I think spring might just be the best time of year to visit Portugal’s Algarve region. Why? Well, the weather is so much better than in the UK (I have fresh tan lines to prove it!), the flowers and trees are beginning to blossom creating some wonderful colours and, best of all, there aren’t as many tourists as in the busy summer months.
The Algarve is blessed with miles upon miles of beautiful, unspoiled beaches and at this time of year I found them all but deserted. Quiet beaches are the best for getting a healthy dose of vitamin D while strolling along the beach, dipping your toes in the water and not having to worry about stepping on anyones sandcastles.
Beach at Vale de Lobo
I stayed in chic Vilamoura which was busy with groups of golfers attracted to the multitude of beautiful golf courses nearby such as Vale de Lobo, Quinta do Lago and San Lorenzo. Despite not being a golfer I enjoyed a lovely lunch on the deck of the Quinta do Lago clubhouse overlooking the golf course and watching the golfers tee off on the first hole of Quinta do Lago South course.
Vilamoura itself has a beautiful, uninterrupted beach with some beach bars with stunning views out over the water. There is also a lovely marina filled with opulent and expensive boats. The marina is lined with boutique shops, restaurants and bars, many of which have decking overlooking the water and I loved sitting there with a drink in hand gazing out over the water and watching people pass by around me.
My favourite time was at sunset as I loved watching the sun sink behind the boats in the distance creating vibrant colours in the clear sky. Bliss.
Sunset over Vilamoura Marina
We had lovely meals in three of the restaurants that line the marina- Il Lamparo, The Mayflower, and my favourite, Prime. It was sadly a little too chilly at night to eat on the deck next to the water, but I imagine in summer it would be amazing.
Vilamoura is filled with lovely hotels and I stayed at Dom Pedro Golf which had a gorgeous pool and a great bar area which was prefect for a nightcap. The view from my balcony was gorgeous, looking out over the casino and towards the sea. I definitely recommend this hotel it if you’re heading to Vilamoura.
It was tough waking up to this view in the morning!
The Algarve is the perfect place to spend a relaxing few days enjoying the spring sunshine. The beaches, friendly locals, great restaurants and close proximity to the UK means it’s an ideal place to escape and recharge your batteries after a long British winter.