Wanderlust Wednesday: Albufeira, Portugal

Wanderlust Wednesday: Albufeira, Portugal

I recently stumbled upon an old folder with all of my photos I took in Portugal when I visited the Algarve a few years back with some close friends. Even though these photos were taken years ago, and my photography skills have improved (or so I hope), it would be a waste not to give this place a mention in my Wanderlust Wednesday series. It is, after all, a wonderful place which is very travel worthy.

Albufeira is a beach city located in southern Portugal, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean (not to be confused with the Mediterranean Sea, which is much much warmer.) This popular holiday destination has something on offer for everyone; beautiful beaches, boat trips, plenty of unique restaurants, and a nightlife strip. It’s a great place for a vacation with friends if you enjoy a boozey night out, but in moderation. There are many busy bars and clubs on the strip, as well as great cafes for when you have to nurse that hangover the following day. Then there is Old Town with its lovely cobbled streets and markets. There are also plenty of restaurants here, too. The beaches are long and sandy with plenty going on. You can take a peaceful boat trip around the Algarve, or choose from a variety of fun water sports. We did a morning boat trip which took us to a private beach for a BBQ. Oh how I wish right now I was laying on that beach shoving a burger into my face. It really was a treat.

One of my favourite things about going on vacation is eating at a different restaurant every night. The excitement of wandering around a foreign place choosing where to eat is real. I am far from a fussy eater and can enjoy many different cuisines, something Portugal isn’t short of. We ate a delicious curry, an all you can eat Chinese buffet, full English breakfasts, pastas, everything. My favourite restaurant was the Sizzling Stone, a stone grill restaurant where your meat comes out on a hot stone and you wait for it to cook. A great place to order steak and cook it to your exact preference. This place is close to the sea so we enjoyed an evening stroll watching the sun set at Praia da Oura beach.

Writing this post has got me planning my summer holidays. It has been too long since I’ve relaxed on a European beach, drank too many mojitos, fallen asleep, and woken up resembling a lobster. That did happen. It was sore. Also, pouring greek yogurt over your burnt naked body does not help.

Albufeira, Portugal in photos

(please don’t judge that a) my photos are not that great – I took these on my old camera when I was still learning and b) I have awful hair.)

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