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South / west coast - where to go ?!

London, United...
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South / west coast - where to go ?!

Hi

We are a young Couple - mid 20s looking to visit Portugal in the last week of June but are unsure which part to visit. We plan to fly into Lisbon and have ruled out south coast eg Albufeira due to lack of nice hotels available.

So, west coast but not as far as Porto is our goal.

We won’t have a car and would like to be very close to a sandy beach, somewhere with lots of small shops and ample bars/ restaurants to visit in the evening. Generally a lively place but not rowdy

Thanks !!

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Porto, Portugal
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1. Re: South / west coast - where to go ?!

If you are here in june 23rd evening, you should be in Porto. It is são joão festivity. We all go to the streets hiting strangers with plastic hammers.Take a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a73UzYN2TKg

Dorset, United...
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2. Re: South / west coast - where to go ?!

It's a pity you don't fancy going north up to Porto and beyond.

Apart from the hammer hitting festival which sounds fantastic. Vila Praia de Âncora seems to tick all the boxes.

It has a beautiful beach. A regular train service with the station a 2 minute walk to the sea.

Good restaurants and inexpensive accommodation. We have stayed in this area several times. It definitely is worth considering.

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