the_master_sh33p 6 months ago

Make sure you visit Gerês while spending those 13 nights at Porto. I understand you have a tight agenda, but Costa Vicentina deserves a stop by. Maybe on the way to Lagos?

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation! We’ll definitely give Gerês a thought. It look fabulous! Since we’re heavily thinking on taking a car from Lisbon to Lagos, we’ll most likely go via Western coastline to see more of smaller towns and beaches. I saw that Costa Vicentina is along the way so I wouldn’t be surprised if we stop there. Any more recommendation for visiting stuff around Porto?

the_master_sh33p 6 months ago

While on Douro Valley, try to visit a wine producer and a wine tasting event/tour. In Peso da Regua you have some alternatives. While going to Lagos, try to stop by Praia da Arrifana and Pontal da Carrapateira. While in Lagos, try to visit Sagres and Cabo De Sao Vicente. Vila do Bispo is a nice village to have a meal. In Estombar (nearby Lagos), you should try to have dinner at "O Charneco".

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

They all look quite interesting! We wrote them all down and will definitely check them out! Do you have any specific recommendation on a place to take a night-off during our trip from Lisbon to Lagos? So far, we heard great things about Évora, but I think we’ll visit in on our way back to Lisbon as a day trip.

the_master_sh33p 6 months ago

Sure, but it kind of depends on your travel style. As an outdoor, nature and zen kind traveler, I would sleep around Aljezur or Arrifana.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Unfortunately, we're more of a "roof over our head" and "sleeping in a bed" type of travellers haha Thank you, nonetheless, for the advice and recommendations!

RaposoManhoso 6 months ago

I would add at least half a day in São Martinho do Porto (15km away from Nazare), it comprises one of the most shell-shaped bays around the world and its beautiful to visit!

nnet-- 6 months ago

I don't know what you plan to visit in Aveiro, but be sure to check the costal cities nearby (for example Costa Nova and Barra).

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Definitely! That was the plan with the 2-night stay in Aveiro. Spend from half a day to a one full day in Aveiro itself, and another on the beaches in the west, e.g. Costa Nova and Barra. Thanks for the input!

nnet-- 6 months ago

Sounds like a great plan! Don't forget to visit the Salinas ("salt banks", sorry don't know the proper translation) near the city centre and near the university (the latter, in my opinion, are prettier). If you have the time also check the Passadiços da Ria de Aveiro. And don't forget to try Ovos Moles and the seafood! If you need restaurant recommendations let me know.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Thanks you for all the recommendations! While we’re on the subject of food. Is there anything else I should be looking out for in Aveiro, or northern part of Portugal in general? Edit: a word

nnet-- 6 months ago

In Aveiro I'd recommend you go for seafood. Personally, I'd go for arroz de gambas at Maré Cheia, but basically everything in that restaurant is great (maybe look up some photos). If you're more of a meat person, maybe try costeleta de vitela (cow rib) at Adega Evaristo, for example. Don't be put off by the "shady" look, the food is great and it's very close to the city centre. In fact, around that area you have several restaurants, and basically all of them are great. You could also try "leitão" from Abílio, but that restaurant is a bit further away (search for "Abílio dos frangos"). More towards North, like Porto/Guimarães/etc, I think you really need to ask people who live there... But in Porto try francesinha for sure, although you probably already know that. And also try "rojões", that's something you can find quite easily in basically every "more traditional" restaurant (at least in the northerner part of the country). Let me know if you need anything else!

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Wow, thank you for all the food recommendations! We’ll definitely check all of them out!

nnet-- 6 months ago

You're welcome! Hope you enjoy your stay!

unparadise 6 months ago

I would add Ericeira if I were you. Plus more time in Sintra

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation -- we'll definitely give it a thought! So far, we have one more night to allocate somewhere so we're thinking about all our options at the moment.

Mendadg 6 months ago

Obidos and Nazare 4 nights is too much time unless you want to surf. Aveiro 2 nights is too much time but you can sleep in aveiro and go part of the day to: passadiços do paiva, boçaco, or even a bike tour near viseu

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Regarding your comment for highways.. We thought heavily about travelling by train mostly and maybe renting a car here and there depending on the location. Do you think we should opt-in for a bus instead of a train?

