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Week in Lisbon?

Hello, my husband and I are considering a trip to Lisbon in December. We enjoy historic but energetic cities with possibilities for day trips. Would 1 week be too much time?

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I think Lisbon is hugely underrated! I spent 5 full days there a couple years ago and absolutely loved it!!! we took one day trip to Sintra and Cascais, and I felt like we missed so so much and I'd love to go back. I think a week would be great, there is plenty to do and several great daytrips. Lisbon is definitely historic and energetic and I found it to be really unique, maybe a bit "raw" but really a fascinating, friendly, fun, and (relative to the rest of Western Europe anyway) pretty darn inexpensive.

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I would never say that you could spend "too much time" in Lisbon & environs, but if you want to see more I think you could visit a second city.

Another "historic but energetic" city with day-trip possibilities is Coimbra, with its 1,000-year-old university. It's about 2-1/2 hours from Lisbon by train or bus.

Adding another destination tightens up your itinerary quite a bit, and whether it's worth that is of course up to you.

Have a great trip!

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Debra and Adam, thanks so much for your responses. If anyone out there has some other day-trip or side trip recommendations, let me know! I didn't post this because I thought it would complicate things but we are really on the fence about bumping it up to more - 10-14 days - and this gives us more possibilities. Thanks again!

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Porto is an interesting city about 3 hours from Lisbon--too far for a day trip but something to consider if your extend your stay.

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Sarah, we took daytrips to Obidos, Nazare and Fatima two summers ago. One city that I wanted to visit (but we never got there) was Tomar. I wanted to see the Convento de Cristo, a fortified monastery of the Knights Templar. It is a world Heritage site. I think that Lisbon is a good central location for lots of daytrips.

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We have been to Portugal several times. If you've never been to Portugal, 10 - 14 days would be better. You could spend 5 days in Lisbon. Buy a Lisboa pass which gives you free public transportation for 3 days and some free and discounted site entrances for the same time period. You could then go north & stay in Oporto and take a few days to explore that area rather than travelling back & forth. Some interesting locations - Sintra, Nazare, Alcobaca, in addition to the others mentioned in other posts. The food and house wine is great, great pastry shops. Agree that it is relatively inexpensive. You will surely enjoy Portugal!

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Lisbon is my favorite city in Europe. Been 4 times in the last few years and would go again in a heartbeat. I think a week in Lisbon is excellent. As others said, if you add a few more days you can hit some cities that are a bit further and too long for a day trip (Coimbra, Porto). But a week in Lisbon allows you to see Lisbon plus day trips to Sintra, Obidos and Cascais (as I think already mentioned) and also you could head to Evora. I agree with the poster that said it's very underrated. Happy travels

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Concur with Christy, a week in Lisbon with a day trip to Sintra is perfect. Don’t miss the Gulbenkian Museum and eat a pastel de Belem (best pastry in the world!) or six for me. You can see our pictures at: