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More days than I know what to do with in Portugal

Hi! Seeking itinerary advice. I've ended up with 13 nights in Portugal (end of Oct-beg of Nov), about 2 more than I know what to do with. My original plan was 4 nights in Lisbon, 3 in Coimbra (including a day trip to Fatima), and 4 in Porto. I'm not interested in driving- train/buses are fine with me, and I'm a city gal, more interested in walking around and museums than hiking. I've visited Spain quite a bit and am not really interested in doing anything there this time. I grew up in the Caribbean, so heading to the southern coastal towns are not especially appealing, particularly in the fall. I'm just looking forward for a relaxing trip. But, do folks have any ideas for what to do with my extra 2 days? Are there enough side trips or other activities from these cities to keep me occupied?

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If you spend those two days in Lisbon, giving you six total, you'll have more time for a day trip to Sintra and perhaps another to Cascais. Lisbon is a wonderful city - I don't think you'll regret giving it more time.

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3545 posts

I agree with the previous poster about fabulous Lisbon of ourse incl. the Gulbenkian museum. Also include the walled city of Obidos. NAzare is a nice beach town. Hopefully u will have minimal rain to deal with.

Posted by
2359 posts

This is an enviable problem. Lisbon is a great city with much to see and do. Do take a day trip to Sintra. We did a food tour in Lisbon with Culinary Backstreets http://culinarybackstreets.com and really enjoyed it. I'd get the RS Portugal book and look at the various walks, sites, etc. Have fun!

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2235 posts

Kawena, I recently spent my first two days and nights in Portugal in Sintra, and certainly could have enjoyed another day. It's a lovely small town, with 4 or 5 palace/estates very nearby, each of which merits at least a half a day or more. Excellent food choices too! Also, I spent a few days in Porto, which I enjoyed, and one day took a day tour of the rural Tras Os Montes area and Alto Douro Valley, which was especially enjoyable.

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I agree, add those two days to Lisbon. Many things to do there - great for wondering in the older parts of the city. Note that there are more than 100 museums in Lisbon - mostly small collections that can be seen in an hour or so. Great size for a museum in my opinion.

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808 posts

I would add a night or two in Guimaraes. We liked it more than Coimbra.