Algarve, Portugal

The next stop is the Algarve coast. First place I visited is Albufeira, possibly the most popular and well known town on the coast. 

What hit me first was how British everything is. All signs in English and full English breakfasts being advertised! 

I set out on a cliff walk but had to pass through old town first. The old winding streets are beautiful but I can’t help feel that the Irish bars take something away from what once would have been a quaint seaside town. 
After I passed through old town I got to a marina with it’s modern looking colourful buildings and many restaurants and bars.

I then reached the walking paths of the coastline. The change in scenery was dramatic! Suddenly everything was rugged and wild. Along the 4 mile route were some absolutely wonderful views of caves and coves and some hidden beaches. 

This walk is not one for sandals, definitely worth wearing trainers or walking shoes. In some areas you do need to climb on all fours so a reasonable fitness level is probably useful too.

In the evening I went to a small restaurant slightly out of town in the hope to get a slightly more authentic feel. I had piri chicken, it was definitely worth a little walk and not eat from one of the overpriced restaurants in the centre of town.

The following day I headed back to the marina to take a two hour boat trip to see dolphins and the caves along the Algarve coast. 
The trip was fabulous, and the views were stunning. We saw wild dolphins swimming out at sea and visited the world famous Benagil cave. 
After the boat trip I had lunch in one of the eateries at the marina. There was definitely more choice down here and it was nice to see not everything was served with chips! 

In the afternoon I chilled in the sun before heading out onto “The Strip” at night. 

I’m not quite sure the best way to describe the strip… But loud is probably a start! 
Hen and stag parties make up a fair percentage of the party goers and the rest are very young on their first holiday! 
I did find a semi quiet place with a live band who were brilliant. Although drinks here are not cheap but many other bars on the strip offer drink deals with free shots etc. 

The next day I relaxed in the sun and made my way along the coast slightly to the smaller town of Carvoeiro. 

Carvoeiro is a quieter town with less English influence. There are plenty of places to eat but it is worth noting not many places accept card here so having euros is necessary. Prices here are noticably cheaper than Albufeira.

In the evening I watched the sun set on the roof of my Villa, beautiful!!

The next day I headed to the nearby beach of Praia de Vale Centeanes to take a trip kayaking the caves. It takes about 2 hours to kayak to the final stop of the Benagil cave. No boats are able to stop inside the cave so the only way to go ashore is by kayak or paddle board. On the way back you get towed by a boat to save your arms.

The afternoon was once again spent relaxing poolside. 

Algarve, Portugal

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- Karen Dawes is 26 years old from Manchester, England. She is an accountant by profession with a passion for travel. She has visited most countries in Europe and is working her way around the rest of the world.