I’m having a hard time narrowing down the itinerary for an upcoming trip to Portugal in August. We only have 10 full days. I’ll be traveling with my adult daughter who just graduated from college. We like everything (except spending all day lying on the beach)...cities, countryside, castles, history, art, wine, taking in the culture, hiking, kayaking, biking, etc! Also can't decide if I should rent a car for part of the time, like from Porto - Coimbra ? - Salema - return to Lisbon?
Aug 15 - arrive Lisbon early, train to Porto
Aug 16 - Porto
Aug 17 - Porto
Aug 18 - Coimbra, Nazare or Evora?
Aug 19 - Salema or Lagos?
Aug 20 - Salema or Lagos?
Aug 21 - Lisbon
Aug 22 - Lisbon
Aug 23 - Lisbon (day trip to Sintra)
Aug 24 - Lisbon
Aug 25 - depart from Lisbon
Maybe just three nights in Lisbon, but it sounds like there is so much to do. Is it worth spending two nights in Algarve? It sounds like it will be packed in August, and again, we are not huge fans of lying on the beach. Any thoughts?