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 food to offer especially being so close to the ocean. You can indulge in amazing seafood 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 ever 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 meal.
The Algarve is filled with great places to have a drink and admire beautiful views. The Tivoli Carvoeiro is tucked away in a rock cove overlooking the ocean. What a way to enjoy a cold one hey!
If you are a wine drinker then try some of the Portuguese local wines. I was loving the Casal Mendes Rose ( quite like a Mateus) and at €2.99 a bottle in supermarkets you can’t really go wrong.
Have you been to the Algarve? What are your top tips?
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