Portugal Spring/Summer 2013
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 25, 2013 8:57 AM Last Post By: lisbonbynight
Apr 21, 2013 1:32 PM
Portugal Spring/Summer 2013Hi
I am a 25 year old female planning a solo trip to Portugal this spring/summer. I've read the Lonely Planet Travel Book for Western Europe, reviewed the blogs, and have tried to familiarize myself with Portugal's history, social customs, etc.
Does anyone have any recommendations for getting the most out of this kind of trip? I want to make sure I absorb as much as I can and do Portugal the right way. I want to spend time with the locals and taste, see, smell, hear as much of Portugal as possible.
Any recommendations for a first time (slightly apprehensive) solo traveler?
Apr 21, 2013 1:59 PM
Apr 21, 2013 2:38 PM
2In Sintra, take the city bus, up to the Royal Castle.
There's a park beside it. Take the "foot path" (not the road) to the high point. Other worldly. theres a balanced rock, sculpted by weather, up there.
From Sintra, when you move on, take the bus from the train station, to Cacais. Then the train back to Lisbon.
Fantastic bus ride.
Apr 21, 2013 4:48 PM
Apr 21, 2013 5:05 PM
4I think the best thing you can do to taste and feel portugal is to make sure you leae your comfort zone. I spent 4 days there a couple of summeers ago and loved it.
1. I am OK with Spanish and written Portuguese seemed fairly easy to read but be prepared to not understand any spoken Portuguese unless you've got some experience. The good news is that almost everyone speaks English very well. At least that was my experience.
2. You always get in trouble generalizing, but the people I met in Portugal may be the nicest and most helpful I've met in Europe or anywhere for that matter. People went out of their way to ask if I needed directions when I was clearly lost and even stayed on busses past their stops to make sure I found mine.
3. The food is out of this world. I don't know what they do to those prawns, but they are fantastic. EAT EAT EAT!
I agree with Sintra, it is a beautifu place. I would also recommend a trip up the coast. I wen to Ericea just up the coast from Lisbon and it, and the coastal communities near it, are beautiful. I also found Fatima to be very interesting.
Have a good time!
Apr 21, 2013 11:18 PM
"Apprehensive"? Or "excited anticipation of the unknown"? The words you use make a difference to the experience, and make a difference to what you're prepared to take on. Pre-trip nerves are always there, whatever else you call them.
For the rest, go with an open mind, make the best of what you do. Explore.
Apr 22, 2013 10:36 AM
I'm Portuguese and I'm felling quit proud about what I just read :) I love the idea of belonguing to a friendly people.
I work as a Tour Leader and I often hear my guests saying exacly that, is very nice.
What can you do in Portugal?
Well eveything you might want I believe.
Portuguese are a very easy going ppeople, a lot of people speaks english especially in the big cities.
I gave a long answer before and it might be useful to you:
Like any other big city, you have to take more care in Lisbon and Porto but, they are safe quite cities anyway.
You might want to give a look to my blog: walkinginportugal.blogspot.com.
In case you have any doubts, do not hesitate to send me an email (email@example.com).
Apr 22, 2013 8:52 PM
7Lisboa is a very easy going city, reminded me of Portland, OR. You'll enjoy your time there. Unlike Spain, most young people there speak very good English with American accent. For place to stay, check out the Beach Destination Hostel which is right by the river and above Cascais train station.
Sintra is a lovely town to visit. The coast offers a nice hike, best do it with a hiking partner.
Jun 25, 2013 8:57 AM
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