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I Have 7 Days for a Portugal DIY

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I am trying to plan impossible 7 day DIY driving tour of Portugal. We are going to be taking 2 cruises next fall - a Barcelona to Barcelona cruise and Porto to Porto Douro River boat trip. I have 10 days between cruises to see as much of Spain as is reasonable. I also plan to have time before the Barcelona cruise in Spain and after the river cruise in Portugal This post addresses the time after the Douro River cruise..

Considering that we will be away from home for 40+ days on this trip, we can only allow 7 days for touring Portugal after our Douro River cruise.. I have read too many guide books that list what you should see and they are all confusing. We are interested in historical sites, small villages, food, wine, outdoor sites, interesting churches to an extent, museums to a limited degree, and art museums only if they are very important. We hope to split our limited time between Lisbon and 1 or 2 places outside of Lisbon. We do not want to spend this limited time doing one night stands in 7 different places.

Even though we will be stopping at Lisbon on our cruise for 2 days, we will not have much of an opportunity to see much of Lisbon during our port stop. We have booked a 1 day tour to Sintra and we have also booked a half day walking tour of Lisbon on the other day.

Our thought is that for the part of our week outside of Lisbon, we pick 1 or 2 good central locations and do day tours from the central location.

Quite frankly, I do not know much about Portugal so I have no idea what place(s) we should hunker down in and what we should see from our hunker down site. I am also not sure whether we should devote our Lisbon time just to Lisbon or if we should do day trips outside of Lisbon.

I need all the help I can get.

DON

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