I have read through Forum, and done much research via travel guides and social media. I am ready to start booking flight and hotels, but was hoping I could get first get comments on my final draft.
I am 60, female, and will be traveling solo. I have traveled solo numerous times, mostly in US, but also in Sweden, Italy, and Ireland. I will use public transportation (preferring trains over buses), my own two feet (I can comfortably walk 6+ miles a day), and will hire a private driver or join a small tour if normal transportation means are not efficient. I love art/art museums, churches, architectural sights, historical sights, the sea/ocean/rivers. I am a foodie (particularly with respect to fish, seafood, and fresh vege's), and I have a wine cellar that I like to keep stocked. I would call my budget moderate. I prefer slow travel, using a base for several days, then taking side trips. I plan to do another trip to Spain in 2021 (Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Pyrenees, San Sebastian). For this trip, which will start February 10, 2020 (coming in after family event in Caribbean, so no flexibility on date), I am targeting the following cities. Any and all comments are very welcome! Thanks. (p.s. I understand that two destinations are in southern Spain - I just wanted to keep Topic whole.)
5 days: Malaga, Spain: Picasso Museum; other art museums; Flamenco Museum and Show; Old Town; Castle Gilbralfara; Alcazaba Castle; Botanical Gardens
4 days: Seville, Spain: Real Alcazar; Plaza de Espana (tilework); Barrio Santa Cruz; Barrio Triana; Olive Oil tour; Seville Cathedral; Day trip to Cadiz?
4 days: Faro, Portugal: Day trip to Sagres; beaches; Old Town
7 days: Lisbon, Portugal: River Cruise (Rio Tejo); National Azulejo Museum; Principe Real for shopping; Castelo de Sao Jorge; Lisbon Cathedral; City walk to explore Chiado, Baixa and three main squares; Cathedral Se; Time Out Market; Carcavoles Beach; Day trip to Sinta; Day trip to Evora; Statue of Christ; Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira; Alfama district; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Convento das Trinas; Belem, MAAT
2 days: Coimbra, Portugal: Explore Coimbra; day trip to Tomar or Fatima?
7 days: Porto, Portugal: Stroll Ribiera; Fado Museum; Central Comercial La Vie; Livaria Lello & Irmoa; Gaia - Cantinho das Aromaticas; Port tastings; Day trip to Barcelos for market; Day trip to Duoro Valley - cruise down, boat back; promenade to Matosinhos - Fish Market; Leca swimming/tidal pools (probably closed, but would like to see even if from distance); Soares dos Reis Museum; Shopping on Rua Fabrica (Mercado Na Invicta)
I am so excited! If you think some things are really not all that interesting, or if I missed anything big, please let me know! Thanks, again.