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3 days in Portugal

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3 days in Portugal

Hi - Plan to be in Lisbon for 3 days with fmly (wife, 2 kids) following a 12 day Spain trip.

We are planning to rent a car for the entire trip and go on a day trip to Sintra. We don't mind driving, so were wondering if there are other places worth visiting closer to Sintra.

Some questions:

1. Planning to stay at the Holiday Inn Lisbon Continental (Rua Laura Alves 9 Lisbon) Is that a good central location?

2. Is it better to spend 3 nights in Lisbon and go on a day trip to Sintra or is it better to book 2 nights in Lisbon and 1 night in Sintra.

3. Are there any other places around Sintra worth visiting in the 3 days we are in Portugal.

4. Is it better to rent the car for the entire duration or should we rent the car just for the trip to Sintra?

Many thanks in advance!

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1. Re: 3 days in Portugal

It's not necessary to rent a car to visit Lisboa, the several public transports are enough to go around the city and a 24h ticket for unlimited use costs 5,50€ (support card included) per person.

Even to go to Sintra you can go by train, cheap and very frequent. And to visit all the palaces, castle etc you can also use the buses.

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2. Re: 3 days in Portugal

Parking in Lisbon and in Sintra won't be easy. Public transportation is good so I wouldn't rent a car. I would just spend 3 nights in Lisbon and take a day out to Sintra. There are frequent trains to Sintra. In Sintra itself you have the circular bus which goes all around the places to see. You pay for the day.

The hotel you mention is not really a central location but close to the metro line.

Edited: 03 July 2012, 08:27
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3. Re: 3 days in Portugal

We will be in Portugal for 12 days. We spend a night in Lisbon, and we have rented a house for a week near Sintra and Pineda, and 2 nights at the end in Lisbon. We are looking to go somewhere for the 2 nights at the beginning we have free before we go to our house. Someone suggested a night in Evora and another on the coast. Any suggestions??

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4. Re: 3 days in Portugal

1. It is not in the historic center but close to shopping and restaurants. Metro from there to Baixa Chiado takes around 20 mn.

2. Stay in Lisbon and take a day trip.

3. Cascais, Guincho, Cabo da Roca

4. Just for the day trip

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5. Re: 3 days in Portugal

Both Lisboa and Sintra are by the coast, to have a taste of the inland stay in Évora for the 2 nights, there's plenty to see in the surroundings. Évora itself is Unesco patrimony and since last week also Elvas has an Unesco patrimony site, the fortress.

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