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Portugal Questions - Algarve, Evora, Coimbra, & Lisbon

DrSouthBay | Jun 17, 2010 03:34 PM

We are traveling to Portugal (Algarve, Evora, Coimbra, & Lisbon) in late June. We are a family with two kids ages 4 and 7, and we will have a car except for when we are in Lisbon. All price ranges are fine, good food and drink is the primary criteria. I have a few specific questions.

We land in Lisbon at noon, and are driving directly to Sagres. Does anyone have ideas for a quick lunch either near the airport or along the route?

Algarve: We are staying in the Pontalaia Apartments in Sagres, and will likely stick to the area West of Lagos including Silves. Are there good breakfast/coffee options in Sagres? What about markets and grocery stores? We will definitely go to some of the great sounding recommendations from Monchique and others such as Rui's in Silves, Mar a Vista, Vila Velha, Eiro do Mel, and Gabriel.

Driving from Sagres to Evora, are there any suggestions for places to stop for lunch and walking around? Looking at a map, Beja seems a convenient place to stop.

Evora: We are staying inside the city walls. Any comments on the following places: Don Joaquim, Fialho, Tasquinha d'Oliveira, Lis, Luar de Janeiro, or Taverna? Other places?

Driving from Evora to Coimbra, we will stop in Batalha. Any recommendations there?

Coimbra: We are staying at the Pousada Condeixa-a-Nova - Santa Cristina. Is the restaurant at the pousada any good? From what I have read online it sounds like many of the pousada restaurants are not very good. O Cabritino has some good reviews. How about other places in Condeixa-a-Nova or Coimbra? A Taberna is recommended on this board, and A Capella and Ze Manel dos Ossos are recommended in "The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal."

Driving from Coimbra to Lisbon we may stop in Alcobaca or Obidos. Any recommendations?

In Lisbon we are staying near the Avenida Metro. I've gone through the board for recommendations for Lisbon, Sintra, and Belem. Places such as Bonjardim, Gambrinus, Sinal Vermelho, and Solar dos Presuntos sound good. Anything else near our hotel that stands out? Is it appropriate to bring our kids to Solar Do Vinho do Porto? How about a place such as Os Goliardos? Also, we would like to go to one destination restaurant where the kids would not be out of place, if possible.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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