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Help with Travel Agenda

Hello -

We arrive in Lisbon on September 30th and leave out of Porto on October 11th.

Would love to see Lisbon, Sintra, Evora, Cascais, Obidos, Fatima and Porto but am not sure how much time to spend in each location or what route to take? Should we drive, take a bus or train? Need to figure out our agenda to book our hotels at each stop. Can someone please help me?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Help with Travel Agenda

Here's what I suggest.

Stay in Lisbon for 3 nights. You do not need a car in Lisbon.

When done, rent a car and drive to Evora (1h20 drive), spend the day there and drive to Cascais (1h40 drive). Stay in Cascais for 2 nights and see Cascais and Sintra (1/2 hr away). Then drive up to Obidos along the coast (Ericeira, Peniche). Spend the night in Obidos.

Drive to Fatima, visit and continue to Coimbra. Although you have not mentioned Coimbra it's very much worth a visit. The University Library is magic but there's much more to see.

Spend 1 or 2 nights in Coimbra.

Then continue to Porto and (depending if you want to visit Coimbra) spend the remainder there. In Porto itself you do not need a car.

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2. Re: Help with Travel Agenda

FTHW -

Thanks for your reply.

About Evora, I take it spending the day is more than enough, no staying the night required.

I read some frightening stuff about driving in Portugal, guess it's probably not that bad.

How long will it take to get from Coimbra to Porto?

Kind Regards.

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3. Re: Help with Travel Agenda

A day will give you plenty of time to see Evora.

No, it's not frightening to drive in Portugal

Coimbra-Porto takes about 1h15 min

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4. Re: Help with Travel Agenda

You come from New York, so most of Portugal's driving habits won't terrorise you too much.The rules of the road are different as are the things the police can fine you for, so it would be a good idea to get familiar with them. Routine traffic stops are commonplace, no probable cause required, so every last bit of paper had better be in order!

A good document to read is this one from the British Automobile Association - theaa.com/motoring_advice/…portugal.pdf

Coimbra to Porto should take about one and a half hours.

More frightening will be the cost of fuel and the highway tolls. Also, be aware that many gas stations are automated at night and that US credit cards without Chip and Pin will not work in them. So do tell youR bank or card issuer that you will be in wild and unknown foreign parts and, if you don´t have one, see if you can get hold of a 21st century credit card.

Évora is a very historic city and in my opinion deserves a full day. You might do without an overnight stop if.say, based in Lisbon which is not much more than an hour's drive, but if you would be faced with a long drive before or after then an overnight would be worth considering.

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5. Re: Help with Travel Agenda

Based on our trip experience, you do not need more than one day in Porto and two days in Lisbon - one of those days being a day trip to Sintra, which was really quite fund (rent Ebikes!). Lisbon and Porto were sort of disappointing as they are overly touristy

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