Hello my husband and I are going to Portugal for 11 days/12 nights next Fall for the first time. We love hiking, little old villages, castles, beautiful coastline and meeting the locals. We prefer historical sites that are outdoors to museums and dining al fresco at little family run places to fancy restaurants and prefer a small place with live local music to the Dance/Club scene. We will rent a car once we leave Lisbon and will split our stays between guest houses and pousadas and/or apartments. We hope to spend under $150/night for accommodation but will spurge on a pousada. We are going to forgo the Algarve and Alentejo on this trip so we can focus in on the areas between Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley. Here are my initial thoughts on itinerary and I would appreciate any suggestions on towns and accommodations and timing of our stays (such as spend more time here and less time there):
Nights 1,2 -- Lisbon, arrive late in pm; see Lisbon sites
Nights 3, 4, 5 - Stay in one of these towns to see all (we will have car) Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Night 6 -- Obidos or Nazare to explore these towns and coastline
Nights 7, 8 - Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia to explore these towns
Nights 9, 10, 11 - Peso da Regua or some other town along Douro river so we can hike, kayak, wine taste and explore little villages from a riverside base
Night 12 - Lisbon (very early flight in am)
Jennifer from California
We are going to be based in Potamao and will have a car for the two weeks that we are there.
We do not sit on the beach or around the pool and we like to get out and about and see and do things.
We plan a trip to Seville
What little gems do you recommend?
I have searched the travel forum and I have got a few ideas but insider knowledge is always better I feel.
Plus if any VT member is up for a drink or a meal, that could be arranged too.
I go for 3 weeks to Portugal, beginning and ending in Lisbon; I want to travel by public transport; anybody can suggest me an itinerary? I am interested mainly in culture (no beaches)
warm regards, Joan
I need visit visa of Portugal , anyone can help me to get it pls
I want to buy service for 12 while in Portugal. What can I expect to pay and where is the best place to buy?
After we spend a week or so between Lisbon, Coimbra, Gaurda, then south towards Evora/Beja, we will head to Spain for a couple of weeks, before returning to Portugal for the final week, visiting the south coast, the Algarve area, and the east coast. We will have a car. My question is....where would you suggest we cross...Badajoz, or Vila Verde de Filcalho; with respect to what we can see and do on the way to either place,.....we prefer scenery, architecture, small town experiences/food, to big cities and cathedrals/monuments/history. Will we be presenting our passports at the border? Thank you!
I am reading and hearing horror stories, about rental cars being broken into. Once very recent account was 4 cars broken into, in a parking lot, near a popular tourist attraction (castle) at Marvao. EVERYTHING, all luggage, etc was stolen. Is this happening very often, and does anyone know what to do to prevent it?? Naturally we will have our luggage out of sight, but so did the others who had the break-in. thanks
Hi everybody!! It is a good idea to stay in Nazaré in order to visit Obidos, Alcobaha and Batalla? Another idea? how many days to spend there? Thanks a lot for your help!!
Hi everybody!! I am planning a trip to Portugal next June 2014. I could spend 13 days there by public transportation (I dont like to rent a car because I am a woman traveling alone and dont feel safe) What do you think is better?
1) To spend 5 days in Oporto as a base to visit Guimaraes, Braga, etc??...
2) 4 days in Coimbra (go to Alcobaha, Obidos, Nazare and Tomar from there)
3) 5 days in Lisbon (go to Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Cabo da Roca.)
Does anybody have a better itinerary? Should I visit Algarve zone?
Thanks a lot for any advice!!!
Looking for recommended websites for searching for accommodation in rural areas, of the Alentejo area, and ALSO, for 'guest houses' (pensao) and (residenciais) for Alentejo towns, on the coast and inland. Unfortunately, I need them to be in English! Some websites only show 'hotels', and I understand that turismos have lists of accommodation, but overlook anywhere not listed with them. Looking to pay between 50 - 80 euro for a double, with private bathroom, (early to mid Sept) Thanks!
What area, in the Alentejo Region, would be good to see farm land, either crops or livestock, or both?? What area is best for a 'fishing village', being able to see the 'catch of the day'?? What is the pronunciation of Alentejo.....? Al-en-tay-ho??? Thanks in advance!
After spending a couple of days in the Lisbon/Sintra/Cascais area, it appears that we will do a 'loop' in parts of the Alentego Region. Does something like this sound practical - head north up the coast visiting in Peniche, Obidos, Nazare; on towards Lavos, head east towards Coimbra, n/e to Guarda; south to Covilha, Castelo Branco, Nisa, Portalegre, Estremoz, Evora, Beja, east towards Serpa, and then head for Spain?? We'd like to do that or something similar in 5-6 days, is it practical? We don't want to visit a lot of historical buildings/churches, but are more interested in the scenery, villages, small towns, agriculture, food. Recommendations on small towns (and accommo in small hotels/pensions) between the above towns would be welcome. After touring "wherever" in Spain, on our return journey to Lisbon to fly home, would then visit the Algarve area, for the last week in Sept. This is similar, in reverse to BwanaBrown's trip, thanks Glenn!
