Portugal. A country I had only visited quickly twice for business. Finally it was time to explore this trending destination a bit more.
First one week at the sunny Algarve Coast followed by 4 days in Lisbon! Fredrik’s mother was celebrating an important birthday and we were up for some true family time, something you truly miss when living abroad.
The Algarve gave us a stunning welcome. Our little AirBnb house, Villa Kelly, turned out to be the perfect spot for some family time. Modern, well planned and with a lovely pool for the sunny days. There was even an Instagramable pink pool flamingo in the package☺!
However, the best part was the location. Just a couple of steps from the wild and rough Atlantic. The beach and nature reminded me a lot of California and our route 1 road trip last year. Wide long beaches, the red/orange soil, the impressive rock formations and the rough sea and waves. Fresh air, salt in your hair, the colors – we loved the days at the beach – even the colder and more windy ones. Our beautiful nature never stops impressing me!
We spent most of the days around the house. It was located in Guia, a relaxed and peaceful part of the beach. So much laughter and fun, so much to catch up upon after months apart. Morning walks or runs along the wooden beach walk and even some yoga by the pool.
We found our favorite lunch place just around the corner – Bellavita. Great food, rose and service and we celebrated the big day with a magic sunset and view at one of the nice beach restaurants, Pedras Amarelas. Evenings like this stay in your memories forever!
Road Tripping – Here We Go!
Coming to new places means so much excitement. What will we see this time, how will this place bee, how are the people here? After two days of family time we all started to get a bit restless. Time for some road tripping! An early and cloudy morning we headed out west -– towards the end of the world. At least the Ancient Greeks thought so!
When reaching Sagres and Cape St Vincent, we had left the clouds behind and the sun was shining. We were met by the deep blue sea smashing the huge rocks and a cute white lighthouse in the background. What can be better than letting your mind travel over the horizon, crossing the never ending sea…
Next stop was Ponta da Piedada, described as one of the most beautiful places at the Algarve Coast and beautiful it was. This is the place for gorgeous views and some of us where more daring than others, climbing the highest rock. At the bottom of the stairs we found some more wonders of the world! However, this is not a place beyond the crowds so wake up early if you want some private time with nature.
Time for Some Village Vibes!
One must see on the Algarve coast is Silves. A true little gem up in the mountains full of the most adorable houses in different colors and with the typical Portuguese tiles. Here life is quiet and peaceful and it is easy to get lost in the myriad of streets for an hour or two.
The most famous landmark is the castle of Silves. All built in red bricks and with a 360 view of the valley.
Another special feature of Silves is the storks. Apparently they have chosen this picturesque village as their favorite nest! I have never seen so many in one place before…
We had such lovely days at the windy Algarve coast, a perfect mix of lazy days by the pool and some adventures. The natural beauty of this coast is something that will stay in my memory for a long time….and I have already put a road trip along the Portuguese Atlantic coast on my travel list.
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