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Hey guys,

Just booked a cheap flight to Porto from the 12th June. The aim is to get around to Pamplona by the 5th.

All I am after is a bit of information for the Portugal leg of my trip at the moment. So far my plan is:
Porto, Lisbon and Lagos/Sagres/Faro. Staying in each place for 3 or 4 days. And I will probably be traveling by train or bus. I hear buses are quicker in Portugal than the trains.

Is there any things I should definitely see there? In those cities. I really want to see the Stunning cliffs down in lagos. But is there anything else worthy of seeing. I’m more looking at things to do and see during that time.

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I’d head north to Sintra for a day

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I was thinking of heading to Sintra. But I wasn’t sure if I would have enough time being in Lisbon for only 3 days. I could always stay an extra day and leave the Algarve region to 3 though.

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I second visiting Sintra, I did not get to see the castles there because I spent a lot of time at Boca do Inferno. If you have time it would also be good to visit the most western part of Europe (sorry, forgot what it’s call but there are tour buses going there). Also try a Fado and dinner.

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trent84 wrote:
… The aim is to get around to Pamplona by the 5th.
… my plan is: Porto, Lisbon and Lagos/Sagres/Faro. Staying in each place for 3 or 4 days. And I will probably be traveling by train or bus. I hear buses are quicker in Portugal than the trains.
If you’re going Porto-Lisbon or Lisbon-Albufeira, Alfa Pendular (Tren) will be faster than Bus; and Trains in Portugal are cheaper than in most European Countries.

If your plan includes crossing into Spain from the Algarve, there’s no rail line between Faro (PT) and Huelva (ES), so Bus (Damas SA or Eva-Bus) is pretty much your only option.

In the Huelva area, you might be interested in visiting the port of departure for Columbus as he set out on his first Voyage of Discovery, or the _Santuario de la Virgen del Rocio_on the western edge of the Donana wildlife refuge

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I really would like to get out to the most western point – I don’t think its too far from Lagos/Faro (still undecided where I’ll stay just yet).

I was looking at the transport and train is looking like the way I’ll go and its not too expensive – only 20 Euros.

My plans do indeed include crossing over into Spain – I was thinking of Seville, then Granada, Madrid, Valencia and then to Barca and then Pamplona.

After Pamplona I’ll try to hed to the coast of spain/france for a bit of surf.

But I am definitely open to suggestions – I never thought about going along the coast for a bit might be worthwhile.

I definitely want to try a Fado and dinner. As well as some Port.

Thanks for the advice guys. I’ll check out those places. And get back to you

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Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point Portugal (and Europe for that matter). If you go there you get a scroll stating you’ve reached the western most point in Europe (touristy, but a very nice scroll, with a wax seal – cool souvenir). Is close to Sintra so you can go there on your way back to Lisbon

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Cheers for the advice Finnegan. Much appreciated. Sounds rather touristy (the scroll – but also it beats most souveniers you get around most parts).

I’ll definitely included a day trip out to Sintra and Cabo Da Roca.

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