In April if you follow me on my social media accounts, you would have seen stories and images about my relaxing vacation in the beautiful Algarve Coast in Portugal
Portugal is a country within Europe to the west of Spain which took approximately 3 hours to fly there, so wasn’t too far and was a nice easy flight with Easyjet
I flew into Faro airport, Faro being the capital of the Algarve and then got a taxi to the resort
I stayed in a lovely, fully furnished, self catering apartment in Monte Carvoeiro, which is a 4 star resort set about a 15 minute walk to Carvoeiro beach which was perfect, you can see the apartment on my Youtube
The resort as you would expect being a hot climate had it’s own swimming pools, one which was a shallow depth pool, perfect for younger children, not that there were many in our resort despite being the Easter holidays which was surprising
The town which was at the foot of the beach was full of restaurants, bars and eateries
Just what I needed, as even though I was in a self catering apartment I had no intentions of cooking
Being a coastal town fish dishes were specialties on most menus, Seabream and Seabass featured heavily, as well as King Prawns much to my delight
Oh and Gelato shops a plenty!
The Gelato in Portugal was incredible the concoction of flavours they sold were heavenly, who would ever think about making Rice Pudding Gelato?
And who would ever think rice in Gelato would taste so nice?
A Gelato a day keeps the doctor away
Portugal is well know for producing fine red wine, and being a red wine fan I indulged in the odd glass or two I was there, I agree the wine is delicious.
Typically young grapes, fruity and very palatable, what you would expect from hot climate wines and tasted even better locally
Wine was also typically one of the cheapest drinks on the menu, in some places it was more expensive to buy a glass of coke or lemonade than it was a glass of wine. This is because of the import tax they pay which is then passed on to the customers
The beach was set in between 2 mountains, with my resort being at the top of 1 of them
When I say mountains I’m not talking Mount Everest. They were easily walked up and down, and had stairs which were quite easy to power through on the climb back up. They weren’t so easy after a few of glasses of wine though, but taxi’s are readily available in the town and along the beach front to assist
The beach is beautifully pale with very fine sand which made for stunning views. There were an enormous amount of shells and pieces of shells in waves across the sand. Being set in between the mountains the sea made a cove, and a lot of the shells which would have smashed up against the cliffs, washed up on the sand and collected at tidal times
There wasn’t a huge amount of local attractions to visit in Carvoerio town. They mainly consisted of the beautiful beaches, the Lighthouse and the Boardwalk which could all be done in 1 day
Golf courses a plenty though, there are lots of golf courses and golf shops advertised
Lisbon is the capital city, this is where most of the site seeing trips took place
There were companies that put on shuttles to take people to and from the attractions, which at cost, you would be picked up and taken to the attraction at a specific time and then dropped back to your resort after
However, even though I was there at the end of April it was still classed as out-of-season, which meant that there wasn’t enough people wanting to go on the trips for them to warrant running the shuttle service
There were beautiful natural and man made views everywhere it is all very pretty
Also being on the South coast sun rise and sun set something of sheer radiance
A bit of advise to anyone planning to take a trip who hasn’t visited before, the cost of dinning out isn’t particularly cheap in comparison to some other European countries, expect to pay more Euros than you would in say Spain for example
Also, if you have the option to book a shuttle or transfer to or from your resort via your resort try and do that rather than getting a taxi from the airport, I paid nearly double the transfer cost via a metered taxi
Another place ticked off my bucket list now on to the next
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