I'm spending a month in Portugal, arriving in early October (Lisbon) and leaving early November (from Lisbon).
I plan to spend the first 8 days in Lisbon/Sintra and then rent a car for the rest of the trip. From Lisbon/Sintra, I need to decide whether first to head south to the Algarve OR instead head north toward central Portugal, then on to Porto and Northern Portugal.
My intention is to cover as much of the country as I can in the month. So either way I decide--head north or head south first--I'll still try and hit all the major regions.
With it being October, I was thinking that it might be better to head south to catch as much of the remaining warm temperatures as possible for beach and swimming. Or will I be too late? Or would it be better to catch the warm temperatures up north before it gets chilly?
Any thoughts on weather or other implications? Otherwise I can just flip a coin...