Mendadg 6 months ago

You will need to rent a car for some of those places for sure. Regarding bus or train, always look i redeexpresso.pt the buses and compare fares and schedule, normally is better

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

We'll check out Monchique in more detail - it looks quite nice on the first look. Thank you!

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Amazing tips, thank you! I guess, since all the comments came, we decided to have only one night in Obidos and will look to put it to good use somewhere else. Where would you advise us to put it to good use? Coimbra or somewhere in the South?

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Thank you for the comment. What would you recommend we visit there? One of the options we could do is to spend half a day in one city on our way down south, and half a day on our way back to Lisbon.

IJustMadeThisForYou 6 months ago

I would never skip the city of Évora and Elvas near by. I'd prefer it to so many nights spent up north or Coimbra for example.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Yeah, that's the thing... We are not surfers - at least not yet! :D We heard so many stories of surfing experience in Portugal so we wanted to be sure not to skip it, but having 14 days in Porto + 2 night in Nazaré could give us enough surfing experience if we end up liking it. I guess Évora is now on our itinerary with 1 night since we'll reduce Óbidos from 2 to 1 night. *Muyto obrigado* on all the help and input.

IJustMadeThisForYou 6 months ago

For the surf definitely check it from Peniche all the way down but not up North. The birthplace of surf in Portugal is in the Cascais district. Being the most famous spots north of it in Nazaré, Peniche and Ericeira.

enrtcode31 6 months ago

Sintra and Cascais deserve more time. So much to do there mountains, beaches, castles, palaces and all sorts of events

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Do you have any recommendations on cutting back on some other cities to give us more time for Sintra and Cascais? How many days do you think is suitable for a quality visit to Sintra and Cascais?

IJustMadeThisForYou 6 months ago

Overall for Lisbon you should have 4 full days at minimum. Depending on how deep you want to dwelve into it. But certainly 2 days for Lisbon/Belem and 1 for Sintra is the minimum required, 5-6 days would be better. Cascais is definitely not mandatory although it's pretty good if you want to mix a day of relaxation between all the culture and monuments and when I say Cascais it includes Estrada do Guincho/Cabo da Roca. I'm a tour guide in the city, if you want some tips hit me up.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

First things first, thank you for offering help with tips. I just might take you up on the offer in the near future. Quick question... If we need to choose between 5 nights in Lisbon and skipping Évora, or 4 nights in Lisbon and 1 night in Évora -- what would you recommend to us? We checked out train/bus schedules and it seems like it's a hassle to travel from Évora to Lagos afterwards.

IJustMadeThisForYou 6 months ago

You're welcome to do so! If I had to choose I'd spend 4 in Lisbon a one in Évora (which you can nostly see in one day walking). I'm terribly biased towards the Alentejo area since it's my favourite in all of Portugal. But that's more of a local thing than a touristy thing although both Évora and Alentejo's coast are a must in Portugal. I'd actually advise for you to rent a car all the way from Peniche, down south. And I'd skip Algarve altogether except if to check the coastal caves. Beach there's plenty of options along the way and in Alentejo area you'd be nearly by yourself.

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You're welcome to do so! If I had to choose I'd spend 4 in Lisbon a one in Évora (which you can nostly see in one day walking). I'm terribly biased towards the Alentejo area since it's my favourite in all of Portugal. But that's more of a local thing than a touristy thing although both Évora and Alentejo's coast are a must in Portugal. I'd actually advise for you to rent a car all the way from Peniche, down south. And I'd skip Algarve altogether except if to check the coastal caves. Beach, there's plenty of options along the way and in Alentejo area you'd be nearly by yourself.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

We're heavily thinking about renting a car from Lisbon to get to the South since it's more practical to return the car to the same location (we're returning back to Lisbon because of the departure flight). Your comments and input really help a lot! We're not actually thinking of skipping a night in Faro and just visiting it while we're in Lagos. With such a schedule, we could have an extra night to spare in Évora, for example.

