Seven of my oldest girlfriends and I will be turning 50 next year and want to go somewhere to celebrate. Last night we determined that portugal is a place new to all of us, that a week at the end of April is the time that will likely work best for all schedules and that we'd like to rent a self-catering house somewhere. I'd welcome any suggestions for regions / towns that we should consider staying in that time of year. Both sea and mountains are appealing. Several of us are quite active cyclists or hikers and none of us need much city time. Any thoughts about to focus the search a bit would be much appreciated.