Going to Lisbon and Funchal, Portugal in July (from US). Any recs on restaurants or activities/beaches? I know it’s risky but need to get away. Traveling solo.

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Check out Sintra for a day trip (not beach but very cool castle like houses) as well as the Alfama district for dinner in a sleepy neighborhood while listening to traditional Fado music. There is a bar that is on the roof of a parking garage that has a great view and usually popping.

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I'm Portuguese, here's my list (in no particular order):
- Torre de Belém (make sure you eat a pastel de Belém)
- Sintra (45min drive from Lisbon but totally worth it, go to the castle if you can)
- Castelo de Sao Jorge (it's the castle at the top of the capital, make sure you walk rather than taking transport, the walk itself is great [wear comfy shoes])
- Praça do Rossio (I'd say start your walk to Castelo de Sao Jorge from Rossio
- Panteão Nacional de Lisboa (make this a stop on your way to Castelo de Sao Jorge)
- Lisbon Oceanary (its underwater and one of the best I've been too [excuse the bias])
- Bairro Alto (if you want to go out and have fun then this is a must!
- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (i went for a school trip once as a kid and cant wait to take my kid this summer)

If you're up for it you can also go to the following beaches:
- Cascais, Troia, Costa da Caparica (praia da morena is my go to)

Now for Madeira:
- Pico do Arieiro / Pico Ruivo (one or the other tbh)
- Definitely go on the Teleferico, you see the whole island while on it
- Camera de Lobos
- Cristo Rei (yes we have 2 in Portugal and Brazil just happen to have the big one haha)
- Porto Moniz

Hope this helps, let me know how you find it :)

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Thank you!

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we’re never going to get away from waves of increasing numbers

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Make sure you check bcuz they might make you do 2 weeks quarantine

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Thanks, will do! I can always postpone/cancel the trip if the situation gets even worse, was just looking for recommendations

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Given today’s announcements...not sure you’re going...

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A Valenciana - for Piri Piri chicken
Ramiro - seafood
TOPO Martim Moniz - good for happy hour with view

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Ramiro!!! So good

Funchal - Madeira? Yes, I spent a long weekend there before. Quinta Da Saraiva for a relaxing weekend and the hotel is limited in guest capacity so you’ll be safe!

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Will they let you in?

My bad, thought I saw Spain further down.

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How did you get confirmation that US will lift their travel ban by then? Right now for anyone to travel internationally, they have to send justification. Btw great trips!

Ban is already lifted for certain countries, including Portugal

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Yeah, Nothing announced yet but very likely EU will ban travelers from the US due to the failure to contain the virus. American excellence on full display 🙃! Still hoping to go eventually so keep the recommendations coming!

I would have been tested prior to arrival, when I arrived and after I got back or quarantined. I did my research and looked at the safety measures in Portugal and I thought it would be relatively safe w/ the precautions. I’m following the guidelines here, wear a mask and barely leave my place. Unfortunately, a portion of Americans didn’t. Sorry you cancelled your plans, I tried to keep my one trip this year. Doesn’t sound like you have any recs for Lisbon though, so maybe find another thread to be negative

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Did you end up going?

Definite not. Airline isn’t cancelling flight though and toId me I can still go if I present a negative COVID test, which isn’t true. Can’t go regardless as a tourist. Next summer I’ll go hopefully. Ticket was less than $400 so it hurts but could be worse.

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