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Phat Phil
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Lisbon vs. Porto
If you had to choose one as a first time visitor, which city do you recommend?

Main things I care about are sightseeing, scenery, culcha, food, and big beautiful cathedrals.
Not really into nightlife because I'm too tired at night time after walking around all day. Museum is not on my wishlist as well.


Zappas Stache
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
Tough call because both are great. Lisbon is a bigger city w/ more hustle & bustle but it is a late night town. Streets that look abandoned during the day come to life at night. There is plenty to do in the day though. But Lisbon's Old Quarter area gets the nod over Porto's old town area. From Lisbon you can day trip to Sintra which has some castles.
Porto is smaller but has great food and a big cathedral in the middle of town. People were friendly in both places but a bit more so in Porto. Porto is easier to walk around in but also has a lot of abandoned buildings which at night can be a little sketchy what with legalized drugs everywhere and people trying to sell them to you.


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Sisyphus
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
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If you had to choose one as a first time visitor, which city do you recommend?

Main things I care about are sightseeing, scenery, culcha, food, and big beautiful cathedrals.
Not really into nightlife because I'm too tired at night time after walking around all day. Museum is not on my wishlist as well.


You can't really go wrong with either however I think for first time visitors Lisbon is a bit easier and just as good.

I don't know when you are planning on going but if you can be in Lisbon for the Festival of St Anthony (Patron Saint of the city) it is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It's like Mardi Gras without having to look over your shoulder.


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kciDAtaE
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
Lisbon food scene is top level


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Jorts 'R Us
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
Lisboa all day. I looooove that city.


Tha Herg
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
If one was planning a 10 day nine night trip to Portugal, how would you divide up the city/daytrip’s break down?


Tha Herg
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
Any Portugal trip veterans here to weigh in on the above question?


CalcuttaTigah
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
3 days and nights in Porto, the rest in Lisbon. Gotta factor in travel days too. I did 12 days last year and squeezed in Lagos as well.


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Zappas Stache
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
We did 4 nights in each and could have easily done 2 or 3 more nights in each.


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lynxcat
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
I did 4 in Porto and 5 in Lisbon. I will be back to Portugal...wonderful trip.


wahootiger
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
I would strongly recommend setting aside two nights in the Douro Valley.


Tha Herg
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
What day trips or small towns are a must see? Also, Would I be doing myself a disservice if I were to skip Porto entirely and just stay in Lisbon with day trips to the surrounding cities (maybe a night in one of the smaller cities).
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wahootiger
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
I would make a trip up to Porto.

We did about a week in Lisbon/Cascais for a wedding and traveled after for about a week.

On the week after we went 2 nights in Porto, 2 nights in Pinhao in the Douro Valley, 1 night in Porto, 2 nights back in Lisbon (we had to make it back to fly out of Lisbon because we used points, if you can reasonably fly out of different airports I would do that). It was a bit of traveling around but honestly wasn't too bad, there is a really nice train between Lisbon and Porto that takes like 2.5 hours.

The Douro Valley was one of the most breathtaking landscapes I've seen. It is nothing but terraced mountain vineyards as far as the eye can see. We stayed at Quinta De La Rosa, a working vineyard just outside of Pinhao (10 minute walk). I thought it was extremely reasonable for how nice it was. This was a great time for relaxing after what was a great, if not busy, trip.

We weren't able to make it down to the Algarve, but I have heard great things.

As for day trips from Lisbon - Cascais and Sintra. If you go the a lot of time in Lisbon route, I might even stay a night or two in Sintra to allow you to see more things. We were only there one day and it wasn't near enough time.

I've said this numerous times on this board, but Portugal is fricking dope. Let me know if you have any other questions.


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Bear-O-Dactyl
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re: Lisbon vs. Porto
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What day trips or small towns are a must see? Also, Would I be doing myself a disservice if I were to skip Porto entirely and just stay in Lisbon with day trips to the surrounding cities (maybe a night in one of the smaller cities).


In my opinion, you would be doing yourself a huge disservice by skipping Porto.

We visited Portugal in July of 2017. On the mainland, we mainly spent time in Lisbon, Sintra, Tomar, and Porto. We did stops in Coimbra and Aveiro as well. Liked Coimbra, but I don't recommend Aveiro.

I did a trip review on here if you want to check it out. Might help.

Trip Review - Portugal


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