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Seeking reasonable itinerary

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Reposting due to forgetting to tag the countries!

DH and I (65 and 57), active and adventurous, will be disembarking in Barcelona after a 14 day transatlantic cruise. We have 16 total days/nights in Spain and Portugal, flying back home from Lisbon on day 17.

We have been going around about the itinerary, I'm leaning towards a few days in Barcelona followed by 12 in Portugal. We could fly to Faro and explore around for a few days, train to Porto for a few days. I'd like to include a day or two in the Douro Valley, then off to Lisbon for the rest of the time.

DH is slightly more interested in a Barcelona/Madrid/Porto/Lisbon trip, leaving out the south of Portugal.

Our interested include food and wine, local markets and color, exploring local areas. Not keen on renting a car, we typically are fairly frugal travelers and rely on public transportation and AirBNB for lodgings, keeping it pretty basic, but are not opposed to a big splash out hotel if a certain town merits it.

Any recommendations regarding appropriate amounts of time in any particular place, merits of Madrid vs. south of Portugal, or really, anything you want to share with us..

Thanks in advance,

Gin

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