It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post and as much as I love to write about my photography work, I also love to share my travels. So last year, it was my sister-in-laws 40th birthday and to make the birthday a nice one to remember, a trip to Portugal was booked. I’ve never been to Portugal and as my daughter had visited the year before, it was suggested as somewhere to go as it would be warm for that time of year and it was a place that my sister-in-law hadn’t visited either and it was after all her 40th birthday. Destination decided, we now needed a place to stay. We chose Albufeira because it is really nice with it’s old churches, cobbled streets and Marina and has a little something for those that enjoy holidaying in a main town with some nightlife.
We stayed in an apartment booked through Air BnB which was located a short walk from the Old Town market square. It was really lovely with the whole trip costing no more than £113.00 each inclusive of our flights with Ryan Air. For a short break away that was a bargain and we got sunshine! We enjoyed Cocktails by the beach, a little shopping, a boat trip along the Algarve coastline and just chilling out really. I took my newly acquired little Fuji X-T10 with me and I love that little camera. I can never go anywhere and not take a camera with me. The Marina is certainly one to visit with its coloured apartments, select bars and restaurants offering traditional Portuguese food and Paella along with good ole food from many a region across the seas. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing time away, Old Town Albufeira as pretty as it is, it certainly comes to life in the evening and can be a little noisy so might not be what you want for a longer break away. There are plenty of bars from the usual holiday establishments to very quaint cocktail bars overlooking the sea and situated in the quieter part of the town.
Tuc Tucs are available to take you wherever. We never ventured into the New Town so I never got to see that part but I was only there for four days yes I had a really lovely time. I would go back here again, I’d give the nightclubbing a miss as is just not for me but there is more to see and do in the evening with beautiful bars and restaurants. There’s nothing better than sitting out on the Terrace gazing at the stars, listening to the sea and forgetting the music, with a drink of some good ole Sangria, Port or a cocktail or two.