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Greece or Portugal for 3-4 week fall sojourn?

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Okay, so I thought I'd throw this one out to see what people's opinions are. Which would you choose?

Planning a leisurely trip for next fall, probably close a month. I'm thinking either Portugal or Greece. We have been to both countries. We've spent time in Lisbon and northern Portugal (Porto and lo Minho), and also spent time in the Peloponnese in Greece, including Napflio, some time in Athens, and I was on Crete many years ago.

We are drawn to both places. Both are cheaper than most of the rest of Western Europe, and will be warmer, assuming mid-September to mid-October. We can rent a car in either place for parts of the trip.

Portugal:

- could rent an apartment in Lisbon for a week or two and do day trips by train, then rent a car and do perhaps the Alentejo and perhaps the south. And/or explore the area between Lisbon and Porto.

- lots of historical content, pretty villages, with excellent wine-tasting ops

- a little easier to get to from Toronto, but marginal.

Greece:

- would probably divide time among the Peloponnese, trying to go further afield than Argolis this time, and see the Mani and Monemvasia, a few days in Athens, then a couple of weeks in Crete, focussing on Minoan palaces and some time in western Crete, perhaps Chania.

- lots of ancient sites, with that lovely Greek ambience, food, drink, views of the ocean

Background:

We are older, will be 67 and 72, so no hiking the Samaria Gorge, for instance. Not beach people either, although I do enjoy a swim if it's warm enough. Love history, natural beauty, being able to walk to outdoor cafes and restaurants. We are comfortable driving either place, as long as we stay clear of driving in big cities. We like to take things slow and enjoy the local scene in places, not try to fit in as much as possible.

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