Ok, the plan is 1.... could possibly stretch it to 2 weeks in Portugal. What should I DEFINATLEY do?? Where should I DEFINATELY go??
In terms of travelling, I'm into culture, the REAL feel of the country... not just the touristy spots. I like wandering through the back streets, visiting dodgy little 'local' eating places etc. Don't mind doing a BIT of the touristy stuff, but would mostly like to find the hidden little gems off the beaten track.
Any suggestions would be welcomed, including the touristy spots cos I know they have a lot to offer!!
Thanks in advance!!
i traveled portugal last summer for 2 weeks. I started in Lisbon.
Lisbon - although a capitol city - stil retains much of the Old way of portugal; windy streets, medeival architecture and still the freshest seafood anywhere in the world.
Lisbon also offers great day trips - one i took to Sintra - a small tourist town to the North west but a great Moorish Castle that overlooks the old city.
From Lisbon I went south to Evora - a small inland town that you should see - again - its like how Portugal was for centuries - even a cool Roman ruin.
And for the Tourist center of Portugal - but undoubtedly the most pristine natural beauty - the ALgarve. But although the amount of tourist is overwhelming - especially in Lagos, the trip is worth it...just for the beaches alone.
Apart from Lisbon and the nearby Sintra, I´d also go to Mafra (also near Lisbon and Sintra) and have a walk along the beach of Cascais and Estoril. The region of Algarve is also worth going, particularly if you go to the area of Carvoeiro, where you can see beautiful cliffs. In the north, I liked particularly Braga, Guimarais and Porto. Coimbra has also interesting things to see. Other charming Portuguese towns and villages are Evora (center)and Viana do Castelo (north), to mention some.
Enjoy your trip!
I'm portuguese, and I'm glad you're coming here and hope you appreciate your trip.
The other comments have some nice sugqestions about places to visit. Lisbon is definitely my favourite town, it's lively and you have plenty of history and culture to explore. Apart from that you should also visit Porto, Braga, and Guimarães in the North, check the Douro Valley too, it's a a breathtaking landscape, with vineyards in terraces along the river. If you're looking for nature, check the Gerês mountains, you can find come nice scenery there (mountains, forest, waterfalls...). Serra da Estrela is a nice option too, if you're looking for countryside.
Near Lisbon it's interesting to visit Sintra and Cascais, as said in the other posts. Sintra is really lovely, with a palace and a mourish castle and lots of other interesting places to visit.
Going South... you have all the coastline, from Alentejo to the Algarve, with some wonderful beaches. In the interior you have Évora, which is a very nice little town.
If you have any doubts feel free to write me.