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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 07, 2017
Travelling to Lisbon with children in April

My last attempt to go to Lisbon was in 2005, with my ageing mother. I had collected great tips from reading fellow VT'ers tips and assembled an array of ideas. The day before departure my mother keeled over with a stroke and did not regained sufficient strength to travel anymore. So now with the kids, trying again:
Question 1: 3 things to do with children that need to be challenged, not entertained, aged 8-11 in Lisbon?
Question 2: choice of 3 places to stay (towns, not necessarily hotels) on the Algarve coast between the Spanish border and the south-west cape, keeping kids in mind?

- Yes, indeed, I am reading all relevant info on the Portugal VT pages, but a little help would be good to cut through the jungle...

Thank you for any responses to what is probably one of my last questions before VT closes down...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 04, 2017
Quiet area near Lisbon  (2 Answers)

We are a group of around 10 mature adults, including artists and writers, looking for a villa in a quiet, picturesque are within reach of Lisbon. Can anyone suggest a non-touristy, quiet but interesting area we should be looking at?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 22, 2016
US Citizens living part time in Portugal  (6 Answers)

Hi all,
Several of us (US citizens) are contemplating a part time residence in Portugal and are considering various cities and options, including Lisbon, Algarve and smaller towns north of Lisbon. If anyone has suggestions as to where to start our research and share experiences, I would appreciate all comments. Any practical advice (access to medical care, climate, etc.) is very welcome.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 05, 2016
Fruits in October in Tavira ,Algave  (7 Answers)

What fruits u can find in October in Algave and were to hunt fresh from farmers or markets?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 13, 2016
1 week itinerary for portugal help plz!  (2 Answers)


we are a ~30ish year old couple, traveling to Portugal for 7 days next week (land & depart - Lisbon)
Its been really hard to figure out what's the best way to go.. we like a bit of urban athmosphere but also nature (and beach) :) , would like to see a lot but not be in a total rush. we will rent a car

What do you think? should we:
A. Stay around the Lisbon area and travel a bit to the south for a few days?

B. Do the highlights from Lisbon heading up north to Porto?
this is what i had in mind, gathering info from the internet, but i don't know if its realistic:
-day 1 sintra, sleep in obidos
- one night coimbra/or parque natural da serra da estrela
- one night alto douro
- 2 night porto
- 2 night lisbon (or stay in lisbon at the beginning then travel up)

thanksss in advance for your input!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 10, 2016
Faro, Lisbon, Porto for 8 days  (6 Answers)

Hello friends,
I am travelling to Portugal in the third week of Dec for 8 days.
I would like to see Porto, Lisbon, Faro.

I am travelling with 2 children 6 and 8 years.

Can you suggest some good places to see with the children..
Also if you can suggest some information about transport and weather.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 06, 2016
Travelling from Porto to Sintra/Cascais by train  (9 Answers)

Hi All, I am planning my trip to Portugal in Oct. I want to take the train from Porto to Sintra/Cascais and stay there for 2 days. Then I will leave for Lagos or Faro by train again. I have checked the websites and find that there are no direct train from Porto to Sintra/Cascais (need to change stations), though the websites can still show the itinerary. I wonder if this route is workable or are there any other alternatives?

Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 29, 2016
Quiet, historic and picturesque portugal  (6 Answers)

I am organising a holiday in a villa for around 12 adults of retirement age but who are all very active. I do not know Portugal at all, so advice on which would be the best locations for our group would be much appreciated. One of the group would like to be in reach of Lisbon, the rest of us would like a semi rural location with walks, a nearby village, and scenery the artists amongst us can paint. Sea views, historic sights, places to cycle and nearby restaurants are on the list of attractions we are looking for.

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2016  (2 Answers)

Hello folks
Any experience, feedback about
Recommended trails?
Thanks in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2016
Portugal to France by public transportation  (11 Answers)

Hello folks. I am in Lisbon now, with luggage. I would like to see a few more beautiful places - there is certainly a choice - and then go on to the south of France (Montpellier). It is a rather long journey. One thought was go to to Santiago de Compostela - which I want to see - but then it is a very long train journey to Hendaye, arriving after 11 pm. That is difficult. Looking at the map, I could angle up through several interesting towns. Does anyone know of good train service through Spain that could get me to the south of France fast? (Not Barcelona, please) Once I am in the French train system I am fine. Thanks so much, Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2016
What's the name of this navigation device?  (6 Answers)

I saw these in several places - forgot the name, to read more about this.

