Perfect Portugal

Kate Moore 28 May 2011
I travelled to Portugal with my husband and my two sons in May this year.

This was my fourth holiday to the Algarve and in particular the resort of Alvor. What a beautiful village, the cobbled stoned streets are full with little shops and restaurants. These restaurants specialise in fish which is locally caught and so fresh. Each restaurant displays their catch of the day and what a variety, some of the fish I have never heard of before!

We stayed at the Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel. This hotel is located overlooking the gorgeous blue flag beach of Alvor. There is a lift or a number of steps that take you directly onto the beach from the hotel. Any time I have been here the beach has been lovely and quiet and not a fast food outlet in sight! Glorious.

Our days were spent between the pool and the beach and a pre dinner strawberry daiquiri in the hotel bar is a must! The sliding doors from the bar open out onto an immaculate garden and the children has a great time climbing trees and cartwheeling into the evening.

One morning it rained so we decided to take a trip to Zoo Marine in Albufeira. The children were amazed by all the different animals and reptiles. The sun came back in the afternoon so back to the beach we went.

There are few excellent restaurants located on the beach in front our the hotel. The children made new friends and happily played in the sand whilst we relaxed and watched from our table. What bliss.

This time we stayed in Alvor for six nights but I have previously spent long weekends here. It is an ideal place for a short break as the flight is only 2hrs 30mins from Cork and the cost of living is considerably less than in Ireland.

I love the pace of life in the Algarve and will return year after year to the beautiful beaches and delicious fish.

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