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I am a 67-year-old retiree. I am considering retiring in Portugal beginning with a 2 or 3 month stay before I make a decision.
On a rental basis, I am looking for a residence for healthy retirees who do not need medical care. It might also just be a regular serviced apartment.
I am quite open as to the region although I would rather stay away from blazing summers as well as cold and damp winters.
Should you have any idea, please let me know.
My boyfriend and I are getting married on July 6th this year and still haven't planned our honeymoon!
We'd like to go to a music festival for the first weekend (11/12/13th July) then head somewhere quiet and relaxing near the sea for the week after. Preferably somewhere with local shops and restaurants but not too touristy.
so a couple of Qs:
1) has anyone been to or heard of the Optimus Alive Festival in Lisbon? We like the line up but don't know much more about it.
2) Can you suggest a nice local villa/B&B we can get to on public transport from Lisbon for the ultimate honeymoon relaxing break.
H and J
I am meeting a friend at the Lisbon airport and then traveling to Sintra from there.
We are arriving from two different international flights.
1)Where is a good place to meet at the airport?
2)if one of us has a delayed flight, is there an airport lounge where a day pass can be purchased?
3) How should we get to Sintra using public transportation?
We are going to Algarve this summer, and have an unusual problem. We are sharing the bed with our infant, so we wanted a wide double bed. This turned out to be too difficult, so we decided to settle on a twin bed, if we could be sure that the beds can be pushed together. Now in some hotels/guest houses they already are together in photos but there are some places we'd like to stay in, that show the beds apart, with a drawer between them. Normally this would not seem like a problem but the way the beds are in so many pictures in those places: they have this wide board behind them on the wall and a wooden part around the bed that goes all the way to the floor. It makes me wonder whether the beds might be attached to the board/wall and hence not moved?
Sorry for being stupid ;) Hope someone who's been there can answer me!
Hi everyone, I'm going to Porto with a friend for 5 days in mid-June, and I was wondering what area is the best to stay? As in, where are the most things to see and do? Also, for a day at the beach, where could we go? Other general porto tips are also very welcome! Thank you!
Thinking of visiting Portugal at early-mid October, is it a good season to be in Porto and Lisbon that time? Just googled the average weather, it said precipitation is around 160mm in Porto and 90mm in Lisbon that time, is the more like drizzle from early to night, or it's a shower and after shower it may turn sunny? Anyways, is it a good season to go?
We are planning a trip to Portugal in late September. After a bit of research I have worked out the following itinerary. Our aim is to spend time by the beach and coastal towns, plus the main sights and experiences of Lisbon and Porto.
Day 1 - Arrive Lisbon
Five full days in Lisbon, including Sintra and day trips to beach
Day 7 - Go to Tomar, go on to Coimbra to sleep (or go to Obidos?)
Day 8 - Coimbra, go on to Porto to sleep
Day 9 - Porto - Port wine tasting
Day 10 - Day trip to Braga
Day 11 - Porto day before evening flight home
My main questions are:
1. Given the lack of trains between Obidos and Tomar, it seems like it is one of the other. Which would you choose?
2. Of our five days in Lisbon, I was thinking 2 exploring the city, 1 in Sintra and 2 on other day trips to beaches. My question is, there seem to be lots of options for day trips from Lisbo... more »
For the August, Lisbon - Porto train,
should I bother to buy the ticket online in advance(yes I know 30 days max)
I can just buy the ticket at the station while in Lisbon 4-5 days earlier?
I mean, is the price going to be the same? ~25-30E?
Or is it more expensive if I buy it a few days before the travel?
I'm traveling with my husband and two grown sons (18 & 22) for nine days at the end of May. We will have a car. I realize we are leaving out the north but just couldn't fit everything in, as hard as it is to leave out.
1 - Lisbon - city center and Belem
2 - Lisbon - Sintra - Lisbon
3 - Pick up car, drive to Tomar, visit, drive to Marvao (via Castelo de Vide or other sights?) night in Marvao
4 - Marvao to Estremoz for Saturday market - then to winery Herdade do Esporaro ( and Vila Vicosa?) - then Evora
5 - Evora - city and maybe megaliths
6 - Evora to Sagres - Cape St. Vicent - to Zambujeira del Mar
7 - hike Rota Vicentina - Zam.d.Mar to Odeceixe - taxi back to Zam. d. Mar
8 - hike Rota V again - Zam.d. Mar to Almograve - back to Zam.d. Mar
9 - Zam. d. Mar to Lisbon - last day in Lisbon
10 - Leave
Questions: I thought of Coimbra instead of Tomar? Heard Marv... more »
We are planning to leave Vancouver for Lisbon on October 18th and to return November 19th from Lisbon. This will be our first trip with our baby (she will be 4 months then). Putting the itinerary together I have 7 days in Lisbon so far, I would like some suggestions as to how to book other nights in cities/towns including Porto and Albufeira, possibly one of the fishing towns (Cascais or Nazare etc). From Albufeira I plan to go to Seville, then to Algeciras, where I plan to take a ferry to Morocco and do a 7 days tour there from Tangiers to Fez (Meknes) to Casablanca, then to Rabat and back to Tangiers then Algeciras. From there make my way back to Lisbon, and home. All suggestions are welcome.
I have looked in a couple of travel guides that I bought for a trip to Portugal, and also on thorntree and generally online, and can't seem to find good information on what is the best point from which to start if wanting to do some hiking in Peneda-Gerês National Park. We have our own car and would like to do a half-day hike in the park (so maybe 4-5 hours or so) after which we'll head for a hotel somewhere in the area before continuing on to Porto. Where is the best place from which to get information on the various trails that are available? LP suggests Lamas de Mouro, but I cannot find much information online that confirms this, and prefer not to end up there and find there is no longer an information center!
Secondly, how realistic is it to do such a hike independently? I've heard mixed reviews on the signage en-route, that is why I ask.
Thanks in advance! :) more »
I am a Brit who lives in Portugal and I have 2 Portuguese cars over there. However, I am driving my english car out for the summer.
I once saw a UK registered car drive through the via verde system near Cascais, Lisbon.
My question is: Can a UK registered car drive through the automatic toll system (via verde) and not have to pay the actual toll? Or can I not do this due to the fact that they might be able to trace my plate and charge me?
If anyone knows anything about this, please share your knowledge.
hello everyone, i will be arriving in lisbon may 10th and will be staying a few weeks. can anyone reccomend a good budget hostel? or anyone know of a room for rent for a few weeks? im American but speak fluent Portuguese. i booked one night at "people" hostel just because it was the cheapest one i saw and it had good reveiws..any advice will be appreciated...thank you...:)
We are spending the bank holiday weekend based in Porto and are staying at the Ibis in the centro; one of the places we have been recommended to eat at is Cafeina as above, I think it is based in the Foz area - I have only been to Porto once before for a very short stay so don't madly know where that is - anyway, we are watching our budget and so do not want to have to pay for a taxi to get there. Is there any way of using public transport, including into the relatively late night, to get there from the centro: would really be grateful for any suggestions, help.
Also, if anyone can recommend good places to eat near the Ibis Centro - we do not like huge plates of meat and fish and find Portugal often bad to eat out, preferring something more delicate, well prepared, sort of fine dining/ trattoria.
We're coming to Portugal on 1st May and stay 4 days there. Since we have 4 days, we want to enjoy summer life of Portugal as well. Are there any beaches near Lisbon and Porto? If so, is the weather warm enough to swim and sunbath?
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