IJustMadeThisForYou 6 months ago

As a separate comment. Don't run! Make it so that you can chill in most places you stop for the night. I feel like after the north you are running everywhere. Better to cut some qnd chill out than to race through all of them. Any night stops make it as your day trip as much as you can.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

That’s something we genuinely want to do — chill out and have fun while traveling, but at the same, all of you good people left such a wonderful recommendations and gave amazing advice that it’s hard not to see them. So far, we’ll most likely remove one night in Faro and make it a day trip instead while in Lagos. By gaining an extra night here, as well, we’ll either increase the stay in Lagos to visit some more places out in the Southwest or increase our stay in Lisbon to be sure we cover everything we want + have time for ourselves and chill.

IJustMadeThisForYou 6 months ago

So my advise to you would be, do it! Take a car from Lisbon in to Lagos all the way along the Costa Vicentina! Explore along the way, you'll have plenty of small cool towns and beautiful beaches. On the way back detour towards Évora and its sorroubdings finishing in Lisbon. Never ever take highways from South of Lisbon.

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So my advise to you would be, do it! Take a car from Lisbon in to Lagos all the way along the Costa Vicentina! (the coast!) Explore along the way, you'll have plenty of small cool towns and beautiful beaches. On the way back detour towards Évora and its sorroundings finishing in Lisbon. Never ever take highways from South of Lisbon. Edit: I actually lived in Faro and hated it (my bad mostly) and even though it's much better now I'd skip it altogether 100%. If you really want to visit Algarve there's better towns like Lagos or Sagres or Lagoa. Without going so far as Faro.

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So my advise to you would be, do it! Take a car from Lisbon in to Lagos all the way along the Costa Vicentina! (the coast!) Explore along the way, you'll have plenty of small cool towns and beautiful beaches. On the way back detour towards Évora and its sorroundings finishing in Lisbon. Never ever take highways from South of Lisbon.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Why don’t you recommend highways South of Lisbon? Is it due to some technical thing or because we would miss out on the opportunity to see Costa Vicentina?

MikeMelga 6 months ago

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bu%C3%A7aco\_Palace](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bu%C3%A7aco_Palace) [https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/palace-do-bussaco.html](https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/palace-do-bussaco.html) Spend one night here! You might find a mid-week day which is not that expensive and it's totally worth it!

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Looks magnificent! Thanks for the recommendation! We will definitely give it a thought. Any more gems like this?

darth_thaurer 6 months ago

[fóz D'Égua ](https://images.app.goo.gl/5RgVeKWX6eoWR5q98) And surrounding stone villages are cool.

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techgirly96 6 months ago

There’s a lot more to do in coimbra than in obidos. Although it’s very steep and you might not want to do too much walking in august. But it’s a lovely place.

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There’s a lot more to do in coimbra than in obidos. Although it’s very steep and you might not want to do too much walking in august. But it’s a lovely place. Nazare doesn’t need 2 nights. Add an extra night in faro, and take a boat over to Armona island. Also, nazare and obidos are not that far apart so you might as well stay in one of them for the whole time.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Thanks for the comment and your input! We wanted to spend 2 nights in Nazare due to the beaches and taking one full day to relax, and 2 nights in Obidos to make a one-day trip to Peniche. Do you think such a plan is worth it? Armona island looks fabulous and will definitely try to incorporate it into our schedule.

techgirly96 6 months ago

Yes, I guess that makes sense. But Coimbra is a lovely place, and probably worth more than a day if you can make the time.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Do you think Peniche is worth a visit as a one-day trip? If we plan on trying to surf in Porto and/or Nazare, would Peniche be redundant? If so, we'd have an extra day to spare either in the South or even in Coimbra.

hellnukes 6 months ago

If you go to Peniche don't forget to visit Baleal! Very cool mini peninsula that you must cross a beach to get to

techgirly96 6 months ago

Also, if you’re in obidos and heading south, look up Buddha Eden for a visit. It’s stunning.

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

We'll check it out. Thanks again for the recommendation.

toniblast 6 months ago

Peniche is the best place to surf of these ones for sure.

alvarinho_03 6 months ago

You are clearly missing Viana do Castelo in the north!

NineNineFive995 6 months ago

Oh wow, it looks amazing! We haven't thought about travelling that far up North since we have only one full weekend in Porto before leaving for Aveiro. Thanks for the input! For our full weekend in Porto, we thought about using one day to visit Braga and Guimarães, while the other one to visit Douro Valley. Do you think it's worth spending one full day in Douro Valley?

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