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How to holiday in the Algarve

Photo art exhibition at the Portimao Museum

Photo art exhibition at the Portimao Museum

Choosing a holiday destination is not just about finding a place to sleep and rest all day, it has also got to include learning something new. Why not? You might as well bask in the sun in your back yard otherwise (except where there is no sun).

I have had bad holidays before, but this time around I had just the right formula to guarantee an excellent and memorable experience.

What to do on a holiday?

1. Take a drive

Vasco da Gama Bridge

Vasco da Gama Bridge

Anywhere you like. Get out of the big city and have a view of the country. Hit those roads, the locals certainly do. If you are not up to it, then take a bus tour. If you have a 2 year old, then hire a car and brave those roads. Here’s the longest bridge in Europe captured on our way out of Lisbon, heading south towards the Algarve. 17km of bridge madness!

2. Visit a museum.

Museu de Portimao

Museu de Portimao

There is no better way to learn about your destination’s culture and history than by going to a museum. We visited Portimao Museum and I have to admit it was not boring at all. Museu de Portimao captures much more than just history. I felt it gave insight into what is at the heart of Portimao and perhaps the rest of Portugal: interior design, graphic arts, architecture, religion and ofcourse a great deal of fish, which leads me to my next point.

3. Eat!

Fish soup

Fish soup

At a tourist destination such as Alvor in the Algarve, you are literally spoiled for choice in places to eat. The first restaurant we tried was Casa Do Rio and we had such a treat that we went back for a second night.

4. GoLearnTo do something!!!!!!

Cooking in the sun

Cooking in the sun

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