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Portugal in 7 Days

Looking for advice on best useo f 7 day trip to Portugal. Arriving (Lisbon)from US on overnight flight in AM of Oct 6th. Departing mid morning of Oct 13th. So have 7 days on ground. Do we do Lisbon, Sintra, Evora, Obidas. Do we head south to Algarve, should we spend a couple days in Madiera, any advice would be appreciated?
thank you

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Have you checked out Rick Steves book on Spain/Portugal? I read the book and took his tour and found lots to like in the book. Happy travels

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I was in Portugal two years ago. Did 10 days there and just loved the Sintra, Evora, Obidas area. The coast was rocky and wild, gorgous and the people so welcoming. It's pretty rural, not a lot of tourists and really interesting. Driving was easy too. (Don't go there if you don't like pork though...LOL...Lots of black pigs and cork trees.)
We didn't go south because we wanted to avoid the tourist areas and are happy that we didn't. We went in October also. A nice time of year.

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112 posts

Do the Lisbon and other towns. The Algarve
is so overbuilt with condos, hotels, etc. It
really didn't hold any charm for us. It is a good
time of the year to go.
When we were in the Algarve, we left and drove to
Sevilla for 2 days.

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thank you

so i am looking at doing a loop lisbon
day 1 lisbon
day 2 lisbon - that evening drive to salema
day 3 salema
day 4 salema/cap sagres
day 5 tavira
day 6 evora
day 7 obidas/sintra
day 8 departure

too much- changes?

thanks for your help

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You might want to try Nazaré and Fátima. Although I am not too religious, it was quite an experience visiting the Fatima Sanctuary. It is impressive to see how faithful people can be and all the history of the 3 little sheperds that the Pope Jean Paul II, admired so much.
Also try Porto, great place, and great Porto Wine.

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It would too much for me. It is a drive down
to Selema, although I just read about the south
west coast and it sounded very interesting. Not
touristy like the rest of the Algarve. We drove
down from the north to Evora.
We went to a wonderful chinese restaurant there
(I know, I know, but it was so good after having
so much of the same for several days). The
waiter was beside himself because I did the
ordering. I think we ruined his evening.