Hola. It has been about 600 years since I last wrote a blog post. I’ve been super busy with college and to be quite honest I just couldn’t be bothered writing. But I’m finally finished for the summer and feeling refreshed having just got back from a holiday in Portugal.
I was with my boyfriend and we stayed in Praia da Rocha in the Algarve for 10 days. I’m so happy I got to go there because it’s been on my travel list for such a long time.
We spent our first day in Praia da Rocha walking around and sunbathing at the beach before hitting the hay after our early morning flight. We stayed at Flor da Rocha which was an absolutely amazing apartment for the price we paid (€25 a night).
The next day we headed to Lisbon by train which was a fun experience (although quite the journey). We passed Pragal on the way there too, which is where my boyfriend grew up, so that was really cool to see.
We stayed at Hotel Lisboa which is right by Avenida da Liberdade and close to Rossio Square. Once we’d dropped our bags we went for a buffet lunch at Jardim dos Sentidos which was a total hippy free-love kinda place where we sat outside in a big tent. Delicious none-the-less.
We had planned to spend the night being all fancy at the rooftop bars but that plan was quickly binned when we realised nobody goes out on a Wednesday night in Lisbon. We were the only ones there and there was no atmosphere at all so we left and went to a cosy little cocktail bar called CINCO lounge instead. Their menu was really weird (spinach cocktails) but our drinks were fab and the vibe was chilled.
The next day we spent the day wandering around Belem which is an area in Lisbon with lots of history. It was so beautiful. And hot.
Returning to Praia da Rocha after our Lisbon trip, we were exhausted (PS. we had nowhere near enough time to see everything in Lisbon… go for longer). We spent the next few days just beaching, napping and eating. I found a fab health cafe called Superjuice which sells the best smoothies, salads and healthy baked goods.
We also frequented the supermarkets Continente and Jumbo which were slightly further away but much cheaper than the ones at the beach. Also- can I just mention that the mangoes in Portugal are SO DELICIOUS. We ate one every day and made an amazing mango sticky rice one night for dessert. I miss them already.
Towards the end of our stay we spent a day in the center of Portimao. We walked along the harbour and ate at an incredible sushi place called Sushi and Go (also a buffet) which was really cheap and had lots of vegan options. I didn’t take any pictures of it, soz. #bloggerlife
The next day we visited the nearby fishing town Alvor which I soo wish we’d visited sooner. It was so lovely and felt really authentic.
We ate lunch at Lusitania which was the best meal I had in Portugal (it was really hard to find non meat-based dishes in most restaurants). Again, I didn’t take pics of my food but I had an orange tofu dish with pesto tortellini.
After lunch we spontaneously decided to rent bikes to ride around the resort. But not before purchasing some cool tourist shorts to prevent saddle sore on my vag.
We loved it so much there that we took an Uber back at night to drink some cocktails. We went to Mourisco which was lovely and not too expensive.
The last day of our holiday was spent in Praia da Rocha at the beach again. We talked so much about how different the lifestyle in Portugal is compared to Western life. Everyone there seemed so friendly and calm, and we noticed that material things were not as important to people. People in the Algarve (and even in Lisbon) seem to be genuinely happy living within their means instead of worrying about keeping up with appearances. It was really refreshing to see a place where everyone lives authentically and works as a community, compared to the “me vs you” mentality I’m used to in Scotland. I’d love to live there if I had the chance.
I really, really enjoyed my time in Portugal and I hope I can go back one day and explore the rest of that beautiful country.