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My husband and I are going to Portugal in mid-September for 12 days and are working on our itinerary. We arrive in Lisbon and depart from Lisbon. We are early 60s, fairly active -- and prefer midt-to-small towns over large cities. We enjoy history, outdoor experiences and wine regions. Based on previous trips to Tuscany and Provence, we prefer to base ourselves in one or two towns and make day trips in order to really get to know an area-- rather than one-night stays covering large distances.

So far we are booked to be in Lisbon for three days at the beginning of the trip, then plan to rent a car. After that we are in a quandary as to how to budget our time. Locales that interest us are Evora, Nazare, Obidos, Sintra and the Duoro Valley. While the areas south of Lisbon may be interesting, they are not a high priority.

Ideally we would like to rent an cottage or apartment in one locale for 4 or so days, to sight see and chill.

Three options that I have played with are a Lisbon (3 nights), Duoro Valley (3 nights), Obidos (2 night)s, Sintra (4 nights) , either leaving out Evora or making a day trip from Sintra -- OR -- Lisbon (4 nights, with a day trip by train to Evora), Duoro Valley (3 nights), Obidos (1 night), Sintra (4 nights) --OR -- leaving out the Douro Valley and doing Lisbon (3 nights), Evora (3 nights), Obidos (1-2 nights), Sintra (4-5 nights).

I would really appreciate suggestions and comments.

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