Day 4. Riding Lisbon’s trams and funiculars

Our stay in Lisbon was drawing to an end but we still had a few hours left on our final day for exploring more of this beautiful city.  After one final hearty breakfast in our hotel we took the metro to the Praca Restauradores for a ride on the Elevador da Gloria which links the …

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Cascais, Portugal

Day 3. Cascais and Lisbon

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we took the metro from the nearby Marques de Pombal station along to Cais do Sodre and from there transferred to the urban rail line for our train to Cascais.  As with our visit to Sintra the previous day, travel to Cascais is included in the Lisbon Card, making it …

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Belem Tower, Lisbon

Day 2. Sintra and the Belem district of Lisbon

After breakfast, we caught a train to the charming small town of Sintra from the beautiful Rossio Station in Lisbon's city centre.  Train travel for the 40 minute journey is included in the Lisbon Card making the card extremely good value.  Sintra is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Portugal's most …

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Praca dos Restauradores

Day 1. Lisbon City Break

In search of some winter sunshine we decided to head south and spend a few days in Lisbon.  Our flight with Ryanair departed from a quiet Bournemouth Airport mid-evening and as it was very late by the time we had cleared immigration in Lisbon airport we opted to take an Uber into the city centre …

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Fishing boat on the beach in Espinho

Day 8. Exploring Espinho, Portugal

Our original plan had been to set a day aside to visit the Douro valley but as organised trips were not operating, this proved problematic.  It's possible to take a train from Porto to Pinhāo from where one can connect to boat trips up the Douro valley.  However, with a journey of more than two …

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Lighthouse in Vila do Conde

Day 7. A day in Vila do Conde, Portugal

We decided to spend a day along the coast in the town of Vila do Conde, a seaside resort 25km north of Porto.  It's a town favoured by locals though perhaps not on the day of our visit as it was cool and overcast.  Lying at the mouth of the Ave river, it was historically …

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Coimbra, Portugal

Day 6. A day in Coimbra, Portugal

We were interested to visit Coimbra as it was the medieval capital of Portugal for just over 100 years from 1145-1255 when King Afonso moved his court to Lisbon.  The city is also home to one of Europe's oldest universities. Trains from Porto to Coimbra depart from Campanhã station which is on the main north-south …

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Averio, Portugal

Day 5. A day in Aveiro, Portugal

There's little need to hire a car whilst staying in Porto as there are numerous interesting places to visit which are easily accessible by train.  So, for the third morning in succession we took the now familiar route to the São Bento station, this time for a train to Aveiro.  Return fares are priced at …

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Braga, Portugal

Day 4. A day in Braga, Portugal

After breakfast in our hotel, it was back to Saō Bento station again with its beautiful blue tiled concourse. Our destination was to be Portugal's third largest city, Braga, return day tickets €7 each.  The train was reasonably quiet and we enjoyed looking at the passing scenery from the carriage windows during the 75 minute …

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Guimaraes, Portugal

Day 3. A day in Guimaraes, Portugal

After spending the first two days of our holiday exploring Porto we were ready to travel further afield so after a hearty breakfast we headed off to Saō Bento station where we marvelled once again at its exquisite blue and white tiled concourse. From the ticket office we requested return tickets to Guimaraes with discounted …

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