My Week in Portugal

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Yesterday I arrived home from my holiday to Portugal and as a few people have asked where I stayed and what I got up to, I thought I’d do a post to fill you all in. I have to say, I’m currently suffering with a serious case of the holiday blues. I had such an amazing time that I didn’t want to come home!

If you’ve never been to Portugal before, you need to get yourself there. This is the fifth time I’ve visited and each and every time has been fantastic – there’s everything you could need from a holiday destination and more – glorious weather (it was late 20 to early 30 degrees every day), beautiful scenery and beaches, friendly locals, a number of fun daytime activities to get stuck into and a wide selection of restaurants, bars and clubs! I’d say there’s something for absolutely anyone – whether you want to relax by a pool all week, go on some fun adventures or party the night away - Portugal has got it covered!

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This year I went away with my boyfriend, his mum and dad, his brother and his brother’s friend and we stayed on the marina in Alberfuria which is about twenty minutes away from the main town centre. I’ve never stayed on the marina before but it was the perfect location – the views were amazing from our villa (more about that in a moment) and there was a selection of bars, restaurants and fun activities right on our doorstep. There was various boat trips, basketball courts, segways, go karting and mini golf - unfortunately we didn't get to do everything as we were only there for a week but we're already planning what we can do next time we visit. I had my eye on the 'jet boat' all week - it looked like it would be such a great adrenalin rush!

So, moving on to the villa we stayed in which a few people have asked me about on Twitter and Instagram. As you can see from my photos above, the place was absolutely amazing. It was huge with highly ceilings and an open plan design, four double bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living and dining area, a kitchen and a huge pool area surrounded by sun loungers which overlooked the beautiful  marina. My boyfriends mum booked it through a website called Owners Direct and it was a real bargain - apparently the price of it doubles from this week though so it seems the beginning of June was a great time to go.

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Most of our days were spent relaxing by the pool and sipping on G&T’s but we did have a couple of days out over the week which included a boat tour to watch the wild dolphins (so cute!) and a tour of the caves around the shore which was pretty damn cool – they had little hidden beaches inside them which we decided would make the perfect location for a party! We also had a day out at the beach which was absolutely lovely – they had guys with ice buckets full of beer walking around so we didn’t even have to move for a drink – total paradise. I also loved splashing around in the sea despite getting absolutely battered by a few waves on more than one occasion. I was also the butt of one too many jokes after saying I was scared a shark was going to attack me - legitimate fear okay!!

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Our evenings consisted of lots of eating, lots of drinking and the odd bit of raving thrown in for good measure. Most nights were spent in the Old Town which is a popular part of Alberfuria known for its fabulous restaurants and bars. There’s a great atmosphere there and we had some lovely meals – fillet steak cooked on a hot stone and a yummy Chinese were two of my favourites. We also enjoyed lots of cocktails (sparklers and all), live music and even a street magician who was hilarious! We also spent a couple of nights in the New Town which is the more lively part of Alberfuria and where you’ll find millions of hen and stag doos as well as some pretty fabulous bars and clubs. Our favourite was a club called ‘La Bamba’ and if you’re ever visiting Portugal, I’d strongly advise you give it a visit! It had a great atmosphere and great music – we partied hard until past 4am both times we went and we even made a new friend called Alfredo – I think he was a local and he was so damn cute - we welcomed him with open arms and he told us he loved us! Awww!

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We had the perfect ending to our holiday on Saturday night when we found a restaurant looking over the beach – it was a true hidden gem! I had a traditional Portugese cataplana with monkfish which was yummy and after our meal we sat and enjoyed the beautiful views of the waves splashing against the shore – the perfect ending to the perfect holiday!

I also thought I'd share a couple of outfits I wore while I was away - my favourite was this maxi dress from Miss Selfridge as I love the print and I also loved this little white vest paired with a daisy print skirt, both from H&M. They were all last minute buys before I went away but they turned out to be my favourite outfits. I'm just hoping the weather in the UK is going to improve soon so I can wear them again - wishful thinking!!


Anyway, enough rambling from me. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that the photos aren't too bad - they were all taken on my Iphone so the quality isn't great unfortunately! I'll be back to my beauty blogging ways very soon - well, as soon as I've unpacked my case! Yes, I still haven't unpacked - that's the worst part about going on holiday isn't it? All the washing when you get home! Boo! I also hope you enjoyed all the posts from my lovely guest posters while I was away - I thought they were all excellent so thank you to all you ladies who contributed! I really appreciate it!!

Have you ever been to Portugal? Where are you going on holiday this year?

Lots of love,

44 comments

  1. Portgual looks beautiful! Really want to visit there.

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  2. I really enjoyed the guest posts and it looks like you had a fab time! I would love to take a trip to Portugal sometime soon!

