Thanks in advance for any advice the community can provide, as I have outlined an itinerary and hope to depart in the next 9 days to maximize good fall weather.
My draft itinerary includes:
Lisbon – 10 days
With such a wonderful city but also the opportunity for day trips without having to rent a car, seemed appropriate to spend more time based here.
Am I missing anything in this plan or are there reasons to be in a certain place on a certain day of the week?
Given the number of day trips, should I look for an apartment near the train station or can I stay anywhere and get there easily enough?
Sun Lisbon (arrive late morning)
Tues Lisbon (Cascais day trip)
Thurs Lisbon (Sintra day trip)
Sat Lisbon (Obidos day trip)
Mon Lisbon (Setubal day trip)
Nazare – 2 days
Drive there in the morning, spend half to a full day there. Second day is for visiting Alcobaca, Fatima, and Batalha.
Coimbra – 2 days (Fri to Sun morning given university town)
Drive from Nazare to Tomar for morning and then on to Coimbra for 1.5 days (2 nights).
Duoro Valley – 3 days
Drive from Coimbra in a.m.
Question 1 – what is good base of operations for three days? Pinhao, Regua or Lamego?
Question 2 – why are hotels so pricey in early October? Any good suggestions to go with Q1?
Porto – 2 or 3 days
What do people recommend as a length of time there?
Also, if I choose to keep my car, are there garages (car park) or must I rely on my hotel?
Note: I to go from Porto to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) next.
Would it be easier and/or less expensive to leave the car in Porto, take the train to Santiago, and rent a different vehicle in Spain for that portion of the trip?
21 days in northern and central Spain, ending in Sevilla (subject of a different forum discussion)
Transport from Sevilla to Algarve region of Portugal
Question – leave car in Sevilla and take a bus or train to somewhere in Portugal? If so, where given next portion of my desired itinerary?
Algarve – 2 days
Salema – 1 day
Evora – 1 day
Lisbon – 1 day prior to departure
Question – can I get a PCR test for return to US (within 72 hours) outside of Lisbon?
Again, my thanks in advance for any suggestions and advice. Ira