We are planning a trip to Portugal this spring. We are trying to get from Salema to Nazare with a stop in Evora in one day. What is the best way to do this and is this too ambitious a plan for one day?
It’s just to ambitious. If you want to visit Evora, you’ll need a minimum of 4 - 6 hours. The fastest way to get there from Salema is by car and that takes about 3 1/2 - 4 hours. And it’s about 2 3/4 hours to drive to Salema. Bus to Evora would take almost 6 hours, to Nazaré from Evora bus and train would take 4 hours. Spend a night in Evora. It’s a lovely city and deserves a visit. A nice, inexpensive place to stay is the traditional Pensao Resedencial Policarpo.
Not only are you trying to cover too much ground in one day, you have chosen the two most overrated (by RS) places in Portugal! There are so many nicer places in the Algarve and on the Silver coast. There are a number of others on this forum that share my opinion.
Evora is lovely - worth at least one night and two would be better.
Lagos is a much better place to stay in the Algarve (western). Even Luz, which is much smaller than Lago is much better than Salema.
And, the only reason to visit Nazaré is the large waves, which will be gone by spring. Google Silver Coast Portugal to see a number of nicer towns in that area.
I am one of the posters that agrees with Kathryn! Salema to Nazare is the best part of a 5-6 hour drive on the tedious toll road and all day on the more interesting roads, without a detour to Evora, which deserves more time.
My husband and I are planning right now, and this sounds extremely ambitious! We are going from Salema to Evora and staying 2 nights there. We are actually skipping Nazare altogether as we are more into the sights in Coimbra.