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#94308 - 10/14/15 04:57 PM Portugal advice please
La Sorpresa Offline
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Registered: 05/16/03
Posts: 191
Loc: Naples, FL - USA
Hi all,

Multi part question about travel in Portugal please...

#1 - I am wondering if anyone can comment on dining 'style' in Portugal. Here's why - my aunt and I were just in Seville and Madrid for a quick 1 week trip (she had never been). We ate only tapas the entire trip! Never sat down at an actual restaurant table. SHE LOVED IT! Will I be able to do the same thing with petiscos in Portugal when we do a whirlwind trip in February 2016?

#2 - Any advice on self-driving vs. taking the train to Porto? Safe roads? Safe drivers? I have to fly in and out of Lisbon, but also want to see Sintra, Fatima and Porto.

#3 - Hotel and restaurant advice is always welcome!
Thanks all,

#94310 - 10/15/15 04:04 PM Re: Portugal advice please [Re: La Sorpresa]
pedmar Offline
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Registered: 02/26/06
Posts: 2336
Loc: Morbihan, France
yes of course, on the bars , restaurants you sit down ,not so much the tapa tradition as in Spain.

very safe roads is what I do from Lisbon to Porto every year at least once. There is the A1 and the alternative free road that runs parallel to it. Driving there is fine, just on the autoestradas you need to pay tolls.

plenty of choices in the porto area I stay in Palacio de liria and in lisbon in several hôtels such as Marriott, Altis, Sheraton Blu, NH etc. all good.

for roads read this in Portuguese but just put origem and destino for your towns
full info on driving in Portugal

ps I am going next week to Cadiz so wont be around here ::)

#94312 - 10/15/15 09:52 PM Re: Portugal advice please [Re: La Sorpresa]
Mongo Offline
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Registered: 03/17/01
Posts: 582
Loc: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
A great bar food in Portugal is "Bifana" little grilled meat sandwiches on a roll topped with piri-piri, a hot oil sauce. Bifana no pao made with pork is my favorite. Available cheap in most bars.

Follow it with a glass of ginginha com, cherry liquor with the fruit in the bottom. You will see small Ginginha shops all over.



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