We are young at heart, adventurous 60/70 who normally travel to Greece, Italy and or Turkey for about 12 weeks each year.
Next year we are considering Portugal and need help planning an itinery.
We normally travel everywhere by public transport. We would perhaps spend 7 or so in Portugal and would like to see as many areas as comfortably possible in that time. We enjoy slow travel and staying perhaps 7 days or more, in each area and taking public transport for day trips to visit other towns and areas.
We enjoy old cities with narrow streets and lots of exploring. Sitting with a coffee and watching the world go by. Shopping and some Cultural visits but not into visiting every museum or church.
We are independent travellers.
We have been recommended that we visit Lisbon of course,
We enjoy dining out and staying out late at dinner and perhaps a drink or coffee after. We are happy to perhaps fly from one city to another rather than spend 4 hours or more on a bus.
We enjoy sitting in a restaurant or cafe overlooking the beach for the views but dont sit on the beach as we live near the beach at home. Enjoy soaking up the atmosphere and culture of European countries.
We dont want to find ourselves in an area where there are all Irish, British Pubs and 24 hour parties.
So some starting advice to help our planning would be great.
Have read Lonely Planet guide, but as usual they mainly list the Museums, a few places to stay and where to eat. That doesnt really give you the true feeling for the place.
I know that the Largos area is an area that a lot of young people go to party but have been told that the Old town is definately worth visiting.
Thanks in advance for any advice. Not sure of the months but will probably run away from the winter here so June, July, August/ September sometime.