10 Things to DO/EAT/SEE: Algarve, Portugal

I went to Portugal in October/November time, and am finally getting round to doing my travel post for this trip! It was an amazing trip, one of my favourite holidays, and we were incredibly lucky with the weather for October - it was mostly really warm and sunny (I tanned!), although October time is usually rainy FYI. We're not surfers, so this is more things to do if you're not surfing, however the Algarve is a fantastic place to surf if you're into that!

But anyway, here are 10 things that you can do or eat or see in the Algarve:

1: See quiet, cliff-enclosed beaches
The little beaches we found by just driving down dirt roads heading towards the sea were some of the lovliest beaches, each with its own little cafe which served good lunchtime food.

2): Eat Pastel de Nata
These are the amazing Portuguese Custard Tarts which are super yummy, and I cannot wait to go to the Cafe specifically making these in London! I was addicted!

3: See Carvoeiro Town
This was the closest tourist town to where we were staying, and despite claims that it was very tacky, we loved this town, and its beach was so sandy and clear.

4: Eat at The Carvoeiro Tandoori
There isn't a lot of choice for food on the Algarve - it's either Portuguese traditional or Western food; we decided for a change one night to try this inexpensive curry house, yet it was so tasty and cush a good deal that we returned on the last night! Not very adventurous, but if you're looking for something different, a good option.

5: See the Sunset at The End of the World
The end-most point of the Algarve coastline (I think) where we saw the most epic sunset! It was absolutely gorgeous to watch the red sky and to take that amazing photo on my instagram (@hi_lizziep)

6: Eat Ice Creams in Carvoeiro
There is a fab ice cream parlour just behind the Tourist Information in Carvoeiro that sells ice creams in a huge cone WITH WHIPPED CREAM. Again, see my instagram for the evidence.

7: Shop in Portimao
If you're looking to do some shopping that's not tourist tat, Portimao has a great shopping centre with a Primark! It's a big town, so you can go to a supermarket to buy some food treats to take home (or a pastel de nata!).

8: Eat at Restaurant Boia, Salema
Salema seafront was just beautiful, and this small restaurant served great lunch food - sandwiches, toasties and nice food for a smaller meal.

9: See Silves
Silves town was absolutely stunning, and the castle is beautiful! It's an older town, but the little streets provide a great setting for feeling very much like a lost tourist - quite brilliant, and a lot of parking. We went to a great fish restaurant here in one of the back streets which was quite lovely also.

10: Buy some pottery
Porches Pottery is one of many places where they sell the traditional Portuguese painted pottery - even if it's just a coaster, a piece of the brightly coloured pottery is the best kind of souvenier from this part of the world.

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