The Algarve

The Algarve

12/05/2016 Off By Emma Gray

With its white sandy beaches, cool crashing waves, clear blue skies and beautiful accommodation. It’s not surprising that Portugal’s tranquil Algarve is a most popular destination, for both Portuguese locals and tourists. Last summer when my family decided to spend ten days in sunny Dunas Douradas and I instantaneously jumped at the chance to join them – who says we should grow out of family holidays?

Algarve, Portugal

Day to Day…

Most days in Portugal were spent on the beach soaking up the sun. We would also take kayaks or jet skis deep into the water or lay by the pool with a book and long lunches. By late afternoon when the air began to cool, a game of tennis or a trip to the golf practice range was usually welcomed. The golf courses dotted along the coastline are remarkable. Stretching out onto the infamous red cliffs enjoying the spectacular views of the Atlantic, perhaps the most breathtaking is the San Lorenzo course.

Vilamoura, Portugal

Portuguese Culture

So as to properly experience Portuguese culture, it is definitely worth visiting some of the authentic towns along the coast. Almancil, Lagos and Vilamoura are amongst the most popular. They are home to traditional Portuguese restaurants with fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.

Lagos and Vilamoura come to life in the evening with street dancers, musicians and an array of beautiful stalls. These stalls sell handcrafted gifts, jewellery and souvenirs. There are lively bars and a few clubs for those who wish to carry on their night. If you want to dine on the beach, there is so much choice. Especially in Quinta Do Lago, Dunas Douradas and Val do Lobo. Built into the sand dunes are several rustic looking restaurants serving all sorts of local delicacies from fish to shellfish to steak. For those looking to enjoy a relaxing family or couples break then the Algarve should be top of your list; a true mix of luxury, authenticity and fun.