NOLA Hound will be with 2 friends traveling in Portugal in mid-August as a last hurrah between the bar exam and starting the real world. I write the food articles for a local magazine here in New Orleans, but all of us are in our mid-20s and love food and wine. (We already have 2 tastings set up in Porto through some distributor connections.) We will be spending 2 nights each in Porto, Lisbon, and the Algarve, traveling exclusively by train.
I have searched the board and have picked out a few places to eat in Porto and Lisbon, but I have not come up with much for the Algarve. As of now, our plan is to stay in Faro because that seems to be the city easiest to access by train. (We will not be renting a car.) From my research, most posters recommend visiting the smaller towns in the region, but unfortunately that does not fit with our budget or time frame for this trip.
Does anyone have any suggestions for places to stay and to eat in Faro? Should we go to Lagos instead of Faro? Any and all thoughts would be much appreciated. I am very much interested in eating where the locals do... as long as I can get there without renting a car.
Lastly, any information on off-the-radar spots in Lisbon and Porto would be great.
Thanks in advance.