Help with Portugal and Porto

Old Jul 19th, 2018, 08:40 AM
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Help with Portugal and Porto

Hi all, I am going to Porto Portugal October 11 for 7 nights. I am using this as a base. I was hoping the experts can give me some ideas I can do day trips from Porto to other interesting places in Portugal. I will not have a car, so I will need to use bus and train transportation for my day trips. I love the beach area, not that big always going to Museums, heard about castles in the area. Would probably go to Lisbon for a day trip, and maybe Fatima. Although I heard it is the 100 year anniversary of the sighting of the Virgin Mary, so I would like to stay away from very large crowds.

Any suggestions on day trips, and the best transportation mode to get there will be very much appreciated!!!

Thank you!!!
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Old Jul 19th, 2018, 08:59 AM
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why not split time between Porto and Lisbon? A day trip to Lisbon would be very ephmeral experience - but there are several great day trips by train from Porto (which has its own beach too) - research Guimares, Braga, Batalha Monastery, Duoro Valley - book Lisbon trains online at Portugeuse Railways web site and get discounted fares over walk up - Fatima is a bit hard to get by public transit but possible. Anyway great resources for trains and where to go check and BETS-European Rail Experts and sage tips on booking own trains online.
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Old Jul 19th, 2018, 11:00 AM
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Make sure you visit Guimares, the original capital of Portugal. Lots to see and do tnere. We spent a couple of days. Also, Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo, Braga.We had a car rental so can’t help you with public transportation. You can take a day cruise up the Douro River past the terraced vineyards too.
I agree that you stay in Lisbon for several days.
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Old Jul 19th, 2018, 02:23 PM
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Yes, Guimares was so exceptional - did not know much about it but really liked it.

Braga was nice but its highlight for us was:
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