The Algarve is situated in the southernmost region of continental Portugal. It is famous for beautiful coastline, sandy/golden beaches, breathtaking cliffs, hidden caves, scalloped bays and fantastic sunny weather. It is perfect destination for family holidays!
We arrived in Faro (capital of Algarve) in the evening and directly went to pick up our car from the airport. We often do car hire on holidays. It is a very convenient way of travelling/sightseeing with kid. You are the boss. You plan your whole trip- where to go, when to stop and what to eat. Having 20 months old baby makes holiday a bit different 🙂 You have to be prepared for sudden changes in plan or unexpected delays.
Fabi wasn’t happy at all in his new car seat and new car. He was tired and everything around was new to him. We stayed in Quarteira- around 30 minutes away from airport (by car). It’s better to forget that evening journey to hotel. It was a disaster. However, over the next few days Fabi was extremely happy and cheerful. It means we all enjoyed a lot and we can honestly say- it was definitely worth coming to the Algarve! 🙂
We went there in the end of November. Weather was still fantastic (19-23 degrees during the day and around 15 degrees at night). Nonetheless, the number of tourists wasn’t high. I am sure it looks completely different during summer months. We chose purposely holidays in November, to avoid crowds and queues.
This is early morning view from our balcony- so beautiful, so quiet…
It’s a lovely part of the Algarve. You can find here sandy beaches, a great promanade along the beach side, many restaurants/shops (including Lidl/Intermarche etc, so you can save a lot of money on food and other items) and hotels. I do recommend sea view hotels- you won’t regret!
At that time, Fabi was bit scared of sea and didn’t like walking barefoot on the sand.
We stayed in Dom Jose Beach Hotel. I can strongly recommend this place. Hotel had everything we needed. Food was tasty with variety of things to choose. Prices at the bar (for snacks/drinks/coffee) didnt disappoint at all. Staff was very helpful and always nice. They did for us many favours which they didn’t have to at all. Example-The evening we arrived Fabi was really cranky, crying. We placed a quick order for milk and food at the bar. I was expecting a call to room to pick up our food, but instead one of the waiters brought us everything upstairs (although there was no room service that evening). He said we looked really tired and our child wasn’t in good mood, so he just wanted to make our life easier. How sweet! 🙂
It’s a hot spot for tourists- much more dynamic place than Quarteira. You can find here luxurious hotels, have a cruise on elegant yacht, play in posh casino, spend some time golfing in top-notch golf courses or enjoy vibrant nightlife .There are also amusement and theme parks perfect for a family day out.
Faro is capital of the Algarve. It is very different from other resort towns in this region. I would say Faro is the most Portuguese place in the Algarve. It has a very dintinctive, local atmosphere. I wish we could spend more time over here.
We have started our sightseeing from city centre: MARINA de FARO and JARDIM MANUEL BIVAR (gardens).
Next, we went to explore OLD TOWN and FARO CATHEDRAL.
Look at these oranges hanging from the tree! I got so excited 🙂
In the next post about the Algarve I will show you what this region is famous for- breathtaking views of cliffs, bays, caves and beaches. But I warn you now- you might fall in love with the Algarve and book your tickets there within few minutes 🙂
See you soon 🙂