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Lagos is outrageous. I went summer of '06 for two weeks and ended up there for one month. You have to go.
Peniche is a jewel in the landscape of Portugal. I had originally planned to stay in Navarra, but the sight of the beach covered in identical white umbrellas changed my mind. I arrived the first weekend in August, which, as luck would have it, was a holiday weekend for Peniche. It was the festival of the Virgins. The festivities continued all weekend long. There were bands and food stalls and bars on the main pier in town. After dark, the Virgin was brought to the harbour and placed on a boat and then taken out to the water to be paraded around the harbour. All the boats were decorated with lights and anyone was welcome to hop on them. I would recommend Peniche at anytime of the year. The people were friendly, the town was easy to get around, and the beaches were fabulous -- everything you need!
This town is a must for anyone passing thorugh southern Spain or Portugal. The beaches are the most beautiful you'll ever see. The partying is also amazing. Try and come early in the summer or the spring. The crowds will be smaller, the weather warm but not too hot, and prices lower. Try and eat at Casa Rosa's, dirt cheap food, that is SO good. There is also a Prtugese place that serves HUGE servings for a decent price. I can't remember the name but ask a local, they'll hook you up. Also, do a Grotto tour. Definitely worth the 10 euros. The further you walk along the coast, the more deserted and beautiful the beaches become. Be warned, those who come to Lagos do NOT want to leave.
Aljezur is a nice little village, just twenty-five kilometers north of Lagos. It's a nice and relaxing change from noisy party place Lagos. It's a good spot to go to some of Europe's best beaches for surfing, or just hike along the paths. Even though Aljezur is small, it has all a traveler needs, even a very good hostel. Restaurants and supermarkets are cheap.
Lisbon is great. There is a ton to do. Wander around the old Expo grounds, wander the Hills, and windy street of the Alfama. For some beach time take the 20 min train to Cascais, or Estoril. Go to Sintra and see the Castle. Be warned that if you look under 30 and are walking around the main area of Lisbon you will likely be pestered by drug dealers, just say no and ignore them. Much of Lisbon is kind of sketchy. although safe during the day it is recommended that you stay on well lit and unisolated streets at night. Also options for eating or having a coffee start becoming limited after 10pm. Try eating at Restaurante Tripeiro at 70 Rua dos Correiros in the Baixa. Great food for decent prices.
Lagos is amazing. A friend and I were supposed to stay in Lagos for maybe three or four days and ended up staying for the rest of our trip in Portugal. You just don't want to leave because it is tons of fun. The beaches are gorgeous. You can take a boat ride to the grottoes and swim inside the caves. You also have a great nightlife with tons of fun people! So if you are traveling to Lagos, make sure it's the last place you're going to visit because you will not want to leave!


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