Extended trip to Portugal

Old May 13th, 2023, 09:31 AM
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Wonderful lunch at Don Quixote!

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While in the Lisbon area, a friend took us to Don Quixote, a tapas restaurant on the western side of Sintra mountain near Cabo da Roca.
It has nice views into the ocean.
We had meat croquetes with humus and imperial, rather than finely ground meat their croquetes have shredded meat ( almost like pulled pork), they are delicious.


View from Don Quixote. Far, far background is Guincho beach. The photo doesn't do justice to the views.


Old wind mill at Don Quixote. The name makes sense if you are familiar with Cervantes book.
Something about this picture of the restaurant stayed with me, and now that we are in Portugal, we went there for lunch. WOW. It was so wonderful. It was my birthday and i was so excited to be in such a magical setting (the natural beauty and the whimsical decoration, seating and plants). Our desserts were some of the best I’ve ever had: incredible tarts and pies. So happy for the Fodors forum to have brought me to this place today!
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Old May 14th, 2023, 06:20 AM
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We just came back from a week in the Algarve and a week in Andalusia, Spain. Thanks for all your tips. I read them all before we left. We might think of doing a few months in Portugal next winter. Loved it!
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Old May 14th, 2023, 05:42 PM
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I'm glad that my post was helpful to you (positive comments are always appreciated).
I have also found the info from other travellers helpful, sharing can make richer travel experiences.

Dom Quixote was an interesting find, the setting was a bit different but so very enjoyable with friends, food, drink and the surroundings we almost forgot time.

Between the practical and the touristy we found the sweet spot for Portugal travel.
We have enjoyed it before on short trips but enjoyed it even more on this extended trip.


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Old May 16th, 2023, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by aulop
sharing can make richer travel experiences.
So true! Thank you for sharing so much of your experience! It was a delight reading you! You made me feel that I still have a lot to discover in my own country!
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Old May 17th, 2023, 09:27 PM
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Waiting for our flight, on way to Porto. Thank you very much for such valuable information!
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Old May 18th, 2023, 06:40 AM
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I'm glad you enjoyed my trip report.
You also have shared lots of info that's been very helpful regarding the city of Porto.
For such a small country Portugal has so much to offer.
We visited Portugal many times and enjoyed every time, the history, monuments, architecture, nature, beaches,food, wine, and just a sense of ease and peace - we feel very safe travelling in Portugal.
Portugal yours to discover.

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I'm glad you found my trip report helpful.
Wish you a great trip.
Since you're going to Porto, Helena Fátima has a lot of local knowledge that might be helpful to you.

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For anyone travelling to Portugal now the temperatures are starting to rise , 38 Celsius is expect in the center of the country.
https://www.theportugalnews.com/news...ter-05/07/2023
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Thank you for all the practical details! A great deal of time was needed to put this all together! Off to Portugal in October!
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Appreciate the positive comments.
Thank-you
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Read this from beginning to end! Thanks. Planning a two week trip for Jan 2024. Really glad to see the blue skies in your pictures. That's the main reason we have chosen Portugal. We live in Michigan, and although I don't mind the cold, I do mind the gray sky.
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I glad my trip report has been helpful, hope you have good weather and an enjoyable trip.

We know grey skies all too well, when you're in Portugal it's very likely that we'll be in Michigan ( Dearborn - Henry Ford museum) as part of a longer road trip.
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Just to report we had a nice trip to Portugal with 5 nights in Porto and 5 nights in Lisbon with a couple of days wondering around with a car in between the two cities. Thanks for the warning about the speed bumps aka pedestrian crossing. I think they are made to look somewhat similar to make you slow down for both
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