Why Algarve (Portugal) Is A Good Choice For A Honeymoon?
January 1, 1970
by Mantė Voverytė - Girnė
Algarve is a south Portugal region. Never mind the season, you can always find some tourists there. Algarve is rich of astonishing beaches, beautiful nature and delicious food. While travelling around this region cities you will find out that people here are more than friendly and most of them speak English very well. If you are looking for a place for your honeymoon or a romantic trip, Algarve might be a perfect choice for you.
A perfect place for couples
Walking around in some south Portugal cities you will see quite a lot lovebirds. The reason why this is happening might be the diversity of this region because you will find a lot of places to spend time together alone and also you can go to clubs, pubs and party all night if you want. You may also meet a lot of cute older couples walking around holding hands and smiling to each other. Maybe it is one of the reasons why this region is so neat, civilized and relaxing. Nature landscapes here is very beautiful and different from other countries so you would definitely bring back some amazing photos together. You can start your morning with a breath of fresh and bit salty oceanic air, spend your day at the beach sunbathing or catching the big waves and end your evening at the restaurant sipping wine on an ocean coast. It is a one way of spending a relaxing day in Algarve, but there’s so much more to do here. Recommendation would be to rent a car if you can and do some exploring around together. If you do this, don’t forget to turn on the radio and listen to Portuguese music, which will help you feel the spirit of Portugal.
Incredibly beautiful nature
Ponta da Piedade
If you are the nature lover you should start from visiting Ponta da Piedade (Lagos) – ocean coast caves. These can only be found at the volcanic coasts. At the highest point caves are about 20 meters height. There are some rocky pillars, arches and gates which creates an unusually beautiful landscape. Almost in every cave there is a hole where the sunlight comes in and changes the water colour. Also some caves have small beaches inside. There are special tours for it and you can find tickets at tourist information or in some beaches. Ships sail from Lagos, Portimao, Armacao de Pera towns directly to the Ponta da Piedade, but you can also choose to go there by boat or canoe.
The other thing you can try is the trail Alvor (Alvor, Portimão). It is a wooden trail that runs alongside the beach and combines all the main centers of attraction in Alvor – seafood restaurants, diners and bars. At the end of the runway you can refresh with a cold beer. In Algarve you might see some mountains, like Serra de Monchique. It is a small country town on the top of the mountain. From there you can see an amazing view, feel the mild climate and try some traditional chicken piri-piri. If you go there don’t miss a chance to visit Caldas de Monchique – a place of a lovely forest and fountains. If you want to entertain yourselves you won’t have a problem finding what to do here.
Things to do in Algarve
Bars, pubs and restaurants
Albufeira is one of the most popular night entertainment centers throughout the Algarve. There are a lot of bars, pubs, restaurants and night clubs. If you decide to have a dinner at the Albufeira oldtown, make sure you try some fish and traditional green wine (vinho verde), which represents Algarve region. Nice thing is that you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to eat deliciuos and be kindly served. Most of the bars also have quite good food to eat. Therefore, due to the tourism here you can find an italian, indian or french restaurants also. When sun goes down in some pubs they have live singig or karaoke evenings you might enjoy.
Active leisure and extreme sports
There are a lot of choices if you like an active leisure time. In cities Olhão, Bensafrim, Portimão, Mexilhoeira Grande, Almancil, Lagos you can order a special excursion – horse riding alongside the beach or up to the mountains. Also you can try scuba diving between the caves or start diving lessons. Nevertheless there are two aqua parks in Algarve. One of them is called Slide&Splash, which is the biggest aqua park in Portugal and one of the biggest in Europe. If you like water and adrenaline you should definitely try this one and spend there at least four hours. For those who like extreme sports you can try windsurfing, surfing or swimming with the standup paddle, but remember that the ocean water is very salty! In Algarve they also offer cycling tours and riding the ATV motorcycles. By the way you can visit the Parque Aventura (Albufeira) – Adventure Park. The park is full of various climbing tracks and you can “fly” between the trees. There you can ride a skateboard or play paintball together.
Other things to try in Portugal
If you are living not in south Europe, the Portuguese cemeteries might seem very interesting for you. They are old and people are buried in crypts with family names on it. It is quite an experience visiting it. If you want a really romantic trip – save one night and watch the stars. You can even take a bottle of wine, a blanket and go the beach to look at the sky and listen to the waves. The other thing you should try is seafood. Do not hesitate and try it – it’s really good. You can have small portions which are a bit similar as Spanish tappas. You can try calamari, squids, prawns, oysters, scallops and other things. Actually, you don’t have to go to the restaurants all the time to try these things. You can buy it in a shop and cook it yourself if you have a kitchen in the place you are staying. Sometimes it may seem even better experience if you cook dinner together and eat it at the balcony by candlelight and glass of wine.
If you really are on a honeymoon and find yourselves in Algarve, there is no doubt that you will have a wonderful and unforgettable time here. Although the most important thing is not the place, but the feeling. Wherever you are, try to enjoy every moment of it and just forget everything. This is one the most romantic things of your life. Just look into your lover’s eyes and feel the love – everything else will be perfect.