Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while will know how much I love Portugal, especially The Algarve region. It’s a place I’ve visited dozens of times and have been six times within the last 2 and a half years. But, just recently I visited The Algarve region twice within just a month – that’s a lot even for me!

So, why was I there twice within one month?

Well, my first visit saw me flying out to Portugal to join Thomas for a holiday after he’d finished a golfing trip there with the guys. We had an amazing week together in the sun and expected that to be our last trip to The Algarve for 2018.
visiting portugal

We were wrong. Just a few days after returning home we were already looking at flights to go back. Yay! 

The reason we were looking to return so soon was because my dad was considering buying a timeshare there. He loves the area as it’s perfect for golf and he, my brother Iain and Thomas all love the courses there. He also enjoys the sunshine, the laid-back lifestyle and the resort that he’d found. 

After spotting a three bedroom villa with it’s own pool on a timeshare deal he was really keen. He went to look at it when the guys were in Portugal on their golfing trip and my mum, my brother’s fiancee Michelle and I were quickly sent dozens of photos of the villa and surrounds. It looked gorgeous and we were more than happy for him to proceed.
visiting portugal, the shack quinta But, he was insistent we all go to see it together to make sure we were all happy with it. Any excuse for a jolly! 

So, we all (minus Michelle as she couldn’t get the time off work) headed back to Portugal for a flying visit to view the villa before he made his final decision. In the end we were so glad we went to see it, as the pictures absolutely didn’t do it justice! The villa itself has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large outdoor area with a pool and BBQ. It looks out onto a golf course and is wonderfully peaceful. Within the resort itself there are indoor and outdoor pools, two restaurants and a chic bar.
visiting portugal

The resort is also close to some of our favourite places in the area. It’s located in Quinta do Lago and isn’t far to Vilamoura, Albufeira, Vale do Lobo, Faro and more. It’s so easy to drive in this part of Portugal, so everywhere is really accessible.

So, now my dad has signed on the dotted line I’m so excited to have a bolthole for part of the year in one of my favourite places! He’s very generously taken it and wants all the family to use it, starting next year. There won’t be any issue with that! I can already picture Michelle lying by the pool, Iain whipping up dinner on the BBQ and the boys discussing when they’ll be playing golf. There’ll be visits to our favourite towns nearby, dinners in our favourite restaurants in the area and the chance to discover many more too. Bliss!