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hubs in Portugal for 14 day visit

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we will be in Portugal for a 14 night visit next June. The basics:
1. yes we will have a car
2. we are most interested in historical sites, museums of all kinds (art, handicrafts, history, culture), botanical gardens, and just wandering through villages, hiking in national parks
3. we'll probably skip the algarve as if we wanted beaches we could do that closer to home

So here's the question. most of the guidebooks seem to suggest itineraries that involve driving from village/town to town with only one night in each. We've learned in the past that when we do that we end up spending half the time checking out, finding the next place and getting our bearings. So we want to identify 3-5 hubs to stay in from which we can venture out. Minimum 2 nights in each, preferably 3 (except maybe last night in Sintra). I'm thinking start with 3-4 nights in Lisbon before hitting the road.

potential "hubs" I've identified to date in addition to Lisbon: Coimbra, Evora, Tomar , Obidos, Oporto and Viana Do Castelo.

which would you recommend given our interests and how many nights would you stay in each. It's a little hard to tell from the books how long the travel time is between stops, but again, I would rather stay put and venture out than try to relocate too often.

thanks

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