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Seeking Portugal itinerary advice (April, 2014)

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I need advice on how to allocate our time outside Lisbon, in a season that may be rainy.

We will spend 11 nights in Portugal in the period April 8-19, 2014. We have reserved 2 nights (Sunday and Monday April 13-14) at the Pousada de Santa Marinha outside Guimaraes. We will drive direct from Guimaraes to Lisbon, where we spend the 4 nights of April 15-18 inclusive.

From our arrival at Lisbon airport (where we rent a car) on April 8, we have FIVE nights to book before we arrive in Guimaraes

We like architecture and fine scenery. We are indifferent to vineyards. We prefer small towns to large, modern cities. (We've eliminated Porto for that reason.)

Here are my questions:

1. I would like to see the sights near Guimaraes, including Braga, Braganca, the Douro landscape and the Casa de Mateus. But are we at risk from heavy spring rains? Should we perhaps re-think that part of the trip and stay further south?

Specifically, is it realistic to plan a day trip (car or train) along the Douro in that season?

2. In the central region, I am attracted by Batalha, Alcobaca, Tomar, Viseu and Coimbra. Can you suggest a single spot to base ourselves for 2 nights, to see these sights?

3. Will we have time to see Evora, Estermoz and perhaps Elvas? Or should we delete these from our itinerary? I don't quite see how we'll get from these easterly points to the parts further north.

Any suggestions on how we might organize, re-package or re-think this itinerary?

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