I will be traveling to Portugal in September with my wife and my sister. Unfortunately, we will only be there for one full week.
So far, based on our research, we all agree we would like to spend time in the Lisbon area, Porto, and Lagos. My concern is that these areas are too far from each other, and that we will spend too much of our time traveling.
Our goal is to 'experience' some of what Portugal has to offer, while still having a relaxing holiday. We are not the kind of travelers who need to hit all the big 'must see' tourist sights. We enjoy soaking up the daily life of the locals. After all, we can always come back.
We would like to enjoy interacting with people, exploring, eating and drinking the local specialties, experiencing things that are uniquely portugal, and maybe even a couple days at the beach.
Anyway, with that as a background, my questions are:
1.) Are these reasonable destinations with the limited time we have?
2.) What is the best way to get around - hire a car for part of the trip, hire a driver, or use public transportation?
3.) Any other cities, events, attractions we should consider adding/modifying to our itinerary?
4.) My sister is a huge soccer fan - is anybody playing in late september - and if so, where is the best place to take in a game?
Thank you so much for any assistance and recommendations.