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2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

Toronto, Canada
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2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

Hi - my fiancee and I are planning our honeymoon to Portugal in October 2018, we have 2-3 weeks (would prefer around 18 days). We are likely booking a round trip flight to Lisbon and will rent a car. We are hoping to get a really good feel for the country. We want to start at the beach (knowing it wont be super hot in Oct) for a few days to relax, we want to explore vineyards, spend time in Lisbon, and see a lot of history. We are willing to move around a bunch, but don't want to overdo it.

I have put together two itineraries - which do you think is best or would you add/remove anything?

ITINERARY #1

01-Oct Night Flight to Lisbon

02-Oct Land Lisbon, Drive to Algarve

03-Oct Algarve

04-Oct Algarve

05-Oct Comporta

06-Oct Lisbon

07-Oct Lisbon

08-Oct Lisbon

09-Oct Sintra / Aerias Do Seixo

10-Oct Aerias Do Seixo

11-Oct Porto

12-Oct Porto

13-Oct Douro Valley

14-Oct Douro Valley

15-Oct Coimbra

16-Oct Cascais

17-Oct Cascais

18-Oct Fly Home from Lisbon

ITINERARY #2

01-Oct Night Flight to Lisbon

02-Oct Land Lisbon, Drive to Algarve

03-Oct Algarve

04-Oct Algarve

05-Oct Evora

06-Oct Evora

07-Oct Evora

08-Oct Lisbon

09-Oct Lisbon

10-Oct Lisbon

11-Oct Sintra

12-Oct Porto

13-Oct Porto

14-Oct Douro Valley

15-Oct Douro Valley

16-Oct Douro Valley

17-Oct Coimbra

18-Oct Cascais or Aerias Do Seixo

19-Oct Fly Home from Lisbon

13 replies to this topic
Cabeceiras de Basto
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1. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

Definitely itinerary #2, mainly because it includes Évora (one of its hotels has just been named the most romantic in Portugal) and from there a few lovely daytrips are possible (Monsaraz, Estremoz, Elvas, Vila Viçosa, Arraiolos, just to name a few). Still you are ruling out many wonderful places, like Alcobaça, Tomar, Aveiro or Guimarães, and I think you will regret staying so little time in Porto, but if it's your honeymoon you should take it easy and come back another time to explore some more. With time you will find out that as appealing as the sea may be, the most rewarding places and experiences lie further inland, in small places off the beaten track.

Toronto, Canada
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2. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

Thanks!! Which Hotel in Evora do you recommend?

I heard that Comporta and Aerias Do Seixo are lovely, do you think we will regret not going to these places? I dont think there is much to do, that's why I scrapped them in #2...

Also - do you think we need to stay overnight in Coimbra? If not, Icould add on another night in Porto. Or we could take one night off of Douro Valley...

Let me know. Thanks!!

Albufeira, Portugal
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3. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

Although the Algarve is still fairly busy early October, it is a region primarily for beach, sun and golf. If the weather isn't too good, you may not find much 'to do'.

Also, you don't need a car while in Lisbon and Sintra, the parking charges each day alone would probably cost more than a 1 day transport pass. So, by all means drive to Lisbon but ditch the car when you get there and save a a few days rental to spend on something nice. Then either rent another car or take a train to Porto, where you don't need a car either.

Toronto, Canada
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4. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

Got it - thank you!

Lisbon, Portugal
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5. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

I heard that Comporta - nothing else but the beach, not even a "real" village exists, where you could go. So if hotel plus beach plus expensive beach restaurant is something that you want....

Areias Do Seixo hotel is lovely and that's it, if what you want is to have a feeling of the country and not of upscale hotels in the country, then those 2 places are not a priority.

Cabeceiras de Basto
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6. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

In Évora, it was Albergaria do Calvário the winner of the prize for the most romantic hotel in Portugal. But any research for Évora shows many options, and many seem good. Maybe someone can give you an informed advice, and it's always useful to read the reviews on Facebook. It would be a crime to skip the Douro valley, but staying only 2 nights could be an option in order to stay longer in Porto. Or you could take off the night in Coimbra, which is definitely a place to visit (a tour of the old University, at least) but whose best bits can be seen in a few hours. If you decide to be without a car in Porto, then the Douro valley is best in a tour. There are many 2 day cruises with visits to farms and vineyards, some including excursions in the region. That would leave you more time to spend in Porto. Anyway I wouldn't be too anxious about your choices; you will find it great whatever you decide, just hope the weather helps (October is often a rainy month).

