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Would a stay at Braga or Coimbra be better for a first visit to Portugal

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We will be spending 3 weeks in Portugal May 2015. When planning our itinerary I am not including the Algarve for this May visit. When we went to Andalusia this year the only place that disappointed us was the Costa del Sol. I may be wrong but the beach towns along the Algarve coast seem similar after my early research.

We will be flying in and out of Lisbon. It is my plan to take the train to Porto soon after our arrival at the Lisbon airport.

The itinerary that I've put together so far is:

3 nights in Porto

4 nights staying at a winery in the Duoro Valley

3 nights in Coimbra

4 nights in Nazare

3 nights in Evora

7 nights in Lisbon.

Putting in our travel dates finds us staying in Coimbra during the week of the Burning of the Ribbons celebration. I can't decide if that would be a wondeful time to be visiting or a very bad idea. We are not the same age as the revelers however we certainly would be happy to party with their parents ;;)

I'm wondering if adding Braga in place of Coimbra would give us a better itinerary for a first time visit. With the current plan we will not be seeing any of the region above Porto. As our interests lean toward visiting religious sites, museums, palaces and seeking local culture much more than outdoor activities would the area around Braga be a good stop in place of Coimbra?

Thank you for any suggestions or comments to help me with our Portugal itinerary. Deborah

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