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Week trip to Portugal with mum ... any suggestions re itinerary?


My mum is coming to meet me from Australia and I am trying to plan a trip to Portugal for about a week. Ultimately the trip is for us to spend quality time together, but to also explore a new country. We are looking for a relaxed type of holiday.

Any suggestions would be really appreciated.


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Really, it would help a bit if you explained when you'll be traveling, and what you are primarily interested in (i.e. culture, beaches, etc.) Portugal is an absolutely fabulous place with a wide range of scenery. I have most experience with the southern bit -- the Algarve. There, I would recommend the coastal towns on the western Atlantic coast, and forget the foreign colonies on the southern coast. Top recommendation would be a B&B called Das Dunas in the village of Carrapateira. (Tel. +351 282 973 118).

Recently, work has been bringing me to a city called Viseu in northern Portugal. It too is wonderful. A beautiful old town, great food and crisp blue skies.

If in northern Portugal, and if you need to clog your arteries with a taste of heaven, order the typical plate called the Francesinha.

Remember that Portugal is colder than Australia, and that your mother should remember to pack a jumper, even if traveling in August. Enjoy the trip.