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Need help with driving from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in Portugal

Need help with driving from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in Portugal

Jan 21st, 2008, 06:42 PM
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Need help with driving from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in Portugal

I need some advise on our trip itinerary. My husband and I want to fly from JFK to Santiago de Compostela stay there 3 nights - rent a car and drive through Portugal. Our first stop will be Porto, which I need some hotel recommendation. From Porto I would like to stay in Coimbra, one night and than drive to Obidos staying 2 nights and Lisbon.
From Lisbon we want to go to Seville and I would like to have some suggestion on the best way to get there. If we should continue driving or take public transportation.
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Jan 21st, 2008, 08:23 PM
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Because of the probably hefty cross-border drop-off fee, a car might turn out to be your cheapest option to get to Seville.
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Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:03 AM
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What airline is there from JFK to Santiago??

There's a toll road from Santiago to Tuy (or Valença do Minho). They drive very fast on that Expressway; but I like the Coastal road from Vigo to Baiona to LaGuardia. Near LaGuardia is Monte Santa Tecla with a Celtic (Castreño) village that's a National Historic site.

From Lisbon, there's also a west-east expressway you can take to Badajoz, then it's secondary roads to Sevilla. Or, you can drive south from Lisbon to Albufeira or Faro, then across the bridge to the Province of Huelva (Spain) and from Huelva a limited access expressway to Sevilla.

I think I prefer the latter.

I concur with Michael on drop-off fees. Other car related matters: Always try to park where there is always an attendant on duty.
Do your Andalucia touring before you get to Sevilla so you don't have to worry about driving/parking in Sevilla.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 09:06 AM
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We are flying from JFK using Iberia with one stop in Madrid before reaching Santiago de Compostela.
We decide to drive to Seville from Lisbon but will drop the car at the train station.
I would like some help with some hotel recommendations with parking for Porto and Coimbra. We prefer to stay with walking distance to major attractions.
Also can anyone recommend an apartment for a week in Seville? Barrio Santa Cruz. I have a cousin that will meet us in Lisbon and from there we are going to Seville.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 10:59 AM
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Hi, Amo,

On another recent post, I recommended the Hotel da Bolsa and the Pestana Porto in Porto. Both are very centrally located. The Pestana is actually right on the water, looking across the river at the lodges and looks very nice. I stayed in the Hotel da Bolsa, kind of a faded charming place, a few blocks away and right next to the Stock Exchange building. There is a huge public parking garage right in that square and we just left our car there for three days and it was fine. Not too expensive but I don't remember specifics. Both have websites you can easily find.

In Coimbra, I've stayed at the Hotel Astoria. http://www.almeidahotels.com/ Great location, close to lots of parking. It's right on the river, across the street from the pedestrian zone where all the historic places are. And it's very easy to find, as you come toward the center, just get next to the river and you'll see it. We just left our car on the street overnight without problems, but there is a lot close by as well.

If you prefer an out of town location, the Pousada at Condeixa-a-Nova in Conimbriga is quite nice. It's about ten miles south of town. It's new construction but has a lot of old furnishings and architectural details from the building that was demolished to build the pousada (I think that's the source anyway). Nice balconies and green space. And there are several nice restaurants in walking distance. Also, it's close to the Roman ruins at Conimbriga if you were planning to visit them.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 11:31 AM
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Hi lreynold1,

I booked my hotel in Santiago the Compostela (Costa Vella) based on your recommendation. I know that you travel there every year.
My grand-parents immigrated to Brazil from Lugo and Pontevedra and I wanted to visit this place at this time.
I was thinking that after staying in Santiago for 3 days I will rent a car and drive through Lugo and from there to Pontevedra.I may stay one night in Pontevedra and drive the next day to Porto, which I will e-mail the Hotel da Bolsa today.
Please can you share some information and if you know the best inside roads to take.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:22 PM
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Hi, amo,

I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to give you too much good information on driving in the area around Santiago, because I always arrive there on foot, walking the Camino. Last spring, my husband and I did a short driving trip in Galicia, and we focused on the area around Ourense and the Sil and Minho River canyons. One thing I can tell you is that you will need a very detailed road map if you hope to avoid getting lost in Galicia. There are many minor roads -- we had the Michelin Regional map for Galicia, and we could have used a lot more detail.

Driving from Lugo to Pontevedra will probably mean that you will go back through Santiago. I think you could also go through Ourense but it might be a bit longer.

I have walked from Porto to Santiago, and so we passed through Pontevedra, which is an absolutely beautiful town. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Sorry I can't be much help with the driving.
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