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a week and half in Portugal

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a week and half in Portugal

Hello,

We are traveling to Portugal in early September and trying to determine the best itinerary. We will be renting a car and probably arriving to Lisbon. We are far more interested in the quaint towns ad villages than big cities. We were considering spending 2 night in Lisbon and then driving to Evora and spending two nights there. We were then thinking about traveling down to the Algarve and spending 4 night exploring that region. I've been reading some other reviews from folks who didn't like the algarve because of how touristy it's become and how crowded - but the area looks so amazingly beautiful and there appear to be charming small towns/villages to visit. We welcome any recommendations...particularly those that take us off the beaten track!

- thanks!

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1. Re: a week and half in Portugal

"We are far more interested in the quaint towns ad villages than big cities" for that you have to drive north of Évora not south to the Algarve. http://www.visitportugal.com/en/destinos

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2. Re: a week and half in Portugal

You could:

Spend 2 days to see Lisbon (no need for a car) http://www.lisbonweekendguild.com/index.html

Spend 1 day to visit Sintra (west of Lisbon) http://www.sintra-portugal.com/index.php

Drive to Evora and spend 1 day http://www.evora-portugal.com/index.php

Continue to Beja and on to Mertola http://www.camertola.pt/en/info/museum-town-mértola

From there down to the Algarve and stay in Tavira http://www.tavirauncovered.com/

The remainder of your days you can explore the rest of the Algarve

September is the best month of the year to visit the Algarve. While the crowds have gone, it's still very much summer.

www.visitalgarve.pt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbG4M--OlsU

http://goo.gl/maps/sehOy

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4. Re: a week and half in Portugal

Hi Neverenoughtime

For the Algarve off the beaten track you should consider the Barrocal area. Take a look a this site as an example: http://www.visitalgarve.pt/visitalgarve/vEN/DescubraARegiao/438/Roteiros/From+the+Barrocal+to+the+Serra/

For more information (as FTHW suggested) see www.visitalgarve.pt

As you are renting a car, see www.coordenadasgps.pt for gps coordinates and suggestions.

Have a nice trip

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