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Portugal and Spain June 2014

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I'm leaving next month for a two week trip through Portugal and southern Spain. Going with DH and two DDs - 16 and 18. Have been researching like mad with Rick Steves, Lonely Planet and Fodors, reading trip reports and scrolling through threads here, and reading reviews on TripAdvisor. Have gotten some great ideas and advice here on this site, as always! I'd love feedback and comments on "don't miss" sights and restaurants, and I have a few specific questions on areas of the itinerary that I'm still working on. Accommodations are already booked for all but a few nights.

Day 1 - land in Lisbon, get car and head out for Evora. See Evora as well as we can with jet lag. Any suggestions of where to eat? It will be a Sunday - many restaurants are closed.

Day 2 - guided morning tour of megaliths around Evora. Leave afternoon and drive to Cordoba for one night and one day. Considering flamenco at Arte y Sabores de Cordoba due to rave reviews on TripAdvisor and positive comments here from kimhe, who clearly knows a lot about this subject. Show starts at 10, with an option for dinner at 9. I imagine the food won't compare to restaurants I've seen recommended, but will we be able to eat out somewhere else and still make a 10 pm show, or should we just give in and eat at the flamenco place?

Day 3 - see Cordoba: Mezquita, Roman Bridge, Jewish Quarter, Alcazar. A lot for one day. Depart afternoon for Granada, where we will spend the night (and the next 2).

Day 4: Alhambra tickets (already purchased - thanks Fodorites for that heads up!), morning entry, and booked a private tour with Juan based on recommendations on this forum, I think by ekscrunchy. After Alhambra, wander around the Albayzin. Sleep in Granada.

Day 5: Day trip to the Alpujarras. Has anyone been? Recommendations for lunch and hiking? Back to Granada for the night.

Day 6: Depart early for Ronda. Here I really need some help. Original plan was to high-tail it straight to Ronda, spend the rest of the day and night there. Then the next day drive around the other hill towns and head up to Seville. Then I read about Antequera (on the way), about the megalithic tombs just outside the city, about El Toreal Nature Reserve just to the south, and about Laguna de Fuente de Piedra (flamingo breeding grounds!) just to the north. We love hiking, natural attractions and wildlife - we could spend the whole day in that area! If we do, we will get to Ronda in the evening, see Ronda the next day, and will have to cut short our tour of the other hill towns. See Day 7.

Day 7: Depending on how we spend Day 6, we will either spend the morning in Ronda and then head out for Grazalema and Zahara, eventually getting to Seville that night, or, if we've skipped or cut short the Antequera area and seen Ronda on Day 6, we could possible see the Pileta Cave this day, in addition to Grazalema and Zahara. And what about Arcos? Will we be disappointed to miss that, or will we have seen enough hill towns by that point? Would love to hear people's advice on this part of the itinerary. In either event, sleep in Seville.

Days 8 and 9: Seville. Alcazar, Barrio Santa Cruz, Cathedral, Church of the Savior, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de Espanol. We will be there on June 15 and learned on this forum that there's a great program at Casa de la Memoria that night, so hoping for more flamenco.

Day 10: Leave early for the Algarve. Possibly stop at Roman ruins (Italica, I think) on the way. Don't miss or worth it?

Days 10-12: Algarve. Leaving this a bit open as I think we will need a break from all the running around. We can have some beach time or continue sightseeing in this region.

Day 13: Leave early for Lisbon. Spend the afternoon in Lisbon. Sleep in Lisbon for the rest of the trip.

Days 14 and 15: Lisbon and Sintra. Again, a Sunday night in Portugal. Many Lisbon restaurants are closed. Would love suggestions.

Day 16: Depart Lisbon for home.

Would love comments, suggestions, restaurant recommendations! My apologies for such a long post!

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