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Lisbon+Porto vs Lisbon+Algarve

Vilnius, Lithuania
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Lisbon+Porto vs Lisbon+Algarve

Hi, as being in initial stage of family trip planing, I am now considering 2 alternative itineraries for our first Portugal trip. Which option might fit better ( depending on season, costs related etc. ) ? Background:

Timing: last week of October 2014

Duration: 5 full days ( arriving saturday evening to Lisbon, departing friday morning from Lisbon )

Family of 2 adults and 10 y.o. girl

Alternative 1: Lisbon 3 days + 2 days Porto. No need for car rent basically. City sigthseeing most.

Alternative 2: Lisbon 2 days + 3 days Algarve. Need for car rent. Unpredictable weather conditions for Algarve beach holiday, low ( or off-) season.

We want to combine both city sightseeing as well as few days of relaxing at sunshine ( ye, we from N.Europe, any weather will be better here then home :), and +18 C of water is what we used to... ), however don't want to miss extra unexplored opportunities.

Thanks indeed for ideas and remarks.

Algarve, Portugal
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1. Re: Lisbon+Porto vs Lisbon+Algarve

In the end of October the Algarve is the only region where you may still have a chance of nice weather. BUT........ there's also a bigger chance for rain!! And if it rains, the Algarve has little to offer. Come back some other time for the Algarve, during a month which gives you more certainty for beach weather? And this time go for Lisbon/Porto.

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2. Re: Lisbon+Porto vs Lisbon+Algarve

In my opinion, 5 days, october... Lisbon + Porto. (3 days Lisbon, 2 days Porto..)

And if you still want to go to the beach

Lisbon: Estoril, Cascais.. or even Costa da Caparica (but quite long trip to the last one)

Porto: Foz do Douro, Praia de Salgueiros... or even take a train to Espinho.

Lisbon, Portugal
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3. Re: Lisbon+Porto vs Lisbon+Algarve

"We want to combine both city sightseeing as well as few days of relaxing at sunshine" in late October and with only 5 days? Stay around Lisboa, the probability of rain is always higher on the north. Visiting the city and Sintra will take you 3 days. Spend another in Cascais, walk the promenades by the sea (one towards Estoril to other towards Guia) if it's not windy get a free bike and go to Guincho. On another day take the bus to Sesimbra, stay by the beach, visit the castle and eat great seafood.

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4. Re: Lisbon+Porto vs Lisbon+Algarve

I would recommend 3 or two days Lisbon and 3 or 2 days Sintra. There's so much to see and do in Sintra as well and you won't have to travel around that much, as you only have five days.

You could do 3 days LIsbon + 2 days Sintra and if you want you can still go from Lisbon to the beach in Cascais or Estoril.

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5. Re: Lisbon+Porto vs Lisbon+Algarve

Beach in October will be difficult. Not only for the possibility of rain, but it gets windy near the coastline. The probability of nice beach weather in October is very low.

3 days for Lisbon and 2 for Porto would be enough for both. Take the train Tuesday evening to Porto and comeback to Lisbon Thursday evening, or Friday morning if your flight allows it (first train out of Porto is around 5h45am).

Porto is the European Best Destination for 2014 and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit.

Have a nice trip!

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