Im hoping i might get a little advice. My husband, 23yr old daughter and I are starting in Spain May 1st. We have a rental car for our entire trip. We fly home from Lisbon May 23rd.
We have 2 days Granada. 2 Ronda. 1 Cordoba and 2 Seville. Our first night in Portugal is in Lagos May 9th. We have 3 nights (2 full days) there and will enjoy a relaxing beach day along with a day for Salema and Sagres. We leave for Evora am May 12th. This gives us 11 days for the rest of our trip until we fly out on the 23rd.
We will enjoy the big cities of Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. Along with Lisbon at the end of the trip. But we are a little afraid of getting to the..."i dont care if I ever see another church/cathedral/museum/whatever" stage. For example for me 3 days in Paris and Im done, but give me the small villages and the scenic Dordogne and Im a happy camper! So we really want a good mix. Ive noticed many comments about how RS misses a lot of interesting/unique places and having read some trip reports and done research, I have to agree. We really want to see as much as possible especially some of the areas not covered by RS, but
by the same token we are reluctant to spend hours and hours each day in the car.
We definitely want to do a cork factory tour, and of course the chapel of bones in Evora. Monsaraz and the observatory is of keen interest since my husband is an astronomer. Assuming it is considered worthwhile? I love seeing unique things and not necessarily being tied to Ricks recommendations, though certainly theres plenty of his suggestions we'd love to see too.
We have planned 4 full days in Lisbon at the end of our trip, which is to include a side trip to Sintra.
The following is a list of some of the things of interest to us especially after having read Carolyn's (Utah) trip report.
Monsanto. Boulder homes
Night tour of Paleolithic Art.
I know we cant possibly fit it all in but im hoping I can perhaps get a little insider advice on whats worth it and what you all might suggest missing on this our first trip, given our time allotment.
We've even considered cutting our day in Cordoba to give us more time in Portugal. My husband feels Cordoba has a mix of Granada and Seville so perhaps we could cut it on this trip. But Im really not sure it will necessarily help us that much, since again I know we just can't see it all.
I know someone is going to suggest skipping Spain altogether to give us more time in Portugal but thats not an option. My daughter studied in Granada and so our trip is for sure starting there.
We are not huge foodies. I mean we like to eat naturally but its not a huge priority for us to search out fancy or famous restaurants. We would rather spend our time and money on more unique experiences.
Thank you in advance.