The sun is shining, you lie on the beach and look at the ocean. All you hear is the waves hitting the shore and birds singing. As for me, this is what paradise should look like…

fot. Barbara Bączek

Such a paradise exists in Portugal and I have just spent one week there. It is the Algarve – a region known from its beautiful beaches, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. Praia do Pinhão, Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo – these are only some of the wonderful places that you can find in Lagos, a city outlying about 1.5 hour by bus or train from Faro. If you want to see all of them, you have to be prepared to go down and up stairways many times, because there is no easy way of connecting the beaches. But the views are worth it!

The other place you have to visit in Algarve is Cabo de São Vicente – the most southwesterly extremity of Europe. You can go there by bus or take about a 5-km walk from Sagres. It is tiring, of course, but I think you will be really proud of yourself when you get to the final destination – I was J Just don’t forget about some protection from the sun and from the wind as both of them are really strong here.

Probably you are wondering what is the best month to travel to the Algarve? For me May was perfect – it was warm but not too hot, there were not so many tourists and you could do almost everything you want to – walk, swim, sunbathe, surf, admire the views, even play golf (there are many golf courses in this area). You should also try some local specialties such as grilled sardines, pastel de nata or the local vinho verde wine.

To sum up, are there any minuses to spending your holidays in Algarve? I found just one – my holidays lasted only one week, and one week in the paradise is definitely not enough…


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