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Monday, 21 July 2014

Portugal, Parasailing and Perfect Weather!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently life has been very busy and I have been very useless at documenting it! But we do have lots of excitement coming up as we'll be blogging our interrailing trip around Europe - yay! More on that in a bit but firstly a couple of weeks ago now I had a LOVELY relaxing holiday in Portugal and so I thought I would do a little post about it. This is actually the second time I've been to Portugal... and not only to Portugal but to the same resort, same hotel and with the same people. One evening we were reminiscing over all the fun we had had the last time we went, wind forward five minutes we'd been on Expedia, found a great deal and booked it. RISKY MOVE. There is always the worry when you've been somewhere before that it won't live up to your expectations/ memories but thankfully this was not at all the case with Albufeira. I actually can't recommend the place enough so here's a post on all the great things that we did this time and what the area has to offer. Read more... 

Firstly our hotel was brilliant (both times) we were in different apartments each time and I don't actually have a photograph of this years apart from this one above of the balcony... and really you can't see that. We stayed in the Clube Praia da Oura apartments and they really are great. While this year we didn't have quite the same view as last time and the balcony barely squeezed us all on the actual apartment itself was probably slightly better placed for getting to the shops. Both apartments we stayed in were spacious and brilliant value for money. The hotel has a pool and bar as well as a great restaurant and is in a prime location.

The hotel is literally on the beach, you can see the sea in the photo and it takes less than five minutes to get there from the apartments. It is also under five minutes to walk to the strip (nice & safe walk in the dark too if you were wondering) and about a five minute taxi to the old town which is really cheap and the old town is full of cute little shops, another great beach and more restaurants. 

The beaches are gorgeous, we took a trip out to a couple of new ones this year and they were really pretty, I would recommend the beach in the old town as it has plenty of space, loads of places to eat nearby and an endless supply of water based activities if you wished to take part. Or if you are looking for something slightly quieter we took a trip a bit further out to a beach called praia da falesia this was really pretty and a lot quieter, the sea here was stunning and there was a nice little shop at the top of the hill where you could buy lunch/ ice creams. 

In terms of what there is to do in the day, I am not one of those people who can just sit still on a beach all day. I don't think any one was able to get through their whole book without me bugging them to jump in the sea or play a game of bat and ball but OH WELL. If you're like me and need something a little bit more than just sun to entertain you then don't you worry there is plenty to do. The old town is great for a bit of culture lots of little cobbled streets with clusters of stalls everywhere. There are also lots of opportunities for excursions, day trips out to the surrounding towns and water parks. We chose to go on a dolphin & cave boat trip. Unfortunately it was not the right time of year for dolphins.. or caves as it turned out, but it was still a good day out!

There's also the opportunity to do every possible kind of water sport so a couple of years ago we chose to go on the UFO, a little warning to anyone thinking about this there will be A LOT of water and it will be in your face. 

And this year 

Parasailing was AMAZING and totally not scary... unless you're scared of heights, but going up and down was really gentle and the views were amazing. JUST DO IT!

On top of this the old town seems to be a bit of a hot spot for festivals. This year the beer festival was just starting as we were leaving and last time we came there was a great festival with live bands and stalls here are some piccys

So that's the daytime, what about at night? You guessed it.. still brill. 
The strip is full of great bars/clubs the music is all chart stuff that you will 100% know all the words too. There are loads of deals, a rodeo bull, and a ton of Irish people - what more could you ask for?

We had a great time, and I love the resort! If you fancy giving Albufeira a go you can find our hotel on Expedia here

Have you been away recently or recommend anywhere we could visit next? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. It looks like you had such an amazing time! I would love to make it to Portugal at some point...the weather looks incredible and who doesn't love a lazy day on the beach? And the nightlife? Looks awesome :) Ever thought of learning Portuguese??
    ~ Samantha

    1. Thanks, yeah I really recommend it if you have the time :). I haven't, languages are not my strong point! But it would be soooo useful!xx