Portugal, What did you love there ?

Jun 4th, 2016, 04:15 PM
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Sorry, meant to say those are all in Lisbon. We enjoyed a day trip to Evora.
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Jun 4th, 2016, 06:28 PM
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"... everything I had read that was negative e.g. about pickpockets and such was not true"

I'm not saying Lisbon is better or worse than any other place but it is the only place that my SO had an attempted pickpocket experience. On the other hand, my purse was stolen in London, so there you go.
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Jun 5th, 2016, 05:04 AM
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Just returned from 2 weeks in Portugal 2 days ago. Foz Do Arelho (6 nights), Ericeira (5 nights) and Lisbon (3 nights). Absolutely loved it! Great weather the entire time (not a single drop of rain), incredible foods and the locals are very, very friendly.

We enjoyed the beaches of Foz Do Arelho and Ericiera, although it was windy and the water was too cold to swim in at this time of year we had some great beach walks and sat in the sun most mornings along the beach. There were plenty of surfers and people parasailing.

We did a day trip from Foz to Peniche, an nice fishing village with a huge fort on the water, not touristy at all. Peniche is from where the boats depart for the Island of Berlangas (45 minute boat ride) which is supposed to be incredible. We wanted to day trip to Berlangas but in mid May the boat service was limited. Research Berlangas, I think it would be a must if staying in Peniche.

Another great stop is the walled medieval village of Obidos (20 minutes by car from Peniche). Although very touristy it is a gem and very pretty. The entire village is walled and you can walk along the walls of the village which have incredible views of the country side. Obidos is also famous for it's "Ginja" which is a cherry liquor served in little chocolate cups (delicious) and reasonable for 1 euro a shot.

From Figueira da Foz you could do a day trip to the beautiful fishing village of Nazare (less than hour by car). Maybe the highlight of our trip, the village on a beautiful beach has two parts, the lower town of the beach and the old town which is perched on a beautiful cliff overlooking the Atlantic with views for miles. You reach the old town by a funicular from the beach area. Nazare is considered by some as the "most beautiful fishing village in Portugal" (Rick Steves as a You Tube video of the village).

As for Lisbon, we had a mixed view, beautiful yes, but currently filled by construction. It seemed like there was major construction projects going on everywhere. We had a beautiful apartment in the Alfama neighborhood with a gorgeous outdoor terrace overlooking the river. However there was major construction going on from 8am to 7pm literally 50 feet from the terrace. It was so loud and hectic that we could not sit on the terrace for more than 10 minutes, even though we had great weather.

Escaping the construction we had some wonderful meals in Lisbon and explored a good part of the city.

We are planning to return to Portugal again next May.

Enjoy,

Mike
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Jun 5th, 2016, 06:50 AM
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We loved Quinta de Regaleira in Sintra. The Initiation well was one of the coolest things we have ever seen.
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Jun 5th, 2016, 08:50 AM
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Oh yes, Nazaré ... I forgot about that one. This is where old ladies try to rent out rooms for tourists, sitting on a chair in the streets with a sign board "se aluge quartos" or "alojamento particular". Very typical. http://s20.postimg.org/6mdozuv9p/alojamento.jpg

Costa Nova, very near Figueira da Foz, with its coloured wooden houses, is also very pretty.

And the walk on the ramparts in Óbidos was great, too.
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Jun 5th, 2016, 08:59 AM
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We loved Sintra, you can take a quick train from Lisbon. Walk the walls at Obidose and they have some good restaurants too. My favorite part of Portugal was the Douro Valley. If you can swing it drive or take a boat so you can experience it.
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