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Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

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Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

Boyfriend and I are looking to disconnect, ideally in a quiet-ish town or village. Ideal scenarios would be: reading a good book on a balcony or patio overlooking a fantastic view (ocean, nature, or charming village), enjoying local cuisine, going for scenic walks or hikes (simple hikes, mind you, as neither of us are hikers), lots of relaxing and enjoying each other's company, secluded beaches, rustic atmosphere and above all, no pressure.

What we don't want: all-inclusive resort style vacations, situations where there is a lot of pressure to socialize and meet other people, shared lodging (no bed and breakfasts, hostels, places with shared patios dominated by loud tourists), see-and-be-seen beaches, intense nightlife (although we're open to a lively and delicious restaurant scene), camping, hopping between multiple towns. We will probably be there in early October, for 7-10 days.

We would love suggestions for specific areas in Portugal where we might be able to find the experience we're looking for. Also welcome are recommendations for specific places to stay, like houses for rent, cottages, villas, apartments, etc. Thanks!

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1. Re: Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

Definitely not the Algarve!

Try the north around Porto, Braga, Guimaraes.

Whether or not you intend to have a car will quite seriously affect your decision making. A lot of the more rural areas have little or nothing in way of trains or buses by which to get around.

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2. Re: Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

If it's early October then climate wise, the Algarve is your best choice.

Have a look at Alvor, in the Western part of the Algarve.

www.visitalgarve.pt

www.alvoruncovered.com

holiday-weather.com/alvor/averages/october/

If you want it more quiet, it could be Burgau, further West:

http://www.burgauuncovered.com/

For rentals:

www.ownersdirect.co.uk

www.homeaway.co.uk

www.holidaylettings.co.uk

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3. Re: Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

We were not initially planning on renting a car, but we're open to it if it's required.

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4. Re: Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

Hi there cisrnita.

For good planning I would definitely recommend consulting the official website of the Portuguese tourism, http://www.visitportugal.com. You can get a great overview of the country. Portugal is a very diverse country with many differences between the various regions and it is important to have a good general idea to make the best choices.

With the description you did, I think it would also be interesting to consider the Azores.

If you choose to rent a car, I recommend the site www.coordenadasgps.pt to steer with your gps.

Whatever the choice, I wish you a great holiday.

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5. Re: Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

In October there are no "hordes of tourists" anywhere. Close to Lisboa you have places like Ericeira and Sesimbra that can correspond to your needs. Both cater mainly for locals. For a one of a kind accomodation, but far from restaurants here's a suggestion http://www.areiasdoseixo.com/home/en/

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6. Re: Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

Search Lousã or somewhere in Alentejo ;)

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7. Re: Relaxing Portuguese Vacation

A great option would be any of the old castle villages bordering Spain, from Alentejo to the North where the Douro crosses over to Portugal.

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