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Lisbon and Algarve

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Lisbon and Algarve

We will be in Portugal August 5-13. We are hoping to spend a few nights in the Algarve and a few nights in Lisbon. We have a teenage boy(15) and a teenage girl(16). I was wondering what towns are good to stay at in Algarve? I was thinking Albufeira or Lagos. I would like somewhere on or near the beach. Quaint with restaurants and shops nearby. Will we be able to drive to other towns such as Sagres, Tavira, or will it be too crowded?

For Lisbon, I was wondering what part of town to stay in?

We are thinking 3-4 nights in Algarve and then 3-4 nights in Lisbon. I would like to see Sintra and Obidos. Wondering if we should stop by Estoril and Cascais since we will have already seen the Algarve.

thank you so much for your assistance.

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1. Re: Lisbon and Algarve

August is high season and especially the Algarve will be packed with people.

Both Albufeira and Lagos are near the beach and both have enough restaurants and shops. Albufeira very much caters for British holiday makers, you may find Lagos more authentic.

Try and book your accomodation asap as the hotels fill up quickly.

You will be able to drive all over the Algarve and it will be quite crowded but nothing like you'd find it crowded in Florida. Parking may be an issue though.



In Lisbon you could stay in the area of Avenida da Liberdade from where you can walk into town. The area has enough restaurants to keep you happy.

In Lisbon you don't need a car, neither for Sintra (parking near the sites is not at all easy). There's a good train connection between Lisbon and Sintra.

You could stop by Estoril and Cascais, it's different than the Algarve but also will be quite busy in August.

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2. Re: Lisbon and Algarve

Finding suitable accommodation here in the Algarve for August will not be easy and will likely be expensive. As FTHW says, the Algarve is packed solid with holidaymakers from mid July to early September and all the lower priced rooms will have long gone. if you are coming here, start looking now. Use a site like booking.com to grab an idea of prices and availability. You may be constrained by availability rather than being to pick and choose a location.

The coastal seaside resort and golf areas do not do 'quaint' although the west of the region eg Lagos is la little more authentic, otherwise you could as well be in England or Florida.

The large towns here have tens of thousands of permanent residents, so everyday malls, supermarkets and other shops are plentiful. Of course the beach resorts have many shops catering for the tourist trade in summer. Restaurants and cafés are all over. We even have McDonalds and Burger King.

Parking in the towns is often a problem. Cars weren't around when they were built 2,000 years ago. Many centres are now closed to cars with car parks around the edges. If you were in Lagos, for example, Sagres is about a 30 minute drive, Tavira about 60 minutes along the toll highway and the very pleasant west coast (a national park) about 30 - 40 minutes. There you will find huge beaches, tall cliffs, some surfing establishments and not much else.

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3. Re: Lisbon and Algarve

"Quaint" is more "frequent" close to Lisboa than in the Algarve. So have look at the coastal towns north and south of Lisboa (Azenhas do Mar, Ericeira, Sesimbra, etc...)

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4. Re: Lisbon and Algarve

I wish folk would stop using the word "quaint" in relation to the Algarve coastal towns.

We don't really do "quaint"!

Lagos, Tavira and inland, Silves are historic towns with their own character and areas of historic interest but one cannot call the them quaint in comparison to somewhere like Obidos, the centres referred to by 64Novpt above, Zamora in Spain or the Citta Vecchia in Bergamo, Italy.

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