I was wondering whether someone might have some advice or personal experiences/preferences to share with me.
I'm traveling to Portugal in mid October and I'm having some doubts about a section of my itinerary. Just to provide some context, we are a couple, have rented a car, are in our early thirties, are very active when traveling (i.e. e like to hike, walk and explore) and really prefer off the beaten track destinations.
Right after Porto, we had planed to go to Cerdeira (schist village, have read great things) for 2 nights to have a full day to hike between the villages, then 1 night in Marvao and 2 nights in Monsaraz (using it as a base to explore a bit of the area, including Évora, where we are not that interested in spending the night).
I'm having second thoughts (because I'm not familiar with Portugal not know anyone who's been in this area) - should be skip the Schist villages and add a night in Monsanto? Should be do 2 nights in Marvao to explore surroundings instead of Monsaraz? Should we just skip one of this destinations and add an extra night in Porto (we are staying for 3 nights there)? Do you think its fine?
I know this is all extremely subjective, but I would love to hear a bit more from someone who's been to this side of Portugal! Thanks in advance :) You've all been very helpful in helping me plan this trip.