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Nov. Trip to Portugal-Need help w/first half of itinerary

Jul 22nd, 2007, 05:49 AM
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Nov. Trip to Portugal-Need help w/first half of itinerary

A friend and I are going to Portugal for 14 days in November. Please bear weather and light (dark at 5:30) in giving feedback. We're energetic and don't mind moving around, so one night stops aren't a problem-I'd rather sightsee and do less driving back and forth. I've been trying to sketch out the first half of our itinerary (the last week will be in the Alentejo and Algarve).

Given what we want to see, does it make sense to spend 2 nights in Sintra or move on to Obidos an night 4?

Day One -Overnight Lisbon (11/3)
Walking Tour with Inside Lisbon or Lisbon Walks (If we can get there by 10am Sat) OR
Visit districts on our own: Baixa, Bairro Alto, Chiado, Castelo, Alfama, Sé
Tram 28
National Museum of Azulejo
Tourist tram around the old quarter, if we don't do organized walk
Castelo S. Jorge
Elevator ride up Santa Justa downtown
Moorish Castle Walls

If Time
EXPO - go to the Oceanarium
Berardo Collection of Modern Art

Day Two-Overnight Lisbon
Belem- Coach Museum, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Torre de Belem
Gulbenkian Foundation

Day Three-Overnight Sintra (11/5)
Get car from airport
Queluz Palace
Cascais & nearby beaches w/walk
Palacio Nacional

Day Four-Overnight Sintra (11/6)
Moorish Castle ruins
Pena Gardens-walk to Moorish Castle
Monserrat
Convento dos Capuchos
Sintra area driving tour

Day Five-Overnight Obidos (11/7)
Tomar
Nazare?
Bathala (only if friend wishes)
Alcobaca ?
Pottery Stop-Olaria Vale Coelho between
Obidos

Day Six-Overnight Bussaco (11/8)
Peniche Coastal Drive
Conimbriga
Coimbra (Only if friend wishes)
Hike around palace grounds

Day Seven-Overnight Manchiegas (11/9)
Aveiro?
Drive through Serra de Estrella
Hike

Any suggestions would be welcomed.
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Jul 22nd, 2007, 06:23 AM
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Personally, I would just stay in Lisbon until day 6. You can very easily go to Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon and you won't have to worry about having a car and driving. Last summer, after only having our car for about 3 hrs, we got into an accident in Cascais. Needless to say, we turned the car back in and just went with the train. That was so much easier and much less stressful.

In fact, for Obidos, Nazare,and Fatima,
we went on a day tour with "Inside Lisbon". Again, no stress from driving.

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Jul 22nd, 2007, 02:29 PM
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Day-2 should include Discoveries Monument and Museo do Marina.

About 300m (Quayside) west of the Cais do Sodre station is a Portugalia Brewery Restaurant: Good food and great views ...
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Jul 22nd, 2007, 04:33 PM
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Where is the Cais do Sodre station?
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Jul 23rd, 2007, 01:57 AM
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stillhouse writes: "Where is the Cais do Sodre station?"

It's in the direction of Belem, at the old Ferry terminal, near the Bridge over to Almada and points south. You can get Metro Lisboa there or a train to Sintra or Cascais.
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Jul 23rd, 2007, 08:17 AM
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We did a walking tour the first day. Lisbon is hilly so you'll need some time to recuperate from all the uphill walking. We spent the whole afternoon seeing Baixa, Bairro Alto, Chiado and Alfama and did the Elevator as well. We took Tram 28 back to the hotel. We decided to save the castle for another day.

Here's a link to my Lisbon trip report. http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...rchText=Lisbon
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Jul 23rd, 2007, 08:34 AM
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Some people like to stay overnight in Sintra, but a Namaka says you can easily do the itinerary from Lisbon by train.

One nice thing about having a car there is the ability to take scenic drives along the Lisbon coast. Also, day five you would be ready to go to Obidos.

Do not forget to have some of the wonderful roast pork that the area near Malheade is famous for.

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