Planning to head to Portugal with my husband, new baby (will be between 7-9 months old when we go) and parents this summer. We have never been and so I am looking for how to put together an itinerary that will maximize our experiences while we are there (between 8-10 days) but also be realistic when it comes to having a baby in tow. My initial thoughts are 2-3 days in Lisbon, a day trip to Sintra, a few days in Alentejo (Evora?), and then end the trip in the Algarve region (TBD where to base ourselves). We like local experiences and definitely prefer eating out vs cooking in while we are traveling. We enjoy great meals and wines - food is a very important part of our travel experience. I have heard awesome things about Porto and Obidos, as well, but am not sure how to make an itinerary work with one, or either of those places, added with our limited time. If anyone could provide there thoughts on how much time in each place, and if they would add or replace anything, I would appreciate it! And any recommendations for food/drink or lodging would also be wonderful!
Thanks so much!
What are your preferences? Food and wine, it's ok, you may have pleasure in almost all Portugal, but what else? Is beach important? If so, Algarve is mandatory, if not just skip it. Landscape? History? Art?
How are you travelling? By car? Well, that's the best option and, with a baby that is, for sure, the most convenient.
There's no better program for a 8 months child than eat and sleep, so you must allow yourself time, to obey your baby that will be always in command.
Évora is a very interesting city, but you may see it in your way south to Algarve (you may also make a small detour to Monsaraz Monsaraz, and/or a brief stop in Mertola). Three days in Évora is a waste of time, and maybe a violence to the baby (it is on of the hottest and driest areas of Portugal)
If you decide to skip beach, then, use the third day in Lisbon to visit Sintra, Mafra, and Cascais, the fourth for a day trip to Évora, Monsaraz, Sesimbra and Arrábida, and forget Algarve, going up north. You may visit Obidos, Nazaré, Alcobaca and Batalha in a single day (the 5th), before driving one more hour to sleep in Coimbra.
Visit Coimbra and proceed to sleep in Porto.
Use the remaining days in Porto and around. Driving back to Lisbon will take about 3 hours, but Porto is served by the low cost companies, maybe you can fly back home from Porto and save money.
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