I recently had the pleasure of holidaying in The Algarve, southern Portugal. For 10 days my boyfriend and I soaked up the sun, swam in the Atlantic ocean and ate like Kings and Queens – not to mention daily cocktails and for me anyway, a whole load of shopping in the boutiques. If you want to have a nosey at the jewellery and accessorise I bought, check this post out.
Today I am sharing a few thoughts on our summer holiday, where we stayed, what we did and the general vibe of the place we stayed. If you’re thinking of booking a holiday somewhere sassy, or considering a holiday to Portugal, give this a read and see what you think.
With the power of influencer marketing channelled through social platforms such as Instagram, as well as everybody and their catcalling themselves a ‘wanderlust travel blogger’ – There is far too much emphasis these days to ‘travel’ to exotic and famous Instagram-able destinations, Santorini? LA anyone? It is often just so that somebody can upload a posed picture that’s been recreated a thousand times for likes. Is it Instagramable? Some bloggers aren’t even doing that in today’s world, choosing to instead use photoshop to superimpose an image of themselves in front of a wanderlusty background..but alas I digress and that’s a whole different kettle of fish!.
For a moderate price, we booked flights to Faro and found a charming one bedroom apartment at the Prainha Clube in Alvor. I was super sold on the sound of the cliff top freshwater pool overlooking the crystal clear water and charmingly rugged rocks below. You know when you just get a feeling? Well, I had one and so our holiday to the Algarve was booked around 7 months before we flew out.
The Prainha Club is a large resort which comprises of a hotel and a large village of privately owned whitewashed villas spanning an entire cliff top. Standing on top of the cliff to the backdrop of endless azure water was literally breathtaking. What I also loved about the Prainha Clube was how green it was, lots of lush grass, beautiful pink flowers and palms. The site also included access down the rugged cliff to a gorgeous covey area of Alvor beach, two pools, a well equipped supermarket and 3 restaurants (Highly, highly recommend the Miss Pasta pizzeria!) but not at all impressed by the Atlantic pool bar or the cliff side beach restaurant, Canico, which in theory look gorgeous, but the service was pretty shoddy for one reason or another.
Back to good things Our apartment was super spacious and very charming, featuring a fully equipped kitchen, 1 double bedroom with loads of storage and a huge lounge. We also had a private balcony and gorgeous views over the bay. There was a lot of Moroccan influence in the decor also which I loved. If you stay at Prainha Clube, you are around a 20-25 minute walk into central Alvor, though taxis are only around 3-5 euro and there are bus stops outside.
So why Alvor? Well, I must admit I wasn’t entirely sold on Portugal in the beginning, but my boyfriend suggested that he’d like to visit there and I knew my parents really enjoyed their time there also. Before we booked, wherever I went, whoever I spoke to, Portugal kept coming up time and time again. I had worried it would be too Benidorm-esc – which, if you like that kind of resort and vibe that’s awesome, but for myself, I was looking for something different and definitely not too much like Blackpool in the sun. Right up until the holiday I was concerned I wouldn’t find the historical architecture, the tiny fishing villages, the authentic food and pockets of culture that I’d craved from a holiday. My preconceptions, however, couldn’t have been more wrong!
Whilst Alvor is geared up towards the summer holidaymakers – the entire vibe of the place was perfect! A little bit of everything and definitely not what I expected. As soon as we began exploring Alvor itself and I found myself walking up the tiny, narrow cobbled streets lined with beautiful ceramic tiles and watching the fresh fish being caught by the fisherman – I knew I’d found a lovely place.
Yep, there were some cool aspects of them i.e the beach cave that was surrounded by rock with just a small hole above – but I have seen more interesting caves on my travels. The beach we had a BBQ at was lush and I even launched myself off the side of the Catamaran and swam in freezing cold and extra salty ocean to the shore. The food was delicious too, probably the best beach BBQ i’ve ever had #Bigstatement!
Overall, Alvor was such a beautiful place to visit and I am so glad we chose to go on holiday there. I you’re thinking of visiting, I highly, highly recommend as there is something for everyone, couples, families, you name it! It just goes to show, package holidays can be #Instagramable too!