Evora, Portugal
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7. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

in évora you should do and and KnoW:

Évora, Portugal was the first city on the continent, a UNESCO World heritage and unique in that all its intra-walls space is classified.

Despite the compact historic center has lots to see and be advised two days, with a large set of Évora from the cheapest hotels to luxury.

Around Evora, there is also much to visit from the Cromlech Almendres, for those who love archeology, to the beautiful village of Évoramonte, or the spectacular and beautiful village of Monsaraz.

But if the visit is short, so follow the itinerary:

Rossio (for parking) »» Start Walking on Republic Street. Early on in the street on the right will see the Barahona Palace, a large green building, romantic design. If there is no judgment because there works the Court of Appeal, ask to see at least the Door Baroca the back, '' Get in front of the Public Garden, across the same towards the Ig. S. Francisco. Take a short break in the garden, 5 minutes are sufficient to observe the Palace of King Manuel and behind him the ruins feigned (Beautiful romantic ruins) »» Exit Square Garden and is on 1st May where you can see the St Francis Ig ( see the interior, which is superb) »» Go around the church and behind the same visit »» Bones Chapel »»Return to República St and see a small museum Joiner, take a view, do not delay more than two minutes »» street and climb the rest of the arches leading to Praça do Giraldo. (Medieval Arcades, which despite being in conservation work allow a nice visit Note that all arches and columns (except in the New Building of BPI) are different '' Pç Giraldo -.. Weather permitting enjoy the terraces minutes and note the beautiful Fountain Henriquina and Arcades, the beautiful facades of the houses with their traditional balconies, as well as the facade of the Church of St. Anthony. This Square will also tourism. If you have time to spare, it would be good to give a look at the streets of Merchants and Money (which are next to the desk), it is the old Jewish quarter, full of old houses century. XV and XVI, with hard pavement medieval, Gothic windows and original fireplaces ... »» then return to Giraldo Square '' in front of the desk to R. 5 ​​October '' between this street and here I suggest a little detour, take the 1st street on the left Alcárcova Up (the middle of this narrow street behind some windows may see the ruin of a Roman house. Follow the street until the end. After two high arches and the street ends in front has a stone box (medieval) which was a box of supplies to the Aqueduct of Évora. Look to the right and you will see houses embedded in the aqueduct and behind you can see one of the towers of the early Roman city entrance. Go ahead and arrive at »» Pç. Sertório where the City Hall you can see the (Roman Baths) circumvent the House and behind it, after the PO will see Isabel Gate (Porta Romana in murelha old fence, on which you can still see part of the Roman) road. »» Do not pass the arc. Follow the road straight on, pass off by s. James, where you can see the facade of the Church of St. James. Follow the narrow street in front »» R. Burgos »» direction, back to R. 5 ​​October. Climb across the street, rich in handicrafts and trade '' At the top of the Cathedral Street (if you can see the facade and meet their spectacular Cloisters). After seeing the cathedral, the last street on the left, the square in front (Rua Vasco da Gama), visit »» Painted Houses (Renaissance paintings murals, the best preserved of Portugal). After visiting the same head to the square in front »» Largo Conde Vila Flor (where there is a Museum, Library, Convent Lóios, Ig. S. John the Evangelist (rich in tiles) Dukes Palace Cadaval, ....) '' In front of the Roman Temple - Diana Temple »» Behind Temple Garden Diana (views) (I suggest you check out my article ( tripadvisor.com/Travel-g189106-c215280/Evora… ) or ( tripadvisor.com.br/ShowTopic- g189106-i2345-k ... ). Follow then, through the large bow that is between the Evora Museum and Library, to the rear of the cathedral. Enjoy magnificent building. To your left, a gate emblazoned an input side of the Carriages Museum (free entry) access to the »» Páteo of S. Miguel (the cafeteria and enjoy this patio (2nd door on the left) provides a "pastel de nata, and enjoy the spectacular views), visit the beautiful courtyard, location home city, replecto history and exit near the chapel of St. Michael »» go down the sloped quite street on your left and you'll be off next to the University of Évora, go down a little more and then a few meters from the iron door Access University. Visit the beautiful Cloisters with beautiful columns and tile good and the room could see the acts. Then return more leaning close to that street that went down earlier and go straight for the Serra da Rua Conde Tourega. At the end of the street you'll find the wide »» Porta de Moura (Enjoy Source, and since the source is looking towards the window to see Se Casa André de Resende (Manueline), otherwise, enjoy the Mirador House Cordovil (Mudejar ). Right Ig Portico. Do Carmo, the oldest iron gate of the city, to peek inside and see the facade of the Church »» from the top off, take the R. Mercy, where in the end the same may see the Church of Misericordia (Rich in tiles). Try this for the trees to get a view of the Cathedral, will be impressed. '' head wide following and soon after the same right to the Caraga Lane. Look at the arcobatentes on it. Go down the small side. Near the end of it, enjoy the lancet windows. Then came off the '' Convento da Graça ("Children of Grace"). Look at the huge stone statues on the facade of the Church (boys Grace). Follow the lane ahead. Arrives in Republic Street, turn right, go down the street and will be the point of departure. »» Rossio

