Here’s a photo recap of a recent trip to the Algarve in Portugal. It was a short stay – just 5 nights but it was great to get away before the winter sets in in Ireland and I must say that the Algarve is a stunning part of the world. I would definitely go back to spend more time there and explore the other towns and beaches that we didn’t have time to see.
We stayed in Praia da Rocha for 5 nights – enjoying the spectacular beaches and from this spot we were able to do day trips to Carvoeiro and Lagos.
Lagos was our first day trip and what a gorgeous town! The historic centre of Lagos is full of white- washed buildings on winding streets, where you can eat al fresco for super cheap. This historic centre is also home to the Church of San Antonio which is worth a visit. Lagos has some amazing beaches to discover; Praia da Batata, Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo.
Carvoeiro, a small fishing village to the east of Lagos (and east of Praia da Rocha also) was our pick for another day trip mainly because I was dying to see Benagil sea cave. However the day we went there was very windy and so the sea was quite stormy and the boats weren’t running the tour. It was a bit disappointing but there was a spectacular cliff walk leading out from the town to enjoy, which led us randomly to a bar in the middle of the sandstone cliffs. Couldn’t complain really and the beer was super cheap 😉
And there you have it – highly recommend a short holiday in the Algarve. If I was going back I would probably rent a car, as the cost of taking cabs/buses to see nearby towns can add up. Other than that food and drink is really cheap and if you want good weather advisable to go between May -Sept.