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1. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

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I don't know Portugal particularly well apart from the things in Lisbon and Oporto. Could someone suggest me some decent places to experience the culture which could be done in 3 days? These 3 days are on top of the time set aside already for Lisbon and Oporto, so those two places shouldn't be included in the 3 says I'm needing help with.

If you can give me any suggestions of places that'd be great. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

2. Posted by felizardo (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Perhaps you allready know about Sintra, because it's very close to Lisbon, but if you didn't know you can't miss Sintra. It's a UNESCO classified small vilage with palaces, forest, gardens. In Sintra you can't miss Quinta da Regaleira and the cakes travesseiros.
Another wonderful vilage it's Obidos, north of Lisbon and close to Obidos you have Alcobaça. Obidos it's a very smal vilage surrunded by the walls of the castel where you should drink the licor ginginha. In Alcobaça you find a UNESCO classified cathedral, one of the nicest examples of the gothic in Portugal.
Tomar it's also a city that you should not miss, it was the capital of the templars in Portugal and there you find a wonderful castel-monesteryum of the Order, as a wonderful example of the architectonic portuguese style, the manueline. You can find very nice restaurants there.
Futher to the interior of the country, very close to spain you have two wonderful vilages, Castelo de Vide and Marvão. Marvão it's like Obidos, but much more original and less touristic and arround here the food it's realy great and cheap, but it's away from lisbon.

3. Posted by pulquerio (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

besides the places that were already sugested you have also evora,guimaraes and the douro valley that are also unesco world heritage.
coimbra is the city of the students and the place of one of the oldest universitys in europe.
there are very nice places in the interior but you need more time.its far from the coast that in my opinion is the real portugal.
i almost forgot foz coa.
have a nice trip
david

4. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 9y

Hi,
If you decide to stay in different places between Porto and Lisbon, I agree with Obidos, it's very nice old town.

My personal favourite area in Portugal is Alentejo, roughly the area in the south of Lisbon between Lisbon and Algarve. Great food, great wine, great small places to stay, different historical towns and cities, it's just great.

So my suggestion would be to rent a car in Lisbon and to visit 2/3 of the following towns, depending on the time you'd like to stay in each, deciding as you go along: Evora, Estremoz, Borba, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Vila Viçosa. They're all about 40/50 kms apart max., so you can easily visit Évora and Reguengos in one day and Estremoz Borba and Vila Viçosa the other day.

Have a great trip,
Joao

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5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Sounds good. Thanks all for your suggestions

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I liked Lagos a lot but its in the very south of the country. You can see the Moorish influence in the buildings there, its right by the sea, and there's just a generally really relaxed vibe about the place :)

7. Posted by KineAgathe (Full Member 21 posts) 9y

I was going to say you have to goto Sintra, but i see Felizardo already told you that ;)

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