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Thank you for all the advise.We are interest in small town,old buildings Churchs and country side.
we plan to go in november.
My Idea is lisbon
train to evora and then rent a car and drop off in oporto.
please advise how many days in lisbon evora and oporto
also I will like to see Obidos coimbra,Not sure how many days to stay on this places.
visit Fatima.
Also do you know if Hotels have free parking or where are best places to stay near Obidos coimbra or I need to stay country side around these village

and sorry I need all the info you can give me my first trip to Portugal

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Hi there,
I have done Portugal several ways on several trips.

1) via trains.
Lisbon-Sintra -Lisbon
Lisbon-Coimbra - Porto - Porto airport

2) via rental car.
Other sites you mentioned.

Ok, staying
Lisbon; 3/4 days ( don't need a car)
Sintra: 1 day (don't need a car)
Belem: 1 day (don't need a car)
Porto: 2/3 days (don't need car once there)
Fatima: 1/2 day (there's parking areas)
Coimbra: 2 days (plenty of parking)
Obidos: 2 days (need to spend the night here, not sure of parking area)
Evora: 1/2 days (if you want to see the megaliths you'll need a rental car) parking areas

Hope this helps.
PM me if you need anything else.
Have a great adventure!

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so where do you recommend to hire a car .
I have total 3 weeks so I dont need to rush and I will love to enjoy every place


Posted by
52 posts

thank you so much.
Need some info about which area to stay in lisbon, we like old buildings easy to walk around to restaurantes and cafes.
Which area do you recommend.
Also Hotel or apartment
thanks again

Posted by
281 posts

As you have 3 weeks I would stay longer in Lisbon than 3-4 nights. I would consider 5 nights, particularly if you want to daytrip to Sintra. We actually stayed 2 nights in Sintra and picked up the car there. Most people don't want to have a car for either Lisbon or Porto.

We liked the Alfama area to stay in Lisbon, but many people recommend Baixa Chiado area. We found apartments to be a better price than hotels.

If you are going to drive to Evora consider 2 nights there. It is a walled town and you will have to park your car in a parking lot outside the town. Obidos you also park outside of the town. The Alentejo area outside of Evora is worth a day to drive and see the small towns near by like Vila Vicosa.

Have you looked at the Rick Steves recommended itinerary? With 3 weeks you really have a lot of time to see the country.