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post #16 of 27
how was the trip and the hotel? I will be in Lisbon next month and want some tips?

Where did you eat and what did you see?
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by farfisa23 View Post
how was the trip and the hotel? I will be in Lisbon next month and want some tips?

Where did you eat and what did you see?

Bump! I leave tomorrow any advice?
post #18 of 27
Bump. Thinking of planning a budget trip to Portugal next month.
post #19 of 27
Read about Lagos, Portugal here
post #20 of 27
Portugal is a great budget destination. I was there 5 years ago, and went to Sintra and Belem. Aim to hit Belem in the late afternoon--the sunset was stunning. If you're planning to get to Lisbon from Madrid, make sure you spend the extra $30 euros and get the sleeper cars. I slept on an upright seat, and the grueling 14 hour train ride was brutal. One more tip: everything is closed on Sunday. Also watch out for the many religious holidays since again, everything is closed.
post #21 of 27
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Portugal is a great budget destination. I was there 5 years ago, and went to Sintra and Belem. Aim to hit Belem in the late afternoon--the sunset was stunning.

If you're planning to get to Lisbon from Madrid, make sure you spend the extra $30 euros and get the sleeper cars. I slept on an upright seat, and the grueling 14 hour train ride was brutal.

One more tip: everything is closed on Sunday. Also watch out for the many religious holidays since again, everything is closed.

Everything this guy says is right (especially the train...although I am sure it wasn't 14 hours overnight).

I was going to make a response but instead I will just quote his.

I would also go out toward the coast to cascais/estoril (and see the casino and such).
post #22 of 27
Bump

Itinerary as planned (second week in May):
1) Fly redeye on a Friday night and arrive Saturday morning
2) Shuttle to Estoril hotel (next to the casino), spend Sat/Sun/Mon morning around the beaches
3) Checkout Monday and take train (?) to Lisbon for Mon afternoon through Sat morning

I figured a half day in Belem and Sinatra each. Recommendations on things to see (museums, etc.), mid-priced eateries (<20-25 euro/person without booze), and nightlife are appreciated. I don't think I want to spend the time and effort traveling to Porto.
post #23 of 27
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Itinerary as planned (second week in May):
1) Fly redeye on a Friday night and arrive Saturday morning
2) Shuttle to Estoril hotel (next to the casino), spend Sat/Sun/Mon morning around the beaches
3) Checkout Monday and take train (?) to Lisbon for Mon afternoon through Sat morning

I figured a half day in Belem and Sinatra each. Recommendations on things to see (museums, etc.), mid-priced eateries (<20-25 euro/person without booze), and nightlife are appreciated. I don't think I want to spend the time and effort traveling to Porto.

Sintra is probably more of a full-day affair (go in the morning, come back early evening).
Belem and the monastary is really just a part of lisbon (and on your way in from estoril...which is really only a commuter-train ride out of lisbon...I know people who commute further than that every day).

Weather should be nice but the water will be *cold*
post #24 of 27
Thanks. The train ride should have been shorter but there was a 3 hour delay around 2 am when I was somewhere close to the border of Portugal. Dunno why.
post #25 of 27
Food is cheap in Portugal (and Spain!) Anywhere will be less than 20 euros for a prix fixe menu, including a wine split.
post #26 of 27
Follow-up. I had a great time in Portugal. The food was some of the best I've encountered in Europe at rock bottom prices.

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post #27 of 27
^ Love it. I was pleasantly surprised by my initial visit to Portugal a couple of years ago. Lisbon in particular was a wonderful city and did not have the 'overrun by tourists' feeling you get in other places. Prices were quite reasonable too, even during peak season.

Reading these comments though, I feel like an ass for not making it to Belem. In my defence, I was just there for a few days at the tail end of a long trip, and I was less inclined to seek things out than I was at the beginning!
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