Day 1.  A week in the Algarve

An early start this morning for our 7.00 am departure to Faro airport.  Our three hour flight was with the budget scheduled airline Monarch which arrived on time, the flight passing quickly for us as we managed to catch up on some sleep for most of the journey.  After reclaiming our luggage we transferred to …

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Day 2.  A boat trip from Lagos, The Algarve

After sleeping soundly for almost ten hours, making up for yesterday's lack of sleep we felt refreshed and looked forward to the day ahead.  Just after 8.00 am we enjoyed a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.  It's decorated in typical Portuguese style with dark wood furniture, a terracotta tiled floor and traditional artefacts displayed …

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Day 4.  Visiting Praia da Luz, The Algarve

Yet another warm, sunny morning so after breakfast we wandered over to the nearby Lagos bus station about five minutes walk away to take a 20 minute journey in a westerly direction to Praia da Luz.   Tickets are very cheap on the Onda local service costing €1.60 for an adult single journey payable from …

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Day 5.  Lagos to Silves by train

I woke up briefly during the night to what sounded like hailstones out on the terrace but when we opened the curtains at 8.00 am we discovered our tiled balcony and white patio furniture were coated in a mixture of mud and grit.  It must have rained heavily and as our room is on the …

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Day 6.  A day in Faro, The Algarve

Although we flew into Faro airport last Saturday we didn't see anything of Faro itself and as it's an historic city as well as being the capital of the Algarve we thought it would be a  good place to visit.  Trains from Lagos to Faro take 1 hour 50 minutes and an adult return journey …

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Day 7.  Visiting Alvor from Lagos

Our plan on this warm, sunny morning was to visit Alvor by bus.  It's less than 30 minutes away from Lagos but buses are infrequent so we decided to enjoy a morning sauna before heading to the bus station for the 12.00 noon service.  Buses to Alvor are on comfortable express coaches run by Eva …

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Day 8.  A walk in Lagos 

Our last complete day in Lagos so we decided to complete our tour of this charming town.  Starting by the marina we strolled along the seafront to the municipal market hall which was bustling with locals buying fresh produce for the weekend.  Unlike other markets we've come across in the Algarve, this one has a …

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Day 9.  Our final day in the Algarve

There was plenty of time to relax over breakfast before checking out of our hotel the Tivoli.We'd arranged a transfer back to Faro airport as it wouldn't have been possible to return by public transport on a Sunday morning. This has been our first holiday in the Algarve, would we return ?  Yes, we certainly would. …

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Day 2. Exploring Funchal, Madeira

What a difference a day makes!  Less than 24 hours ago we were in cold, wet Manchester and this morning we woke to warm sunshine enabling us to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast out on the hotel terrace overlooking the ocean.    We then set off for a stroll into the centre of Funchal along the …

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