|Subject: Re: Portugal|
If you like to slow travel, I think you have set a nice trip around central/north Portugal. The Alentejo and the Algarve will have to wait :-)
Here goes some little advice for you...
5 nights in Lisbon: Seems good to me. Don't have much to say about Lisbon, though; maybe João, the new travelzine member can add something here...
5 nights near Ponte de Lima: It may be too much, unless you like to drive around. By now, you may already visited this site: http://www.turihab.pt/uk/inicio.html If staying there, you may even want to go to Caminha and Cerveira,
near Spain. Or the beaches of Moledo, Ofir and Esposende... Just south of Ofir, there's a little restaurante called a cabana (the hut) which i usually go to. There, try sardinhas assadas com salada de pimentos (grilled sardines with sweet pepper salade). To drink, ask for a carafe of vinho branco da casa (the house white wine) which at this restaurant is great.
3 nights in/very near Porto So much too see at Porto, yet 2/3 nights seems ok... but beware from traffic and civil constructions in the city! I would recommend you to stay not at Baixa, but at Foz. For places to stay and eat, things to buy and some sightseing tips, please check my own little & humble website :-) which is expecting your visit: http://tinyurl.com/ugnf
2 nights near Peso de Regua Twoo days it's enough. In Douro, these are some of the top places to stay... http://www.casadecasaldeloivos.com/ http://www.chanceleiros.com/ http://www.hotelvintagehouse.com/ also in douro don't forget to visit são leonardo da galafura,a place with wonderful views which i really recommend you. in one of his diaries, miguel torga, an acclaimed portuguese writer (1905- 1995) said that galafura was a geologic poem, the absolut beauty. 5 nights near Nazare to see Obidos, Alcobaca, Batalha, Tomar,and Coimbra. You may want to consider Bussaco (Buçaco) and Caramulo and skip Coimbra (personally I'm not very fond of Coimbra)... Mafra is also an excellent place to go, but your visit will be much more rewarding if in advance you read Baltasar and Blimunda (http://tinyurl.com/ugom), from portuguese nobel prize-winner josé saramago. It's not quiet light reading but if you like to read, just try it and you'll see.
3 nights in/near Sintra It's good to make Sintra your Grand Finale. 2 days would sufice.
Very relaxing. There's lots of excellent places to stay. I'vetried Lawrence's ( http://tinyurl.com/uglf ) and Hotel Palacio de Seteais ( http://tinyurl.com/iks6 ), not too many times though :-) as their way out of my budget... In Sintra you may want to visit the Berardo collection at the Sintra museum of modern art (http://www.berardomodern.com/ ). Also try at the nice and quiet restaurant of the museum and stay away from the crowd in the center of sintra.
But there's much more to consider!!! Aveiro... or the Gerês, for instance... For a suggested roadtrip in the countryside, check my website at: http://tinyurl.com/ugq7
Some other stuff from Portugal:
- Music from portuguese artists (mp3 files): http://tinyurl.com/ugqd - Some portuguese receipts that I can cook!: http://tinyurl.com/ugqe - Little phrasebook: http://tinyurl.com/ugqk - Portugal factsheet: http://tinyurl.com/ugqn
If you have any questions please go ahead!
Um abraço, Ricardo Porto, Portugal