Vilamoura, the Algarve

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This doesn’t do it justice, sand as far as the eye can see.

For half term in October we went to Vilamoura in Portugal. I had never been to Portugal before and didn’t know what to expect. I was chasing the last of the sunshine for the year and I was not disappointed.   Most days we played in the sea whilst the locals were dressed in fur coats so I guess it’s all relative but from the weather we had left behind, autumnal stormy days with friends news feeds being full of picture of frozen car windscreens, this was pretty lovely.

How high can you jump?  We had lots of fun filming this in slow motion.

This holiday was a girls holiday – I am extremely lucky to have all the school holidays off and my husband gets the normal holiday allocation so I went with my daughter and mum. By the second day we had decided that we were going to come back in August next year as a family holiday.  The flights are really frequent and inexpensive so for us it is going to be a really reasonable family holiday.

The beaches were both really quiet in October.  I think the locals thought we were crazy.

We had a really relaxing holiday. We spent most of the days on the beach and the evenings sat around the marina enjoying the views.  We also did a day trip to Saville which I have written about in a separate post.  I liked that you could make the holiday as busy or relaxing as you want.  The area was incredibly clean,  it also felt really safe being out in the evenings and it is somewhere I would feel safe going on my own in the future.  There were several golf courses and trips out on boats as well as a water park within walking distance that I hope to explore in the summer.

The beaches were phenomenal.  There are two, one either side of the marina.  The water in October was warm enough to swim in and I am assured that Portugal benefits from year round sunshine.

If you want a delicious lunch with this view I can not recommend La Creperie highly enough.

We found the prices of food and drink to be really reasonable.  We mainly ate out and comparatively with Greece and Tenerife it was better value for money.

Beautiful views.

The Marina is lovely, as we walked down a small street we seemed to arrive all of a sudden and it really was a wow moment.  I didn’t know much about Vilamoura before the trip and certainly wasn’t expecting it to look so wonderful.  Around the Marina are lots of shops, places to eat and drink and generally enjoy the calm whilst watching the sea.  What could be more perfect?

The shopping was good, mostly local shops.

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