Our Favourite Algarve Moments

It’s been busy, busy, busy in The Real Algarve office over the last few weeks. This is one of our busiest times of year and we love taking enquiries, sourcing the perfect villa and creating dream holidays for our clients.

A big part of our job is recommending destinations on the Algarve, particularly when our clients are discovering this beautiful region for the very first time. We love sharing our own experiences and the hidden gems that make this such a special place for luxury villa holidays. From our favourite villas, to restaurants and beaches, we’ve spent years exploring the perfect way to while away a sunny afternoon on the Algarve.

So, on a rather grey day in the UK, here’s a few of our favourite moments on the Algarve, guaranteed to bring you a warm ray of Portuguese sunshine!

Nothing could be more chilled than lunch and a lazy afternoon at BJ’s Oceanside just outside the exclusive resort of Vale do Lobo. Rustic in appearance and packed with charm, BJ’s is one of the few remaining original beach restaurants in the area, where we love to enjoy the locally sourced grilled fish and other Portuguese specialities. If you enjoy dining with the sand between your toes and incredible sea views and sunsets, then this is the place for you. Sundays at BJ’s are especially memorable with live music and dancing by the sea!

There’s something special about dinner with a view and an evening at La Cigale Restaurant in Olhos de Agua is one of our favourite holiday moments. Built on the rock face of Olhos de Agua beach, close to Albufeira, this famous seafood restaurant directly overlooks the sea. In fact, at high tide, it can feel like you’re on a boat looking out of your cabin window. The sandy beach is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and we love to watch the traditional fishing boats and their crew as they bring in the fish, crab and lobster that is served at La Cigale every day.

Family holidays are all about creating memories. With young families of our own we appreciate how important it is to have a relaxing holiday, that’s guaranteed to appeal to the parents as well as the kids! Last summer we were lucky enough to spend time at the stunning Villa Lindsay. This luxury four bed villa is a short walk from Vilamoura Marina and beaches, overlooks Pinhal Golf Course, and even has its own pitch and putt course! The villa is well equipped for a family holiday and the pool and beautifully landscaped gardens are the ideal backdrop for entertaining the kids.  Before they wake up you can’t beat a relaxing cup of tea on the secluded balcony surrounded by vibrant bougainvillea. The afternoons are spent soaking up the sunshine and teaching the children to swim – memories that will last a lifetime!

One final favourite moment from us is getting together with friends in Vilamoura. You can’t beat a girls’ holiday on the Algarve with long lazy days spent sunbathing and evenings at the many bars and restaurants in the exclusive marina. Our favourite time is around six o clock, enjoying a jug of sangria and a gentle snooze whilst soaking up the last of the rays. Next to the Old Village and a stroll away from the marina, Four Seasons Vilamoura is the perfect destination for a few relaxing days away with friends. 

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