A Weekend in: Carvoeiro, Portugal

 

The Algarve region of Portugal has long been one of my favourite places to visit. For as long as I can remember my family have flocked there year after year for its delicious food, stunning landscapes and gorgeous weather, and I still continue to visit there with them at least once a year. Landing in Portugal feels like coming home, and today, inspired by a rather fleeting trip I recently made to Carvoeiro, I’m going to be talking about some of my favourite places that have to be squeezed in on a short trip.
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//The Food//
1// Rei das Praias

Thanks to Nandos, the culinary association that many have with Portugal is Peri Peri chicken. Whilst this is no bad thing and I certainly wouldn’t say no to a butterfly chicken and creamy mash, in the Algarve the focus is on fish and seafood. Located on stilts above a beautiful cove Rei das Praias is unassuming to the eye, with simple white interiors, and a beach shack vibe, but when it comes to having fresh, delicious fish and seafood Rei das Praias is unparalleled.​To start, I always opt for the garlic prawns, or if you’re feeling really hungry, try one of the mammoth madagascan tiger prawns. For main course choose their amazing freshly caught fish (my favourite is the seabass), or go all out and order the lobster rice, which supposedly serves two but could easily feed four.

Praia dos Caneiros, Ferragudo, 8400 Ferragudo, Portugal

2// Hexagone

Located in Carvoeiro, Hexagone offers modern takes on traditional Mediterranean food.  In the warm months, eat outside and soak in the last of the rays, complete with a glass of wine from their extensive Portuguese selection. The menu is packed full of excellent options so anything you order is sure to impress. When I visited I enjoyed a foie gras tasting starter and a perfectly cooked, generously sized fillet of beef main and was thoroughly pleased with both. But, if you’re in the mood for dessert, there is one true standout dish: the strawberry soup. Flambéd at the table with lashings of alcohol, it is as delicious as it is unique!

Urbanização Presa de Moura, Sesmarias, 8400-008 Lagoa, Portugal

3// No Solo Agua

A short drive away from Carvoeiro is Portimao, which is home to the fabulous pool and beach bar No Solo Agua. If you’re after somewhere to while away an afternoon, this is the place to do it.Pitch up in the sun next to the pool, order huge sushi platters and frozen cocktails and allow the mellow music to put you firmly in holiday mode.Estr. Marina 1, 8500 Portimão, Portugal
 //To Do//
1// Quinta Dos Vales Vineyard
Portugal has some wonderful wines on offer and when we go, we usually try to stay local with our choices. Quinta dos Vales is a vineyard in Estômbar, just fifteen minutes from Carvoeiro, that is well worth a trip to. Lined with weird and wonderful art, tour the quirky vineyard before heading to the shop for a tasting of their delicious wares.

Quinta dos Vales, Sítio dos Vales, 8400-031 Estômbar, Portugal
 
2// Beaches

The Algarve is home to some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. If you’re in the mood to relax head to Caneiros beach and pitch up on a bed. From here you can have food, cocktails and Champagne brought to you as you laze in the sun.If you’re seeking a more active weekend, then why not try out surfing? Future Surfing School is a great company located in Portimao, who provide excellent and in depth tuition to even the least competent of surfers.
Rotunda da Marina, 8500-911 Portimão, Portugal

3// Markets

Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like a barbecue. If you’re staying in a villa or apartment in Carvoeiro with access to a barbecue, getting hold of some fresh fish is a must. Whilst the supermarket selection is often very good, head down to the Carvoeiro fish market in the town centre early to pick up some of the most delicious finds. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-1pm. ​

​Happy holidaying!

​Love, Sophia x

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