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Portugal in October

Would be interested to hear what people feel are must sees for 2 novice travelers on their first European trip! We start in Porto & fly out of Lisbon 2 weeks later. Would be interested in some day hiking/biking.

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Here is Rick's favorite 2 week Portugal itinerary: click

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I enjoyed the Moorish Castle in Sintra, Portugal when I was there in December. I took the bus up and back, but you could hike back down. The area is beautiful.

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You might try walking part of the Camino Portuguese pilgrimage trail to Santiago, Spain. That's one of the Camino Santiago pilgrimage routes. I did the 500-mile Camino Frances route last summer, and it was a blast.

As a pilgrim (you have to get a credencial and have it stamped - I believe you can get one at the cathedral in Porto), you can stay in pilgrim hostels (called refugios or albergues) for cheap, around 5 or 10 Euros a night (but they tend to be co-ed, bathrooms and all). Once you reach Santiago, you can present your credencial and get a compostela certificate at the pilgrim office next to the cathedral.

Anyway, you can google Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and get lots more info. But be careful - it can change your life, and it's kind of addicting... ;-)

EDIT: just so you know, you don't have to be Catholic (or even religious) to walk the Way. Many do it just for the cultural experience. It's a great way to meet people, especially Europeans.

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That's a great idea Erik! I loved Santiago de Compostela. At the end of your walk you could consider staying at the Hotel Residencia Costa Vella--it's such a nice hotel!

Costa Vella

Coimbra, Portugal between Porto and Lisbon is a great town to visit as well.