Subject: Portugal
Hello Ziners, We are travelling to Portugal for the first time soon - arriving in Porto on April 4 and then travelling down the coast to Coimbra, Nazare and surroundings, to Evora then Luz on the Algarve where we have rented a townhouse for a week from April 9. We then return to Lisbon for 4 days before flying home from there. My questions are: do we need to reserve accommodation ahead or can we find rooms once there? Has anyone stayed in a pensao or residencial in the city centres of Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon or Evora that they could recommend? We (3 adults) have reserved a car from the Porto airport but wonder what the drive into the city would be like and wonder if it wouldn't be better to go by bus and then train it to Coimbra and pick up a rental car there? We plan to return the rental car on entry to Lisbon and again I wonder about hours of operation since it would be a Saturday afternoon and how easy it would be to find our way in to drop of the car somewhere? Thanks for any information.

Kris toronto