(Ignore the Hebrew text on the file).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 09, 2016
Nine Days in Portugal  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I am asking this for a friend and her family and would really appreciate your advice.

They will be taking an 11 day vacation in Portugal, including travel days, in early August, and are planing to spend the 9 full days they have in the Lisbon area so they do not have to spend time checking in and out of different hotels. They would like to spend time at beautiful beaches, see Lisbon, Sintra and visit Evora, among other sightseeing.

Should they stay in or outside Lisbon? If outside, which town should they stay in to make it easier to visit the places they want to see?

Another option I recommended was to spend a few days in Lisbon and the rest in another town outside the city.

As well, any other day trips they should consider?

Thank you so much.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2016
Sugestion for Algrave, Portugal  (9 Answers)

Dear members,

As i m indecisive which town to stay, i would love to see what you guy sugest to me!

Will land to Faro & would love to stay 3 days in this area...
Lagos seem too far!
Albufeira seem to much people, & for young crow.

I will going with my mother who is 68, i m looking for some quiet beachtown.
my trip will be algrave(3days)-beja(1day)-evora(2 days)-lisbon(2 days- as i was here like 3 times).

thank for your help?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 24, 2016
Itinerary for 8 days  (7 Answers)

Hello. Planning for an 8 days trip to Portugal in June. What are the main sites to see and cities to visit? Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 25, 2016
5 days in Portugal  (22 Answers)

My wife and I will have 5 free days in Lisbon after having seen Lisbon. We were planning to travel to Seville and Granada in Spain before returning to Lisbon for our flight to USA, but that is becoming a bit difficult to organise.

We are therefore considering travelling within Portugal and looking for ideas on travel destinations and reliable local travel agencies in Portugal staring from Lisbon on 29th April and returning to Lisbon on 3rd May.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 08, 2016
Driving time  (6 Answers)

Will be initially based in Lisbon, what is the driving time to Porto and is it the best way to get there? Also can anyone suggest any 1-3 day river cruises on the Duoro? thx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 03, 2016
Historical Witch Areas  (13 Answers)

I'm heading over for the Annual Euromeet in May and I am trying to figure what to do before/after the meet. I was researching information about the Witch Trials back it the 1600's. So far I have found that there were only 5 witches burned at the stake in Lisbon.

Are there other places in Portugal that might have some historical places dealing with witches?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 29, 2015
Any advice would be appreciated  (6 Answers)

We'll have 6 days in Portugal in February. Although we don't have much time and we might have bad weather at that time of the year we want to make the most of it.
We're planning to visit Lisbon, Sintra and Porto. I need a plan for one more day. I've come up with three choices but couldn't decide which trip to take. I'd be grateful if anyone could give me some information and ideas; Which one of the following trips is more achievable, worth visiting and easy to do? Is there any other nice places near these towns that we can visit on the way? Or should we spend one more day in Porto or Lisbon instead?

1) From Porto; Amarante and Lamego (I guess there is no train service between these places. How about bus service? Or would it be OK to go by car?

2) From Porto; Guimaraes and Braga

3) From Lisbon; Evora

Thanks a bunch in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 17, 2015
Summer season jobs for brit couple  (3 Answers)


My boyfriend and I are thinking of moving to Portugal this summer for seasonal work. Where would be the bets place to find work, neither of us speak portuguese but have a lot of experience in hospitality and chefing. also are there any jobs that provide accommodation ?
Look forward to getting some advice and news thank you xx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 03, 2015
Albufeira old town flooded?  (3 Answers)

This is for information. Search internet for Albufeira flood 1st November 2015 for more.

