Getting There & About
The flight time from the UK (London) To Portugal (Faro) is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes. Flight prices can be relatively cheap; I paid £175 return for my flight (Ryanair) at the beginning of September. If you are visiting the Algarve then you will more than likely fly into Faro airport.
I would suggest renting a car to get out and about while in the Algarve. I went with Auto Click Rental Cars which was reasonably priced; I didn’t go with the insurance Auto Click offered as it worked out cheaper to find your own. I think all in all it worked out to be around £200 for both the car and insurance for 10 days.
Portugal has a European climate meaning summer generally falls May-September. Going in September (the end of summer) meant I did have some overcast days and the nights could get quite chilly. But generally the weather was still hot and dry.
What to see, Where to go
Being a beach baby means finding my way to the ocean is my first priority. The Algarve has some wonderful beaches along the coast such as Praia Da Marinha , Alvor Beach and Praia Do Camilo. There are also some great boat tours and kayak excursion to explore the caves and grottoes along the coast .
Other places worth visiting are towns such a Portimão for shopping, Carvoeiro, and Ferragudo. There are also a few water parks scattered about the Algarve if you fancy spending the day there (park openings will depend on the time of year)
Food & Drink:
Portugal has some mouth-watering foodto offer specially being so close to the ocean. You can indulge in amazing sea food such as king prawns , Salmon, Octopus, you name it.
I have one of the best steaks of my life at Fim Do Mundo in Ferragudo. It’s was literally the size of my arm and tasted way to perfect that I don’t think I will every have a steak as good as that again!
If you had the option of self-catering then I was highly recommend visiting Apolonia Supermarket where you can buy yourself ready made BBQ skewers and meats. This works out as a money saver while still having a delicious meals.
The Algarve is filled with great places to have a drink and admire beautiful views. The Tivoli Carvoeiro is tucked away in a rock cover overlooking the ocean. What a way to enjoy a cold one hey!
If you are a wine drinker then try some of Portuguese local wines. I was loving the Casal Mendes Rose ( quite like a Mateus) and at €2.99 a bottle in super markets you can’t really go wrong.
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Have you been to the Algarve? What are your top tips?