All this is vital that made Évora was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Best time to visit Evora: March to October

Everything described account Tripadvisor, so it is easy to visualize

Then visit the Jewish Quarter of Évora, just go through the streets of Moedas and Mercadores, which descend from Giraldo Square

then on another day visit Monsaraz and see:

Monzaraz, the small and beautiful village in the district of Evora, seen by many as the princess of the Alentejo, lies 54 kms off Évora .

From the city you should take the road towards Reguengos de Monsaraz, where you will find information that will lead to the white and beautiful village of Monsaraz: small, white houses and sidewalks in black shale, protected by strong walls and a sight you can not fail to see.

For your visit, you can try the following circuit:

Almost when you reach Monsaraz , on the left side of the road, a sign indicating "Pedra dos namorados" ( ValentineStone ). Take the short detour to it and try your luck in love, throwing a small stone to the top of the "Pedra dos Namorados", and try to make it stay there. After this little exercise, look far for the fortifications of Monsaraz and enjoy its beauty.Then follow to the right to the village walls. Just before Monsaraz, passing by the friendly village of Outeiro, take a moment, look at the beautiful fountain, a magnificent work of rural architecture. The car can not enter inside the village walls. Park in the parks that precede it. Scroll a few meters walk and, before entering the interior of the walls, enjoy the magnificent views of the Guadiana River and the largest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva dam. Then go to the inside of the walls, breathe the pleasure of that magnificent view of immense whiteness, simple people, and traditions kept. To appreciate and enjoy this beauty you can follow the following map indications:

1 - Porta da Vila

2 - Casa dos Alcaides

3 - Cisterna da Vila

4 - Antigos Paços da Audiência (Museu do Fresco)

5 - Capela de S. José

6 - Igreja Stª. Maria da Lagoa

7 - Igreja da Misericórdia

8 - Casa da Inquisição

9 - Castelo

10 - Igreja de Santiago

11 - Pelourinho

12 - Sala de Exposições

13 - Porta de Évora

14 - Porta da Alcova

15 - Porta do Buraco

You will find a huge pleasure wandering in the quiet streets of the magnificent urban and traditional core ( núcleo urbano e tradicional ) You will not want to leave this serenity. Enjoy it and do not leave without trying the good regional delicacies in the good and traditional restaurants of the village. You can stay overnight in the "beautiful princess" where you have several options to choose from. If, however, you chose to return to Evora, and still have some spare time, take advantage of it and visit the Cromlech of Xerez and the Menhir of Outeiro . Make a short stop in Reguengos de Monsaraz , one of the famous wine capitals from the Alentejo.Throughout the walk be sure to fall in love with the beauty of the Alentejo landscapes.

Have a nice trip!

Toronto, Canada
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8. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

Thanks for everyone's help! We've decided to cut down on # of stops and go with the itinerary below:

Land Lisbon, Drive to Algarve - 3 nights

Evora - 3 nights

Monforte - 1 night

Lisbon - 4 nights (day trip to sintra)

Porto - 3 nights (stop in coimbra on the way)

Douro Valley - 2 nights

Lisbon or Areias do Seixo - 1 night (stop in obidos on the way)

Evora, Portugal
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9. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

If you need directions on routes, restaurants and attractions in Évora and in the Évora district, do not hesitate to contact us.

Good trip

Evora, Portugal
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10. Re: 2-3 Week Honeymoon Itinerary HELP!

And if you could change the night of Monforte, by Castelo de Vide (which is nearby) you would not regret

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