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1. Posted by travel101 (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

Hello!

I'm thinking about a trip to Portugal. I'd like to go from Lisbon down to Algarve. (or any other nice towns to visit down on that coast?! - suggestions?!) I'm planning a honeymoon so I want it to be nice!

Is the train the only way down or are there ferries that travel down the coast? I'd also like to check out Porto. Does anybody have any ideas? I want to relax on this trip but the travel bug in me of course is urging me to continue seeing as much as possible once over there!

Thanks for all your help.

2. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Hi nycerin
[How many days have you got?]

Enjoy yourself in Lisbon, travel up to Porto and then travel down directly (using the fast train) to the Algarve.

In the Algarve: I recommend a very highly attractive place acting like a hub that can be used to explore other nearby towns (+ beaches!) and mountains. This special place is Praia da Rocha. A real jewel!

You have Ferragudo, Alvor and Monchique nearby as well as the river Arade in Portimão. 30 mins by train or car and you are in Lagos.

Your honeymoon must have everything!

You must stay in a place with a memorable view! A nice swimming pool, tennis courts, restaurants (including Pizza!) and a massive sandy beach! {A private car park just in case you want to hire a car for a couple of days.} All at good value for money!

It’s time to prepare for that honeymoon!

PS. Sorry but there are not ferry services to the Algarve from any Portuguese town.
PPS. This is where I stayed at Easter albeit not for my honeymoon!
http://www.geocities.com/algarve_holiday

3. Posted by travel101 (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

Will the beaches on the Algarve be boring in November?! Is there anything going on or will the towns be sleepy?

Is Porto worth it? The Douro Valley nice?!

I'm thinking about just staying in Lisbon and then in the suburbs along the ocean in Cascais or Estoril. Any opinions? Sounds like a very easy trip but if history, architecture and beaches are all within a one hour radius.. this might be the answer.

4. Posted by hellopanda (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

although I am yet to visit it (but going later this year!! ), consider visiting sintra. It's only an an hour from lisbon- it looks beautiful!

5. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 9y

hi

if you want the beach only as an addition, i would recommend giving up on the algarve and staying in lisbon instead. the algarve is great for beach-going, but as to other attractions (interesting towns and cities, historical monuments, beautiful views), other parts of portugal have much more to offer. lisbon makes an excellent base for expolring the best of portugal - from lisbon you can make day trips to best historical monuments in portugal, like tomar (2h by train), alcobaça, batalha, charming medieval town of óbidos, beautiful sintra (absolute must-see), mafra palace, evora, and many more. there are beaches in the neighbourhood, so if the weather is nice you can go to the beach anyway (although november is not usually a beach time). estoril and cascais are nice but all the places i mentioned above are much more interesting.

porto is also a great city, not any worse than lisbon, it is also possible to make a one day trip from lisbon to porto (3h by train) - you wont have time to see everything in porto, but you will see quite a lot.

6. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 9y

Hi-

I have planned a great Portugal trip which I will be taking this August. Here's the rundown...

Flying from Newark to Porto - nonstop on TAP
Spend 2 days in Porto, renting a car then heading south
Stoping in Coimbra (about halfway between Porto and Lisbon) - historic town with national university of Portugal
Spending 3 days in Lisbon - enjoying the surronds of Estoril and Sintra
Driving to Evora - very historic town
Then continuing to drive to Lagos in the Algarve
Flying from Faro to Lisbon, then home to Newark on TAP

Busses and trains are very good in Portugal, so if you are not renting a car, transportation between these areas are still possible. It follows a north to south route, hitting most major points in Portugal. I hope this helps.

Rob

7. Posted by travel101 (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

Thanks a lot. This all helps so much. I will also be flying from the NYC area and I didn't realize there is a non stop flight to Porto. That's great. I will now check out an itinerary going backwards starting at Porto. Thank you!! I will also check out some of the other towns listed.

8. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 9y

The flight to Porto opperates 3 times a week from EWR

[ Edit: Edited on May 11, 2007, at 8:19 PM by rborzillo ]

9. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Will the beaches be boring in the Algarve in November?

No. The beach at Praia da Rocha is attractive all year around!
The beauty of this place is not diminished because there aren’t crowds of people! But enhanced since the feeling of relaxation and peace is even greater than during the Summer. Perfect for honeymoon!

{In fact the Algarve in winter is extremely attractive and way way undersold.}

Is there anything going on or will the towns be sleepy?

Bear in mind that Praia da Rocha is the Seafront of Portimão, the 2nd largest town in the Algarve; after Faro. This is no sleepy town with only a beach and where everything stops after August!

There is a diversity of activities in this bustling town; in the river; at sea and; in cultural centres; as well being the ideal launch pad for a trip to the nearby beauty of Monchique (voted best Spa resort in Portugal) and trips to other towns and important landmarks/wonders of Portugal such as the Fortress of Sagres! Perfect to start your life of discovery with your love!