If you speak English, and have used a gps in Portugal....is it fairly easy to understand? Are the roads, avenues, streets well marked on the streets?? (we had a bit of a bad experience in Italy a few years ago) Thank you!
I suffer very badly if bitten by the little buggers. We are going in October and will be based in the Algarve but we shall have a car and will be travelling all over Portugal and into Spain as well. Am I likely to have problems with the local mozzies?
We are thinking of booking the Belavista da Luz in Portugal. How would we arrange transfers to the hotel from the airport? I think it is two hours away. Would that be very costly? We don't want to hire a car. We wouldn't be at the airport until 2100 hours. Can anyone give some advice please. There will be three of us two adults and a two year old chlld.
My name is Jakob.
A few weeks ago my mother ordered tickets for Lissabon from Expedia.dk. Now that we have opend the tickets we can see that there are missinc one ticket, my ticket! And since I am under 18 I cannot order a ticket for my self. What do I do? I need to go on the same plane, but can i order tickets from another side that allow me to order tickets?
Br. Jakob Jørgensen, Denmark
In your opinion what is the best place to be, in order to walk and be near restaurants, night life and public transportation?
I'm planning a holiday to Portugal. I would like to get suggestions about beautiful hotspring spots and riverside places where to enjoy fresh water, ponds and waterfalls away from noisy crowded places. Thank you very much. Most welcomed suggestions in Italian, Spanish,Portuguese and English. Thank you
Hey VT members! In your opinion what is the best neighborhood to stay in?
Is September high season in Portugal for booking hotels? After I leave Lisbon I want to wing my hotel accommodations? Reading forums, looks like Lisbon and Porto are the two cities that I might want to have reservations in advance? Thanks again for everyones advise!
Much appreciated, L
Hi all guys,
I'm planning a 12 days stay in portugal in june. Never been there before. I have few questions if anybody can help.
1. Better flying to Porto or Lisbon? (I noticed there's not much difference in price from my home airport)
2. suggestion how to split days for visiting Porto, Lisbon, other places in portugal?
3. what else other than porto and lisbon? other interesting places that worths the visit?
4. Car hire: is it easy to find local car hire once in portugal or is it better to book in advance from AVIS/Hertz etc.?
5. suggestions for cheap but decent hotels? We're not a 5-stars-suite guys but don't want to find bad surprises if the hotel is too cheap...
6. what about the weather in june? warm? mild? rainy? short or long trousers? should we put a fleece and a wind jacket in the luggage just in case?
7. any other suggestion? feel free to give your input please!
Thanks for your help
We are planing to travel to Portugal on March 25, just 1 week. We are renting a car and visit Vigo. Any travel advise? How safe is driving in Portugal. Also any recommendations about restaurant in Lisboa, Combria, and Porto. Is crossing to Vigo safe?
we want to rent a car in Porto for 8 days to leave it in Lisbon...touring the Douro Valley, etc. What companies do you recommend? jack
I am at a lost of how to get to Fatima from Lisboa Oriente. My coach brings me from Madrid to Lisboa. I will be having a suitcase and a haversack. I am doubtful that I can catch the public transport. I heard that there are 1/2 day tour buses which runs from Lisboa to Fatima. Is this true, and where can I get hold of these buses.
Please advise of a good resort to holiday in Portugal close a A&E Hospital facilities for someone holidaying with potential health problems.
We are planning a trip to Portugal in December for about a week. I have been there beforem, but only to Lisbon and the Algarve; however, the people coming with me this time have never been. I definitely would like to go to Porto this time and explore the north, but I am up for anything. The goal of our short trip is to see some of the country, maybe 2-3 places, or day trips. To eat and go out at night and have fun. please let me know your suggested itineraries.
We are going to visit Portugal Northern part in May and we just happen to be near Fatima in 12-13.May. Heading from Porto to Lisbon 11.- 14.May with rental car, with lots of stops in between: Sintra, Obidos etc.
So I have some questions is it likely to have serious traffic jams because of pilgrimage around Fatima?
Is it wiser to avoid this area, or is it in a contrary - worth visiting to see all these ceremonies (not for religious reasons)? Or maybe it is not even polite to go there just to see as a tourist?
We are coming to Tavira in September and would like to know where the nearest water park is for the children? How long does it take by car and what resort is it in? How much does it cost please?
has anybody ever stayed at a villa in Gale. What are the transfer times like from the airport, does Gale have any nightlife. Any info would be greatly appreciated,