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Easter in the Algarve

Short and sweet trip along the southern Portuguese coast. Our focus was on finding beautiful beaches and the best custard tarts (Pastel de Nata)!

by hattiesworldAbout Me:From London, never in London read more

EuropePortugal5 days / April 2022

Highs & Lows

The sunsets were magical

The sea was freezing (this is a highlight or a lowlight depending on what you love!)

Itinerary Overview

We took the bus from Seville across the border with Portugal and straight to Lagos. The bus ride was fairly long and not particularly comfortable but very manageable and cheap. We did not book a return bus which was half a mistake and half an adventure. We planned to find a Blabla car to take us home but unfortunately they were all fully booked. Luckily for us there was someone driving our same route home afterwards!
 

Before taking the trip we had not planned much as we were originally supposed to be going to Morocco however COVID testing disrupted our plan. So we went in knowing very little and just hoping for a lovely holiday. 

Would definitely recommend doing a trip along the Algarve, it is a beautiful area with stunning hikes and beaches. However, there are places that get especially over packed and therefore more expensive especially in summer so timing is everything and prepare yourself for beach crowds. 

  • 3 Nights: Lagos
  • 2 Nights: Sagres

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Would have brought less stuff and hiked more! There are some great hikes in which you can go from coastal town to coastal town without the need for buses. But obviously for this type of activity you need to make sure you back light and don’t buy bottles of wine at a tasting event…

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Plan out transport well. Maybe this should have been obvious to us but in Spain we were so used to getting blabla cars easily and cheaply it came as a surprise that they booked up so quickly in Portugal.

  • Packing tips?

    If you are going in Spring like we did, pack for every weather. It’s freezing at night and there is such a bitter wind but during the daytime is great sunbathing weather.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Don’t rely on BlaBla car too much in Portugal. Use buses. They are cheap and usually very reliable.

  • Any surprises?

    Portugal had strict COVID protocol so make sure you check the rules before booking anything.

Lodging

  • Banana Beach House Lagos, very social hostel. Most nights everyone has a few drinks together outside and it is perfect if you want to do surfing - no matter what your level is. However, it is a little out of town, so if you would rather be more in the centre of things then its not the one for you.

  • The Lighthouse Hostel. If it wasn’t for the fact that you share a dorm room with strangers, this hostel would be considered more of a highly rated hotel. The hostel is lovely and very clean. There is a big swimming pool at the front which wasn’t very used when we were there due to the time of year. There is a great BBQ area where you can cook and some lovely outdoor tables to enjoy. There is also a rooftop yoga class on some days.