The first foreign holiday I ever went on was a holiday to the Algarve when I was 14 years old. Yes, that was a while ago before the place became cool. But when I was there, there were some amazing sights to see. In the last few years, the Algarve has seen a spike in interest as people seek out underrated and underappreciated parts of the globe.
It shouldn’t be surprising that the beaches on the coast of the Algarve are beautiful. And there are so many to choose from! Beaches can stretch for miles and miles giving you the chance to take plenty of Insta-worthy pictures that will make anyone jealous. The beaches of the Algarve are pretty untouched and the water of the sea has so many different shades of blue. It shouldn’t be surprising that the water is warm with the beaches being on the south side of the country. One of the best things about the location of the Algarve is the Atlantic Ocean which can bring pods of dolphins for your viewing pleasure.
When I visited many moons ago, the hotel experience I had really put me off. The hotel we stayed in was dirty and was not what we expected. I can still remember my mum sobbing when she opened the door of the hotel room. That was 20 years ago since then there has been a massive improvement in the facilities. There are still some which are not great to look at, but there are others that have beautiful gardens and views to die for. I’m not sure what my parents budget was but there are loads of different options for booking a hotel including https://www.holidaygems.co.uk/cheap-holidays. There are plenty of luxury hotels and Michelin restaurants to indulge in traditional cuisine. A good lot of the seafood will have been caught fresh from the sea that morning by the locals.
What is the point of travelling if you don’t explore the local history? Portugal has a long history and parts of the country can be traced back to the Arab settlements, other places can be traced to the 15th when the age of discovery began. Parts of the country are still untouched by modern life and everything revolves around the seasons. Did you that Portugal was one of the first Catholic countries after the Roman Empire fell? And the country has had (roughly) the same borders since the 13th century. All over the countryside, there are still plenty of historic sites to see, including the old castles that were built to protect the country from Spanish invaders.
It’s not all adult fun and relaxing, there is stuff for the family to do too. Just outside of Albufeira, there is a water park that is a massive hit with the kids. And remember how I mentioned dolphins earlier? You don’t have to stand on the beach and watch them swim by, although you can if you want. But you can book a tour and get up close to the friendly little guys. But if you don’t fancy hanging off the side of a boat, you can take a jet-ski out there and get really close. But if you fancy something that doesn’t involve the ocean, there is mini golf, go-karting or treetop adventures which are very similar to the experiences you can get in Britain.