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Is Algarve like Costa del Sol???

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Hi,

I have a question to all those that have been to Algarve, Portugal and Costa del Sol, Spain.

Are they alike?

We stopped by Costa del Sol when we went to Spain and did not like it at all...condos, crowds, etc. We love Barcelona and Seville...

We're now planning a trip to Portugal and really wonder if it's worth going to Algarve.

The pictures look awesome...

So, should we spend a few days in Algarve? Is it worth the 3.5hr drive from Lisbon? Or are we better off seeing other parts of Portugal?

Thank you for your insights!

L

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