Let's kick-start this new conversation space! What's your favorite destination in Portugal and why?
I'm traveling to Portugal this spring and would love to have some feedback about favorite places to visit, etc. Also, has anyone ever stayed in Pousadas?
I've only been to Lisbon & surrounds, which I loved. If I went back I would go to Lagos for the mind blowing beaches.
Salema was always a gold nugget with us. I've been there two or three times; and friends and family have ALL had great experiences there. We're going again this April, so I'm interested to see how it will be in the spring instead of summer weather time.
Évora. Like the variety of things and food. Megaliths. Take the Ébora Megalithica tour - hands down the best (and completely non-touristy tour I have ever done.), Roman sites. Laid back evenings. A great city to wander.
We spent our June 2013 honeymoon in Portugal and did a big loop from Lisbon, then north along the coast to Porto, stopping at a seaside resort for lunch (fresh octopus, fish stew, and barnacles-a local specialty) while watching their yearly parade in traditional dress (how lucky) and then the Buscao forest on the way (a real gem only slightly off the beaten path, with a wonderful old hotel that I think is a posada), then on to the Duoro Valley, then Salema and back to Lisbon. Every single place has it's merits and it's all wonderful. Hard to pick a favorite. I was too busy planning my wedding to plan our honeymoon so we completely winged it using Rick's guidebook for each hotel and restaurant and all were excellent. Lisbon has it's architectural beauty, tile on every surface, fabulous food, street cars, the port wine institute and so on. A lovely amazing city and stay where Rick recommended along the old part of town with the pedestrian walkway. Be sure to walk to the end of the street and get a glass of ginja while you are there. So delicious. Porto has port. It's an ancient walkable city on the river and we visited as many port houses for tastings as we could manage, listened to Fado music, had wonderful meals, took hop on/off tours, walked forever etc. etc. then went west along the douro river valley stopping at the wineries for more tastings and for fresh cherries at roadside stands (usually an old woman with a chair). We spent the night in a fabulous hotel on the river that was the nicest of my life, as well as a bargain. Meals are served on a vine covered terrace facing the vineyards. Stunning and peaceful. Salema is a small fishing village but with several hotels, restaurants, and bars. We were given the best room of the house with a view to die for, ate fresh octopus for every meal, and admired the fishing boats with the clay pots used to catch our dinner in the old way. The people were lovely and kind. We loved every minute of it. Cheers! Julia
We love the Dao region because of the wine :-) We stay in a lovely B&B near Viseu and look forward to our return this year. The area cuisine is excellent, they press olive oil there too.