I'm planning a trip to Portugal to explore the areas so popular with permies, while also satisfying my own preference of being close to hiking. It looks like the popular areas are around Arganil and Castelo Branco. Since I'll be flying in to Lisbon and recovering for an 8 hour time zone change, I was thinking:
4 days north of Lisbon, near Alenquer and the Serra de Monejunto
5 days near Arganil, driving distance to hiking in Serra de Lousa
5 days near Seia, driving distance to Serra de Estrela
I could change Arganil to Lousa, but that would be farther away from the areas most popular with permies, although maybe closer to hiking. I was also thinking Guarda would be an option, but don't see that area to be very popular with permies. Any thoughts from people who live in the area?
What a wonderful time you'll have! I don't have specific recommendations - I was last in Portugal in 2004, and I'm assuming most of the places I visited have changed. My favorite stay in 1985 was in Sintra, which I imagine is completely different now, but still probably delightful.
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