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  3. Oh wow this looks amazing! I've never been to Portugal but would love to go :) I'm heading off to Greece tomorrow with my boyfriend and this post has got me reaaaally excitedd!! I'm glad you had a lovely time away - it looks beautiful :) xx

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  4. Looks like you had a lovely time and I'm in love with your maxi dress!!

    Nicola xx

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  5. As a Portuguese, I'm so proud you liked my country!! :) it really is beautiful... And by the way, the city is pronounced Albufeira ;) big kiss from Portugal!!!

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  6. Looks amazing! Glad you had a good time! :) X.

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  7. You're photos are lovely, I think we may go to Portugal for our annual holiday next year as it's somewhere I haven't visited yet but so many people seem to love it! I'm pleased you had a great time, I'm off to Tenerife in a few weeks and I can't wait! x

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  8. Portugal (and you) looks beautiful! I am loving that maxi dress on you. I've gotta get myself there!
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  9. This looks like such a lovely holiday! I'm desperate to go away but I don't think I can this year :(

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  10. Hi! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! I'm Portuguese myself so it's always nice to year someone say they liked ouro little country :) I as asking myself where Alberfuria as, but after a quick googling I realised it's the way english-speaking tourists refer to Albufeira in Faro (Algarve). I go there during summer a lot :) Thanks for sharing this bit of your holidays here! Xoxo

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  11. PS: sorry about the typos! I as using my tablet and it autocorrects!

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  12. Portugal is so beautiful, you have to visit Oporto! is beautiful :)

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  13. It looks beautiful! Glad you had such a great time!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

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  14. I love these pictures! It seems like such a beautiful place to stay and I hope you had a lovely time :)

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  15. Looks like such an amazing holiday! Your beautiful photos have definetly made me want to push Portugal up to the top of my travel bucket list! P.s absolutely love those black cut-out bikini bottoms! xx

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  16. Great post!! I'm going to Albufeira for a week in July so I'm really looking forward to it!! I've noted down your tips and what you did! You look amazing by the way!!!!!

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  17. It looks so beautiful! Loved seeing all your instagrams while you were over there! Seriously bikini body/ hair envy gong on - you look gorgeous!

    Kirstie
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  18. I've never been to Portugal but this makes me want to go! Great photos :)

    Ella xx

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  19. I'm off on my first holiday abroad in two weeks time to spain and I've already made plans to go to Portugal on my next one! Photos look lovely. Paige xo | Florella

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  20. You've made me even more excited for my holiday in September now. Altho I def need to get my bum down the gym!

    ​Leanne @ Leanne-Marie ​ x​​

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  21. Aww you've got some gorgeous photos there. I went to Albuferia many moons ago, would love to go back! X
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  22. Sounds like a lovely holiday and I love your outfits. I'm going to Morocco in September and I can't wait for some sun and relaxing.

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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  23. Your villa looks like it was gorgeous! I was getting a bit jealous of your instagram photos.
    I'm off to Menorca next month, it's such a beautiful and relaxed Island. Cannot wait.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

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  24. Lovely post darling! I'm off to portugal with my boyfriends family in a few weeks and this has made me even more keen to go!
    xx

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  25. That place looks stunning and looks like you had a fab time!

    Laura xx

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  26. looks like you had an amazing time hun! and your triangl bikini looks fab! xx

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  27. beautiful figure do you have and a very beautiful bikini! lovely pictures girl! lots of love x

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  28. Great photos - one of the places I'm going on my holiday this year is Portugal so I can't wait :) x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  29. What a beautiful place! Sounds like you had a great time!
    -Monica
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  30. Your holiday looks lovely, I hope you had a great time :) thanks for having me on your blog whilst you were away!
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  31. Your wardrobe is to die for! I love all of your outfits here and on Instagram x

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  32. Oh woooooooow! I'm totally in love with this pictures! And this dress - it's beautiful! *.*
    You are a role model of fashion :)

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  33. I have such holiday envy now, and food envy! Your outfits all look so lovely and well put together, I never manage to look good on holiday!

    Belle ♥
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  34. Now I am dreaming about summer in my country to wear maxi dresses and take sun baths :D
    You look amazing and relaxed :)

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  35. Your pictures look amazing, I've never been to Portugal but I must visit now! Especially after seeing the dolphin pictures xx

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  36. This is getting me so excited for my holidays now!
    alicekatex ♥

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  37. I went to Portugal during the last week in May and it was amazing! I stayed in Vilamoura which isn't far from Albufeira. Seeing your pictures has brought back so many memories :') It looks like you had a lovely time! Thanks for sharing :) xo.

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  38. This whole holiday looks and sounds amazing; the food, the scenery, the luxury...and you look gorgeous in every photo :) I've never been to Portugal but I really need to go now. I need to book a last minute trip this summer and I think this might be the one for me!

    Jo xx

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  39. As a Portuguese, I'm glad to see that Portugal is so appreciated by other people :) It is beautiful indeed and it made me miss home a bit :/ (I'm actually living in the uk) Kisses

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