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Planning a 15 days long trip in Portugal

I'm planning a 15 days long trip to Portugal (without renting a car) and i'd like to know if it feels too rushed or if it's okay.

I'll start with 2 nights in Lagos (as I'll get there from Seville, by bus). I'll dedicate the first day to Lagos and its beaches, then the next one to Sagres and Capo Sao Vicente. I'd like to spend days 3 and 4 getting the ''taste'' of Ruta Vicentina: i'd stay 2 nights in Zambujeira and i'd like to explore and walk along the cliffs in the section between Odeceixe and Zambujeira, Zambujeira and Almograve or both.

I'd get to Lisbon in the 5th day (by bus from Zambujeira), then i'd stay there for 6 nights: i would use the first part of day 5 to settle down, then the second part of the day and both day 6 and 7 to visit yhe city, then i'd use the remaining days taking day trips to Sinta and Cabo da Roca (day 8), Evora (day 9) and Obidos (day 10).

Then i'd reach Coimbra and i'd stay overnight, meaning day 11 and 12 would be spent almost fully in the city.
After that, i'd reach Porto from Coimbra (by train) and i'd stay there for the last 3 days, with a day trip to either Braga or Guimaraes.

I appreciate very much your answers and advices!

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Since I’m pretty certain the bus from Sevilla will take at least four hours, two nights in Lagos is really only one day. Just Ponte da Piadade will take a good portion of that day. I would add another night in Lagos.
Be sure to really check your bus links for Sagres and up the west coast. From my knowledge, the buses in the Algarve region are pretty limited.

Sintra and Cabo da Roça will be easy day trips from Lisbon. Be aware most people spend an hour or less at Cabo da Roça and, if you have seen ‘ the end of the world’ outside of Sagres, I would possibly skip it. It’s really just a cliff on the ocean.

Evora and Óbidos will be more difficult day trips from Lisbon and Evora really deserves at least one night IMO. Óbidos can be ‘done ‘ in a couple of hours but the transportation there is more limited. The train to Evora is easy and cheap, especially if you book ahead.

Lastly, with only three days in Porto, I would opt for a day trip to the Douro valley over either Braga or Guimarães.

Your trip seems a little rushed to me - especially to be done with public transport. The Algarve is really best with a car.