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9 days with the gf: portugal vs sicily, or neither?

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Having researched for 2-3 weeks now, I am at my wits end and thought some of you fine folk might be able to offer me advice (I've found useful information here as an unregistered lurker). I've reached a stage of extreme indecisiveness by now!

I'm looking to go somewhere in Europe with my gf from the 28th of May to the 6th of June. We're ideally after a mix of things: both higher-intensity city/culture/architecture type stuff, as well as more relaxed beach/nature attractions. In the past we've done things like a few days in Rome followed by a few days in Venice, or Barcelona & Majorca, which was a pretty effective mix of the two. There's a definite preference for warm weather too.

The two places I've been thinking about mostly are Portugal (split between Lisbon and the Algarve, with some day trips to older towns in the interior?) and Sicily (a couple of days in Palermo, then base somewhere else with drives around to see older towns, see Mt Etna & nice beaches too).

I'm really leaning towards Portugal because I've read that car rental firms in Sicily require an IDP if you have a non-european license, and I will not be able to get this done. I may be able to get my embassy to do a certified translation, but a) I'm not sure if I can, and b) I'm not sure if this will work even if I get it done. If I plan my holiday in Sicily around a car and it gets declined, that would suck. And I'd rather avoid public transport there.

On the other hand, most things I read (including an old topic on this forum) definitely say Sicily is a better trip than Portugal. I've even come across a few posts/articles talking about how Lisbon/Portugal is boring/underwhelming, and so I'm a bit hesitant. This will be the longest holiday I've gone on so I'd like to pick a good destination for it.

I would really appreciate any feedback here, anything that helps me make a decision would be very very welcome. I'm also open to new destination ideas - we've both seen too much of France to want to go back there right now, Switzerland would be too expensive, and Northern Europe too cold, but if there's anything you think would be better I'm definitely open to the idea. Even if it just confuses me more..!

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