Thursday, 15 June 2017

What To Do? - PORTUGAL

So, as this is my first post, I thought I would keep the topic close to my heart. Portugal. The country I lived and breathed in for the majority of my childhood, and fall more and more in love with every time I visit. Over the last few years the sandy beaches have become a popular holiday destination for all ages, attracting everyone from young families to savvy students, it really is one of the most diverse holiday destinations of the decade.
Now enough waffling (prime suspect right here…), here are my top five infamous things to do in Portugal…

Number 1 – Beaches
Now, this may be a given, but if you visit Portugal, you must go and spend at least an afternoon on one of the beaches. With over 600 miles of coastline, there are hundreds of beaches fit for any activity. Whether you’re a sun-lounger, surfer or keen on watersports, there is something for you. I grew up on the Algarve beaches, such as Marias and Julias, however some of the more popular ones are Praia de Rocha and Praia da Bordeira.

Number 2 – Pastel De Natas
Pastry + Custard = Enough said!

Number 3 – Beach Rides
Whether you’re a regular ‘horsey person’ or not, you have to experience the thrill of galloping across beaches and sand dunes in the beautiful sunshine. There are many places you can do this, but I would personally recommend Pinetrees, situated just outside Almancil in the Algarve (South). As a child I practically learnt to walk and talk sat on a horse and Pinetrees not only taught me, but also my best friend and my mum how to ride, and have looked after me ever since. They offer rides out for all abilities, from half an hour walks down to the beach to two and a half hour sunset and full moon hacks – so yes, your dad really can join in!

Number 4 – Lisbons Time Out Market
One for all you foodies out there! If you are staying in Lisbon you don’t want to miss this! Basically, its a collection of restaurants, food stalls, shops and bars that serve a variety of street food with a large hall in the middle of Lisbon. They also host lots of live music concerts for local musicians. Seriously, you’ve got to give it a go! Think Brixton Market in the sunshine!

Number 5 – Beach Bars
Whether it’s during or après beach, the beach bars are the party central of Portugal. My current favourites are Izzys Beach bar and The Beach Bar down at the centre in Vale Do Lobo. With their cool and relaxed vibes, they are more suited to the younger holiday makers, but do occasionally have live bands on suitable for all ages. So go on, have a drink on me!
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed my top 5 round up of things to do in Portugal, thank you for stopping by and Happy Holiday-ing!
Lots of Love, Katie xo
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