I know I asked about Portugal about a year ago, but our trip
got delayed (because of a longer trip ).
Next spring we're really going.
We only have a week there and are planning to rent a car,
visit Lisbon... and then what?
Is two days enough in Lisbon? What's the best place to head
for some quiet countryside and beach?
All help appreciated.
Lisbon is a great city - was there for 5 days - 2 may be enough but I didnt wanna leave. u should head south - the Algarve is sooo nice and many beaches along the coast i heard were great. Lagos is a overrun with tourists, mainly Canadian and Aussie backpackers so beware (not so quiet beaches there but good partying)
I did the same as you, fly lisbon and rent a car. Only dirrence is that I had 2,5 weeks. We drove up from lisbon trough the centre of Portugal to just above the Douro valley and then via Porto along the shore back to Lisbon. A lovely trip.
Places I really enjoyed were Tomar (small place in the centre of the country with a really beautiful tempeleers castle and a beautiful river nearby where it was good swimming), Praia de Tocha (for being not completely built full with big appartments and hotels), Coimbra, and Porto (imo a much nicer and more pretty city than lisbon!)
And I have not been to sintra but that is also said to be a do-not-miss.
"And I have not been to sintra but that is also said to be a do-not-miss."
Yeah Sintra is a very nice town not far from Lisbon. A Moorish castle ruins high on the hillside.
Thanks for helpful comments!
I was especially intrigued by Tomar.
Hope you make the trip this time:-) I lived in Lisbon for two years, so if you only have two days I advise you to see Belem, Alfama and least spent one night going out in Bairro Alto. Walk from bar to bar to get a feeling for the place. If you like folklore, go to a 'fado' restaurant in Alfama. Try to fit in a day-trip to Sintra. IT is really lovely there. You can walk up to the Castles (two on the top of the hill) from
the train station. I would advise you to drive up north unless you really is a BIG beach-fan. The Algarge is very touristic and a bit
fake in my opinion. Also you will pass the alentejo region which unfortunately is not as nice a landscape - in fact boring - as the northern part of the country. Although Evora is a intersting city.
Up the northern coast you can find many quiet and beautiful beaches though the water is colder than the Algarve ones.
Porto is indeed a nice city and quite different from Lisbon. Parque natl. Geres is close by and if you like nature that would be the place to go. Tomar is def. intersting another historic city with a medieval
wall is Obidos. One of the nicest trip I did there, was going to the small island of Berlengas a bit north of Lisbon. You can catch a boat to Berlengas from Peniche in the morning and come back in the afternoon (there is also a campground on the Island).