I seem to have been a late starter visiting this amazing place and first visited on our honeymoon in 2014. I fell in love with it instantly. Our days were spent hopping around the amazing Ria Formosa, a natural park made up of lagoons and islands.
I freely admit I am a true beach bum, and the beaches on these islands are breath-taking. I think they are made even more magical by having to jump on a small fishing boat to get to them, it feels like you are leaving the world behind.
Further down the coast is Ohlos De Agua is another fantastic beach, walking down the pine clad staircase, the views are to die for and the excitement of getting to the perfect sands just grows and grows. Then flip flops off and one of my favourite feelings, sand between my toes. Yes, it is busier than The Ria Formosa, however, that comes with its own benefits, amazing beach front bars serving fantastic Mojitos.
I am a real foodie and can’t wait to try out local restaurants. Casa Corvo in the wonderful fishing town of Fuseta is truly unique seafood BBQ experience. It has rustic charm but I have to say the fish is some of the best I have ever eaten. You pick from the local catch, add chips, salad and a glass or two of Vino Verde and there you have an amazing meal, great atmosphere and best of all it’s incredibly well priced.
Back in Ohlos de Agua at the end of the boardwalk set on stilts above the beach is the El Dolfino. A traditional restaurant, a firm favourite with my daughter Holly because of it “world class” spaghetti bolognaise. Nick and I love its breath taking views, the down to earth waiters and its delicious prawn and butter bean stew. What a place to sit and watch the sun set over the Atlantic and listen to the waves lapping over the sand – it’s just so romantic.
When I haven’t got a cocktail in hand, sunbathing or eating we hit the road and explore.
Faro is so underrated. The city boasts beautifully kept parks, churches, galleries, a beautiful marina and a fantastic walled old town full of quirky shops and outdoor cafes. It is definitely worth a day trip.
Famous for its Saturday market Loule is a must. It was so interesting finding out about its history by exploring the castle ruins and museums, then visiting the tiny chapel with its amazing alter. There was so much more to this town than expected, it is so pretty and unique, I can’t wait to go back.
So, I hope that I have inspired you to give this wonderful region a try. It really is a destination for all.
Thanks for reading.