I would like to share a few of my pictures from Portugal first of all, along with a couple of tips for anyone thinking about travelling to the region...
Above: The main beach in Albufeira and the quieter 'Golden Steps', a mere 4 Euro taxi ride away.
We travelled to Albufeira, a prime tourist destination in the Algarve region of Portugal. The main attraction was the coastline, beaches, restaurants and markets - though if you fancy raving the night away in an Irish pup Albufeira seems to cater to that too. We stayed in a villa so were able to shop at local markets and bring back our own fresh pastries, fruit and fish to cook as well as enjoying a glass of red (or three) up on our roof terrace.
The coastline of Portugal is beautiful, very similar to Cornwall with yellow sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. We spent our days walking along the coastline seeking out quiet beaches, sunbathing, reading, cooking and eating, time well spent if you ask me.
Above: Scenes from the market.
If you're planning a visit I would recommend staying off the beaten track and seeking out small, local restaurants and shops. If you're self catering then a trip to the market is well worth a visit! Stock up on seafood, cured meats, olives, local honey and fresh fruit.
Tomorrow - more!