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10 day trip to Portugal-Itinerary help

My husband and I will be flying into Lisbon and then we have 10 full days in Portugal in July until we need to get to Milan to meet our daughters. We've never been to Portugal before so I need help!

I thought 3 or 4 nights in Lisbon (a little time to get over jet lag), and I really want to spend about 3 days in Cascais because it's our daughters favorite place. Other than that we are totally open to ideas. We would love to rent a car and explore if we could too. And any thoughts on places to stay in Lisbon?

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Three or four nights in Lisbon are great. You can see the city in two days and do a day trip or two. Evora is east of Lisbon and worth a day trip. Sintra is west of London and another day trip, but if you are going to Cascais, save Sintra for then.

I also recommend the ancient walled city of Obidos, that goes back to Roman times. It will take you 2.5 hours to see it.
Batalha Cathedral is worth a stop. My Son visited Coihumbra farther north and loved it.

We spend two nights in Porto and I highly recommend going there. We did a Douro River cruise for a week that was wonderful.

Braga, north of Porto may be worth a visit, we did not go there, but others said it was good.

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Thank you! If we did 3 or 4 nights in Lisbon as you said we would have 2 days to explore Lisbon and one day to take a day trip to Evora. Then to Cascais for 3 days with a day trip to Sintra.

Leaving us 3 days before we need to fly to Milan to meet our daughters. What would be our last stop? Or should we go somewhere else from Lisbon and end in Cascais so we can fly out of Lisbon to Milan? I like the idea of only staying in 3 places rather than rushing from place to place.

Do we drive from Lisbon? I've heard that driving in Lisbon is tough and I've heard that parking in the smaller towns can be tough especially in July.

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If you have a flight already booked from Lisbon to Milan, you could still visit Porto from Cascais.

If you have not make arrangements, you could fly from Porto to Milan.

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I haven't booked our flights so I think that would be perfect. So 3 or 4 nights in Lisbon with a day trip to Evora, 3 days in Cascais with a day trip to Sintra then drive from Cascais for 2 days (?) in Porto then fly from there to Milan. Thank you!