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January 24, 2011 8:05 PM   Subscribe

What to do in Portugal (with my grandparents)?

My grandfather has generously procured for me a ticket to Portugal to visit him and his girlfriend on their annual two-month visit/vacation in Portimao. My great-uncle and great-aunt live there as well. I am going to visit February 19-27, and am very excited!

I have been once before, for a week, to visit family there three years ago. Last time I went, my mother, stepfather and I went to Spain for a day, visited Monchique, the castle in Silves, and explored Portimao. I like all of these, as well as eating, watching fishermen, and walking around town observing. I am looking for things to do this time around, with my grandfather and his girlfriend. We will be staying in Portimao and have a car/apartment/etc.

They are interested in history, landscape, and architecture. I like flea markets, cafes, places to take great pictures, and hiking/exploring outdoors. They are going to be there for two months, have visited for two months for the past three years, and other family members are visiting in March so I feel that they have probably done most "touristy" things. This is nice, and means they will know the area well. I would just like to come prepared, and able to entertain myself while I am there. Any MeFites with knowledge of Portugal, specifically Portimao region - advice would be great!
posted by hepta to Travel & Transportation around Portugal (2 answers total)
This might be too far to drive (~150-200 miles), but I loved visiting Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, not least for the ruins of the Moorish castle.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 4:16 AM on January 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

So, if anyone else is reading this question searching for information, we went to Cape St Vincent (gorgeous, South-western most point in Europe, apparently), Portimao, Lisbon (2 hours by train!) Alvor (beautiful beach and so many British expats, there's rugby everywhere), and stayed in Armacao de Pera. Lovely!
posted by hepta at 10:08 AM on February 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

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