Lisbon and 1 other city. Suggestions?

Hi,

I will have limited time in Portugal but I would like to see at least 2 or 3 cities.
I will go to Lisbon for sure...and then I was thinking of going to Faro or Lagos.
I will be coming from Edinburgh as I have seen good flights for Lisbon or Faro so both are possible as my port of entry for Portugal.

I am most likely going alone and enjoy history, culture, the beach and LOVE sports. I don't mind the occasional night out...but not looking for clubbing maybe some nice chill bar and good food.
So if any sporting events are going on and there is a possibility of seeing a game of some sort....Let me know.

Thank you!

Posted by Kathy
Atlanta, GA, USA
51 posts

Val,
I also am planning on going to Lisbon but in early December. I plan to travel to Coimbra to visit Batalha's grand monastery of Santa Maria and the nearby pilgrimage of Fatima. But if that is not of interest, Coimbra is a 700 year old University town.

And of course, go to the Douro wine country!!

This is from someone who has never gone but plans to this year!!

Posted by Val
Long Beach, USA
214 posts

Thank you so much Kathy. I will research your suggestions for sure! Cannot wait to get there late July!

Posted by cbarner1
Chicago
25 posts

Val,

Hello.

I was in Portugal two weeks ago and stayed in Lisbon. On my way to Spain, the bus stopped in Faro. It is a pleasant, laid-back town on the Mediterranean. I think Faro is considered the capital of the Algarve region. Faro has a beautiful marina and seaport. It appeared to be a good town to relax and use as a stopping point for the Algarve. When traveling, it's good to get out of aggressive cities for a couple nights.

As for Lisbon, be watchful, but not overzealous either, on one thing: pickpockets. My wallet was stolen, but most of my money was in a money belt, so it was not much of an issue. Make sure all your valuables are in a money belt of zipped bag. Aside from that, I like Lisbon. It was great to walk through the Alfama and Baixa-Chiado areas. I heard some authentic, not tourist, Fado in the Alfama. The Jeronimos Monastery and Coach Museum in the Belem area are worth seeing. I wish I had had time to see one of the art museums, but I saw three art museums in Spain.

Cheers, C.

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
8025 posts

It's been a while since your original question, so plans must be coming together. The Portugal Tourist Office seems to be promoting golf but I don't know what other sports may be on in the summer. July is a good time to enjoy sun and sea at the Algarve, but if you end up focusing north of Lisbon, e.g., adding Coimbra, then you could stop at a beach town in that direction, such as Nazare.