My husband and I will be in Portugal for 2 weeks. We want to focus on history (especially Moorish and Medieval), walking around quaint neighborhoods and nature. We do not drink, have seen enough vineyards and churches and don't like to move around a lot (we prefer to do day trips when possible). There seems to be a lot to do and after my research I think I know what we don't care for- Douro Valley, religious sites like Fatima, etc and I'm not sold on Porto either though I can't imagine not seeing it. We also want to do most of this by train but I think renting a car during our time in the Algarve will be worthwhile (neither of us swims but we like walking on the beach and relaxing for about 2 hours).
What's the best way to see all the below by train? Car? and what's the best order? And have I allotted enough time?
Lisbon (day trips to Evora, Obidos and I'm wondering if Tomar can also be a day trip?) 4 days?
Sintra (really want to sleep at least 1 night here. Sounds very enchanting.)
Now I'm unsure to head North or South? Need to figure out where we pick up a car if we go south.
Algarve - husband wants at least 3 full days and we think we should rent a car to be able to drive to all the places we want to see (Aljezur, Sagres, Silves, Lagos especially the Praia Da Marinha, Faro, Tavira). Want to go on a boat ride to see this coast. We will stay wherever there's a Starwood or Marriott hotel (using points).
Not sure how to squeeze a peek at Mertola. It seems like a very interesting small town.
Heading back North without a car (by train) - if we haven't seen Tomar maybe we can train there and spend the night to explore and the next day head to Coimbra then Porto (day trip to Aveiro).
Honestly I'm confused.