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5 days Portugal or Spain

In May, my husband and I are hiking the Portugal Coast with REI Adventures (5/4-5/10/14). We end our hike in Sagres, Portugal. At that time we have 5 open days before we begin a 10 day river cruise of the Douro River Valley which begins in Lisbon and ends in Porto (5/15-5/25). We would welcome suggestions of how to spend those 5 days. Our thoughts have included more time on the coast of Portugal (but where?), flying into Mardid, Spain or traveling to Seville, Spain. Any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated.

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1. Re: 5 days Portugal or Spain

You could travel the Algarve coast (south of Portugal), from Sagres to the Spanish border.

If you rent a car you could drop it off in Lisbon. From the Algarve you could visit Seville for a day, it's not that far. Are you looking to relax or looking to see things?

www.visitalgarve.pt

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We are up for exploring as the Uniworld Cruise will be a lot of relaxing. The only must do will be laundry! Our REI trip will begin in Lisbon, and will spend time in Sintra, Cascais, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Zambujeira do Mar, Vila do Bispo, and Sagres. The Uniworld Cruise will begin in Lisbon and encompass Coimbria, Porto, Regua, Pinhao, Vega de Terron (Spain), Salamanca (Spain), Barca d'Alva and Guimaraes.

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If you're willing to rent a car you could take a bus from Sagres to Lagos http://www.eva-bus.com/

and pick up a rental car from Auto Jardim. They also have an office in Lisbon where you can return the car: http://www.auto-jardim.com/

I wouldn't drive to Spain but cruise the Algarve from West to East. The website I gave you above has a wealth of info. in the 'downloads' section.

When in Vila Real de Santo Antonio you head North to Mertola http://www.camertola.pt/en/info/museum-town-mértola

From there further North to Evora

…cm-evora.pt/guiaturistico/…itinerary.htm

http://www.evora-portugal.com/index.html

http://www.visitalentejo.pt/en/

http://goo.gl/maps/MWcnH

Edited: 6:36 pm, January 14, 2014
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RE: If you're willing to rent a car you could take a bus from Sagres to Lagos http://www.eva-bus.com/

and pick up a rental car from Auto Jardim. They also have an office in Lisbon where you can return the car: http://www.auto-jardim.com/

After reading your post and more reading and researching on our own, I think you have the best idea. Thank you so much for your thoughts and assistance. So in summary, we can take a bus from Sagres to Lagos, pick up a rental car in Lagos travel E to W and then return to Lisbon with the car. I'd like to go ahead and secure our first night somewhere and then play the rest of the days by ear. Would you suggest staying in Lagos on the first evening?

Again, thank you.

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Glad you like the suggestion. Yes, do stay in Lagos on your first evening, it's very nice.

www.lagosuncovered.com

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6. Re: 5 days Portugal or Spain

Just another thought is that we could spend the first evening in Sagres and then take the bus on the following day. Do you believe this would be worthwhile? After checking the website, it appears that you cannot see a bus schedule this far in advance. I have emailed them for additional information.

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7. Re: 5 days Portugal or Spain

Sagres is nice but small. I think you'd be happier in Lagos.

Here's the bus schedule in English: http://www.algarvebus.info/012.htm

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8. Re: 5 days Portugal or Spain

Oh that does help...thank you.

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I do believe this will be my last question. We would like to be flexible and decide on a day by day basis during the 5 day trip from East to West whether we want to stay in a location or travel on. I will secure reservations for the first eve of May 10 in Lagos, but would prefer to travel that bit more by the "seat of our pants". During May, would you consider this advisable?

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