HOW TO SPEND THE BEST DAY IN SINTRA

HOW TO SPEND THE BEST DAY IN SINTRA
Palacio da Pena. Shop mi look.

Sintra was one of the highlights of my Portugal trip. Seriously, I loved it. I regret tons not staying for one night versus just visiting for the day from Lisbon. It is a magical place likely due to the combination of nature with attractions that were just so incredible and unique. It’s truly out of a Portuguese fairy tale.

So, either if you are visiting for the day or spending one night I’ll walk you through how to best enjoy it.

How to get to Sintra and around

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PORTO BUCKET LIST

PORTO BUCKET LIST
Igreja dos Carmelitas in Porto

Porto was the last city I visited in my 8 day trip to Portugal. The city has a unique feel and although it’s just 300 km away from Lisbon, they are completely different! Lisbon is immediately charming as many of its neighborhoods are fully refurbished, it’s full of light and lively colors. Porto is a bit more grey and misty, which makes it more mysterious and intriguing, with colorful houses and oh-so-many tiles. To me it’s like the city is still painted with the past, wherever you go. Even the hotel where I stayed in Porto, which I describe below, had so many stories to tell!

There is a lot to do in Porto, in this post I’ll walk you through all the things to do and how to get around.

PORTO BUCKET LIST

Best Things to do in Porto

Start with a free walking tour

As soon as you get to Porto, take a free walking tour to get a grasp of what the city has to offer, some history and insider tips from the tour guides that live there. It will help organise how you’ll spend the rest of your time in the city, and you can ask all the questions you want.

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AVEIRO TRAVEL GUIDE

aveiro travel guide
aveiro travel guide

Aveiro is one of the cities I visited between Lisbon and Porto in my 8 day trip around Portugal. Aveiro is a very beautiful city with enough things to do for a full day. I stayed in Aveiro for one day and two nights but one day and one night would have worked as well. You can also visit it as a day trip from Porto. See all things to do, where to stay and how to get to and around Aveiro in this post.

The best things to do in Aveiro

Visit the cute striped sea side houses at Costa Nova

Ok, I’ll admit that this was the reason I visited Aveiro. And it was Instagram heaven as I expected. These striped houses by the beach make the freshest photos ever. An important thing to note is that Costa Nova is not in Aveiro but getting to it is very easy either by car or local bus.

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LISBON BUCKET LIST

lisbon bucket list

Lisbon was the first stop from my Portugal nine day trip. As soon as I got out from the metro in Chiado, I fell in love with the city! The colors, the light bathing the atmosphere, the tiles. I think it’s impossible not to love Lisbon. Anyways, in this post you’ll find everything about Lisbon: what to do and eat, where to stay and how to get around.

Best things to do in Lisbon

Start with a free walking tour

As soon as you get to Lisbon, take a free walking tour to get a grasp of what the city has to offer, the main sights and some insider tips from the tour guides that live there. It will help organise how you’ll spend the rest of your time in the city, and you can ask all the questions you want.

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