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Portugal Trip

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First time posting using Fodors. I'll be doing a lot of traveling in Europe over the coming summer (travel originating in Dublin but I'm originally from the USA). I'm planning a trip to Portugal in late July / early August for about 6-8 days, give or take. We are interested in nature (hiking/kayaking), beach days, and the historical/architectural sites, as well as nightlife.

As of now, my very tentative plan is:
Will likely fly in and out of Lisbon but Porto is an option (as long is the price is fine)
2-4 night accommodation in Lisbon (city center, Alfama, Sintra, Caparca)
1-2 night accommodation in Lagos (Algarve beach area and Quinta Miradouro vineyard)
2-3 night accommodation in Coimbra (Aveiro, Mondego River, and Porto)

I have a number of questions:
Are those accommodation locations reasonable with the other locations I want to visit around those cities? I understand some of those would be day trips. I would rather have a "base" to leave our belongings and easily settle in after the day, but would you recommend staying in those various other locations instead of having a central location? What is the best method to travel around? We are fine with the bus (and would prefer the cheaper option) but only if the bus isn't too much longer than the train.

Finally, is there anything you feel I should add to my trip or take out of my trip (based on the little bit you've read about my interests)? Any suggestions, pointers, or any information would be greatly appreciated.

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