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Driver/Guide from Lisbon to Porto (stopping Aviero/Obidos)

Old Oct 16, 18, 4:37 pm
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Driver/Guide from Lisbon to Porto (stopping Aviero/Obidos)

I'm going on a personal vacation in the spring - first one in awhile! Thinking about splurging on a driver/guide from Lisbon to Porto who can stop in a couple of towns on the way (maybe Aviero and Obidos, but open), for two people (mom and daughter). Anyone have a great recommendation? (I've never used this section of FT before - not sure it's as active as the other sections but figured that FT folks always have great taste.)

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Old Oct 28, 18, 8:04 pm
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Nobody has responded and I am sorry but I have no recommendations.
A couple of years ago I rented a car in Lisbon and drove past Fatima, spent a night in Coimbra, went to Porto and up to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The roads are great, the driving easy, good signage and lot of stop areas.
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Old Oct 30, 18, 10:00 pm
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Nobody has responded and I am sorry but I have no recommendations.
A couple of years ago I rented a car in Lisbon and drove past Fatima, spent a night in Coimbra, went to Porto and up to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The roads are great, the driving easy, good signage and lot of stop areas.
Thank you for your response though! Did you enjoy Coimbra? It's on my list. Thanks!!
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Thank you for your response though! Did you enjoy Coimbra? It's on my list. Thanks!!
Coimbra was very nice. It is a medieval town (you should do at least part of it by foot) with lots of plazas, a nice University, I missed the library.
Definitely a place to spend the night or stop for a few hours.
I loved Lisbon. I is an amazing underrated city. The food is excellent and the view are great.
I know you are not going to Spain but Santiago de Compostela is truly a gem. The main cathedral, the great squares, the narrow streets, the markets and the awesome Northern Spanish food.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 8:26 pm
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I'd drive. It's relatively easy in Portugal, even if you haven't yet driven much in Europe. Just be sure to confirm an automatic, with AC for warm weather. You'll save money to spend on other stuff and have more flexibility. With Michelin guides, maps, and GPS you don't need a driver/guide.

Coimbra is special. It's a very old preserved small city with a historic university where traditionally students serenaded their love interests.

If you're going to cross the Spanish border, in addition to Santiago, Bayona (spelled various ways) near Vigo is special with a stunning but not particularly expensive parador built into an old fortress on the coast. The parador in Santiago is much more fancy (IIRC it's officially rated as five star luxury) and more expensive, but it's a truly special experience to stay here.

Try to stay in some posadas and historic boutique hotels along the way.
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Old Nov 22, 18, 7:50 am
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Similar thing. Lisbon for a couple nights, train up to La Coruna (stopping along the way).

Then picking up a car in La Caruna, and driving to Barcelona thru/along Pyrenees (also stopping along the way) It would be late May, early June. Just starting to research. May post if I have any questions, or if anyone has suggestions..
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