I'm planning to go to Southern Portugal for the 2-weeks trip and need your help!
It happens to me that in spite of planning a trip long time ago I have so much work to do for those days that my vacations are under risk.
I don't want to cancel my trip anyway, just hope that I need to change my plans a bit and to take my laptop with me...
I'm planning to base in Quarteira on the Southern coast of Portugal and still rent a car and travel around.
But to my regret I need to stay connected...
Can you help me with suggestions as for the internet? In the hotel I've booked wi-fi is available but the hourly fee is unbelievably high.
Are there lot of cafes or other places in small cities of Portugal where I can find free wifi with a good connection?
Maybe some suggestions as for Quarteira or Villamoura?
Or is there an option of buying 3G internet from some mobile supplier for 2 weeks period? What will be the cost?
I don't need much traffic - just use e-mails, work with documents and make skype-calls.
THank you very much for your advices!
My only experience of Portugal is Albufeira
Cafes and bars have internet access which seems cheaper than hotels
Post Offices have access to which should be cheaper
Rough Guide to Portugal is useful
If in doubt Google
Portugal Internet Access
Quarteira is a dump. I'd cancel it and book somewhere else. Portimao isn't bad and I spent hours in a bar called Chocolate for the price of one drink or one cake where they are very relaxed on wifi use and even have power sockets.
In Albufeira I stayed at Pedro Dos Bricos in November for £18 a night in a luxury 4 star apartment with free wifi.
McDonalds of course has free wifi but you should be careful that some local nut has not hacked into it, as in Lloret de Mar (Spain).
Albufeira is a great place to stay
Go with the flow in English an Scottish bars or enjoy a local bar
Lidl is place to shop
Especially for cheap Rose
Try joining ciuchsurfing
A goo way to meet travellers
Yo may even find a bed or couch to sleep on
I went to Lisbon in 09 with the royal navy and whenever I get ashore I'm always keen to check my facebook and download my favourite podcasts, I had no problem getting online there but watch out for muggers, loads of the lads got violently robbed, that was in the capital tho cascais about 10 miles away was absaloutly fine and also had wifi in bars and cafes, if in doubt find a mcdonalds but most hotels have wifi these days so chill out and enjoy your holliday lol
You can find it in cafes cheaper or even for free
If you have your own laptop/smart phone
Some cafés let you use the wifi connection if you eat/drink something there
Where are you in the algarve?
Maybe I can let you know some internet spots close to you!
A Vodafone dongle costs 29.90 locally ... you should find their shops easily, Galina. Also there is one at Faro Airport.
For a couple of weeks serious use ... a 2G top up is 20 euros. A 1G might stretch for 12.50. Remember that photos and songs take up a lot of data on mobile ... not sure about skype.
This should give you reliable cover wherever you are.
[ Edit: Edited on 10-Dec-2015, at 05:02 by pyrman ]