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single accommodations fishing villages Portugal

I am a mature traveller looking for simple accommodations in smaller fishing villages during June in Portugal
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Portugal has over a thousand miles of coastline. Which oart of the country were you planning on visiting? There aren't any small traditional fishing villages left on the Algarve, as they have all suffered from huge levels of development.

What is your daily accommodation budget in Euros?

Some places have cheap rooms that you can rent upon arrival in the town, but this is a bit risky in June!

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I am looking for a small apartment with cooking facilities and near the sea. Are there no smaller fishing villages remaining? Price range around 40+ euros. I enjoy walking, experiencing the culture and people.

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Rick's Portugal guidebook recommends many single and double rooms at this price in both hotels and quartos in various towns, such as Nazare, Coimbra, Obidos, etc. Those are not specifically village, sea-view apartments, but he does have one listing in Salema that fits the bill quite neatly. I'm confident that you can find some accommodation in your price range. June shouldn't be quite as busy as July or August, but it would still pay to book ahead when you find what you want.

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Sorry, but the places that Laura has recommended don't fit your criteria of a small fishing village. Nazarre and Obidos are overtly touristy (Obidos isn't on the coast) and Coimbra, whilst interesting is a city inland. Salema has been ruined by over-development including a new 110 unit holiday village that opened within the last year and restaurants there are some of the most expensive on the Algarve for what you get.

I stayed in Salema this June and paid $500 a week for a small apartment through Homeaway.

Zambujeira do Mar in the Alentenjo may suit, in addition to the places that Helena has recommended. Car hire is very cheap in Portugal and if you want to get to small villages, this would be the best form of transport, as local bus services can be infrequent, particularly on a Sunday.

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Jennifer, my intention is not to recommend those towns in place of a coastal fishing village (although I enjoyed them) but to point out that Sage's budget should be feasible almost anywhere in Portugal. She just needs to look around.

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Thanks to both of you. And for the clarification. Might add that working with Canadian dollars (add 45%) exacerbates the looking. And have considered waiting and just finding places but that might prove too hectic without a car. Just trying to do a little for the environment by walking and taking transit.