Help plan a trip Porto/Northern Portugal at the end of the year

Post date: 2023-09-26 14:06:09
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We're planning to visit Portugal at the end of the year. Yes, we know that this is not the ideal time to visit, but this is what's worked out on the schedule. We've spent more time in central/south Portugal, want to see some of the north this time.

What we know right now:
a) it'll be damp and cold.
b) everything shuts down for the 24th and 25th.
c) buildings are not necessarily heated (and there seems to be some "fluidity" in how heat is defined in the airbnb/vrbo listings, so we're looking at them with an eye to "are there really radiators in the room or are they counting the fireplace in the living room as the heat").

Given the above, our thinking is that we stay in a hotel in Porto for those two days, one big enough to have an operating restaurant (and we'll check on that before we book). Good idea, or go the airbnb route and plan on shopping for food on the 23rd?

Anything we should definitely plan on otherwise? Does this seem like it'll work?

Haven't decided how we'll get around yet, but thinking of renting a car. On previous trips we've done the train/bus/foot thing, but want to get out in the countryside a little.
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