On the afternoon of Sunday 1st November the lower part of old town area of Albufeira was hit by a flash flood following hours of torrential rain. Two metres of mud, stone and water entered the lowest part of town with great force. Considerable damage was caused. It will be some time before anything like normality is restored.

Thee pictures I took on Monday morning 2nd November -

It is only this part of town that is affected.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 29, 2015
Transponders & Toll Roads  (5 Answers)

We will be hiring a car via Enterprise at Faro Airport and plan to use the toll roads frequently i.e. visiting Lisbon & Seville etc. Having checked out the official website I am left slightly confused as to how the system exactly works. Do I have to pre-pay the rental company in advance with a guess of how much tolls I am liable to use or can I settle the tolls I have used at a later date once the exact amount is known and charged to the rental company. The rental company will already have my credit card details on file - this happened with tolls in the USA. Hoping that someone who has first hand knowledge can answer this question please

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 22, 2015
Porto to San Sebastián  (3 Answers)

How would you suggest travel between these cities for newbie European travelers in June?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 17, 2015
Return journey from LIsboa Oriente to Belem.  (5 Answers)

I make a reseach on how to go from lisboa oriente to belem which is by using the red metro line first(as i from the airport) then change to green line at alameda stop. Then upon arriving to Baixa district, take the tram 28 to Alfama. But what make me to wonder, can we catch a tram 15 from alfama to belem? or we have to go back to baixa district then only after that we take the tram15 to belem? second question, can i used the same method to return to lisboa oriente bus station again? (means by using the tram 15- take the metro again)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 16, 2015
Trains to Porte de Lima  (2 Answers)

Trains to Porte de Lima from Porto? Via Viana do castelo

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 21, 2015
a trip from Lisbon to Coimbra  (1 Answer)

Hello everybody,
We are planning a two-days driving trip from Lisbon to Coimbra.
Does anybody have any suggestions as to the most beautiful itinerary and the most interesting places to see on our way?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 09, 2015
Peniche to bombarral  (1 Answer)

I 'm searching way to peniche to Bombarral but I can't find.i knew only go to lisbon with tejo bus.
Another is go to cardas but only 7am or 3pm.I want to know somewhere can go with bus?
I knew place at the guide book.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 27, 2015
Beach towns near Lisbon  (5 Answers)

Any suggestions for nice beach towns that can be visited as day trips from Lisbon? I've looked at Cascais, Estoril and Sesimbra but they seem rather touristy-or am I being too harsh?! Would appreciate the help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 25, 2015
Visiting Portugal 31 Oct for 2 weeks  (10 Answers)

Does anymore know what it is like to visit Portugal end of Oct start of Nov?
Are the bars, clubs, restaurants open?
What is the weather like.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 19, 2015
Day trip to Tomar and Almourol  (3 Answers)

Hi! I'm in Portugal in September, and since I'm a bit of a Knights Templar enthusiast, was wondering-would it be possible to visit Tomar and Almourol Castle in the same day, using public transportation? I'll be staying in Lisbon and going to Tomar by bus or train. Would it be possible to also get to Almourol Castle using public transport? I've also read that Dornes has an interesting Templar-built tower, how easy is it to get there from Tomar, and will that give me enough time to make my return bus or train? Would appreciate help, thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 18, 2015
itinerary?  (4 Answers)

My girlfriend and I are traveling to Portugal very, very soon. Unfortunately, we have nothing/nada/zilch/zero worked out for hotels and itinerary. We would like to stay in Lisbon for a few days and also see Porto and .Algarve.

I arrive very late at night so we'll stay the first night at some hotel then we can either stay in Lisboa or venture off to one of the other cities. What are your must-sees? What would you propose as an itinerary? She really wants to see the castles and I enjoy truly experiencing new cultures. We want to spend 1-2 days near the beach.

How would you do it? I'm thinking we wake up day 1 and leisurely make our way to Porto or Algarve then stay a few days and make our way to the other. Finally, we go back for a few days to Lisboa. What would you do?
Neither of us has been there but she's Brazilian so her Portuguese is pretty good.

We will be there a total of about 8 days, not including days of arrival and departure. Our trip is in June of 2015. Yes, very soon :( ...Thanks in advance!!!

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