We are going to Portugal the first two weeks of September, 2014. We will spend three to four days in the Algarve. We hadn't planned on renting a car. We fly into Lisbon then will take the bus or the train. From the posts I have read, we had kind of decided to stay in Lagos. Now I'm reading more about Albufeira. We are two 60sih couples. We like local culture, wine, food, some history, lots of shopping. Can anyone recommend which city (and specifically an accommodation) we should use as our base? Faro, Lagos, Albufeira? We would like to see the local culture before we move on to Lisbon and then further to Porto. We would not object to renting a car to see the area. Thank you.