Portugal! Lisbon vs Porto vs Faro

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1. Posted by GetMeLost (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi! I want to visit Portugal but i'm not sure which one is the best to visit. I am wondering if i can possibly visit any of these places within a weekend. I love picturesque places and great street food. I also heard they're all full of supremely fresh fish which i'm excited for b/c i love seafood :D I am not much of a historical museum person and i am interested in looking at building architecture. Thank you for your help in advance!

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1277 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

A weekend isn't enough time to do justice to any of the cities you mentioned. Besides, you didn't specify where you are coming from, which could make a difference.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1871 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Last month I visited Lisbon with 3 full days to look around, and while it's nice to have plenty of time to get to know a place, I could have seen the sights in 2 days.

I joined one of the free walking tours to get oriented, and this included plenty about architecture. Yes good seafood was around; didn't spot much of a street food culture.

On the second day I took the train (1 hour) to Sintra, didn't go inside the museums but spent the day walking enjoying the woods and gardens, and seeing the buildings from the outside.

The other big hit to fit in is Belem, with a famous tower on the riverfront to see, and Geroninos monastery, and the botanic gardens if you want to see more peacocks and muscovy ducks than ever before.

Getting around was easy with by buying a card to load with credit and "zapping" on/off transport.

4. Posted by David Monteiro (Budding Member 14 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Well ... is not easy for a local to face the idea of someone visiting our beloved city in a weekend :)
But I can fully understand you, we don't have all the time we want/need :) that is life.

Lisbon, Porto or Faro are great cities and it will be difficult to select one. However I will try to help you.

For Lisbon I can give you a hand: http://www.iberactive.com/2016/11/are-you-planning-to-visit-lisbon-in-one-day/
Another day you can spend visiting Sintra:

I don't have a post for Porto yet but I will in a while, time is always short.
As I advise places to visit in Lisbon in one day + visiting a site near it, I will also do the same for Porto + a site not far from the city.
You will find many options for Porto, like walking in a way that you can cross the D Luiz bridge to Gaia side (the other side of the river Douro) and return.
During a second day you can take a train at the wonderful São Bento train station to Régua or Pinhão, have lunch and return. You will visit the heart of the Port Wine, the Douro Valley a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Well, have fun and do not hesitate to send me an email in case you need more help.


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7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1277 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I agree with David Monteiro, who makes some good suggestions. If you're stopping over on your way elsewhere, two days might be adequate for sightseeing. Personally, I'd prefer more time to wander around, enjoy some great food and music; and perhaps do some shopping (I got a wedding gift in Lisbon). But if you're spending a chunk of money to get there, scheduling more time might be better.

I'm not averse to spending a few hours at a destination. I've done that recently, such as Anzio, a daytrip from Rome. I wanted to see the American cemetery and WWII memorial there. In June 2015 I spent two days in Kaliningrad on my way from St. Petersburg to Yerevan, Armenia. The principal reason for the visit was to see the Curonian Spit.

If I like a place a lot -- and discover that the initial trip is too short -- I'll try to visit again.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jan-2017, at 10:43 by berner256 ]

8. Posted by gibsdelhibs (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi! As mentioned, great place to travel to. I was there recently and enjoyed a really nice week long holiday. My 9 day itinerary included 3 nights in Porto, 1 in Coimbra, 3 in Lisbon, and 2 in Lagos. I had the most amazing time!

I loved all the places I stopped in. Lagos has some really beautiful beaches and amazing nightlife. It's a small village packed with foreigners and a great surf vibe.
Lisbon is the capital city and you can get this feeling as soon as you arrive. I did a day trip to Sintra and took the train there, it was really cheap. If you can go with a tour company.
I did the Free Walking tour with -snip- and had Sofia as a guide. She was amazing! Really great introduction to Lisbon and its' cobblestone streets.

Coimbra is a student city, so do go there on a weeknight, thursdays are the best for partying! It's kind of empty on weekends, from what I heard, because everyone leaves to go home.

However, the crown jewel of my trip was definitely PORTO! I had no idea what I was going ot encounter and I got a really positive surprise! Day 1 a did a free walking tour -snip-

I think the vibe of the city is amazing, it's similar to Lisbon in some things but definitely very different in others. I guess it's just a lot more cosy and the people seem nicer! Porto was a huge surprise, If you're not sure where to go, please book your trip for 3 nights in Porto!

Ah, another thing, Portugal has amazing hostels at a great price so you'll feel just at home...

Good luck with the planning let me know if you need some help!

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9. Posted by maryjuans (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

you can see porto in two days and enjoy the cuisine we don´t have the culture of street food but what we do have is many places where you can enter and have a snack