Early New Year's Resolutions. Have A Walking Holiday!

Taking time to stay slow paced and relaxed on your holiday is vital. We're all yearning to escape reality and take some precious me-time. In day to day life, I've tried desperately to adopt a no-rush, calm and serene lifestyle. I try to stay ahead of schedules, take my time with day to day tasks and hopefully alleviate niggling health troubles and also mental anxieties. Being on holiday can be just the same. Taking things at your own pace, wandering through the exciting destinations you get to and truly soaking up the essence of the city or country you're in.



Inntravel, the 'slow holiday people' have launched an exciting campaign, #ResolutionsUpdate which is focusing on booking yourself a magical winter holiday, where you can take things at your own leisure and enjoy the winter beauty. After the Christmas slog, January is my favourite month for a regeneration and a new start. Traveling is always on the top of my New Year's resolution list, and any list for that matter, it's a brilliant way to learn about new cultures and broaden your horizons, which assist in every day life and you can easily adopt this to your career and lifestyle. Here are some ways you can create some simple tips to create a happy, healthy and active New Year well in advance. I'm taking part in this campaign because I thoroughly believe we should all start the New Year right, because it can be one of the most depressing times of year; with all the festivities over, back to work and very little to look forward to; which is why it's so important to get those holidays booked and get motivated, even with the smallest of things you desire. Here are some of my top tips to sticking to a healthy resolution:

1. Buy A Planner - get a planner/diary for the next year and begin to work out when you could travel, penciling in dates for your adventures. It's always good to have a diary on you, and preferably one that allows you to make lists. Take January first; think about the days you can set aside to either travel, socialise or take days to be creative and healthy.

2. Save Up In Advance - Put a little bit of money towards your adventure as early as possible, for example right now. Ask for money for Christmas instead of gifts and put it into a travel pot. Take a little browse some walking holidays for some inspirations on locations for the perfect walking holiday. Anyone who has been to Spain before will know it's a perfect place to spend some slow quality time with friends and family, whilst breathing in that clear air!

3. Buy Some Active Wear - This will make you feel immediately more in the zone with being active and feeling ready to be at one with nautre. Comfortable yoga pants or riding pants - another great thing to add to your list, and once you're dressed for the occasion, you're going to feel much more in the mood for travel. A nice warm coat is always a must, preferably with a hood as January can be chilly and it's good to be snug and prepared!



Last year my New Year's Resolutions were:

  • Travel more - I certainly have travelled more, and plan to keep this as a top priority for the foreseeable future. Travelling is one of my biggest passions.
  • Eat less sweet things - That didn't happen. My addiction to peanut M&Ms is still gigantic.
  • Socialise more - Again, that has sloped off past February but we must all make the effort.
  • Redesign my blog - This happened, although just recently, but I was inspired by travelling to change my blog and to create a more travel inspired blog!
  • Do more charity work -This is ongoing but I believe we can all contribute, even if that means picking up little bits and bobs in local charity shops.

What are your New Year's Resolutions plans? What were your 2017 and how is it going so far for you?

*This post was written in collaboration with Inntravel. 

Stay Luxurious And Stay Thrifty




Living a life you envisage is not always easy but it's something we must always strive to achieve. Travelling is one of life's biggest pleasures, it broadens your mind and horizons, gives you inspiration, and creates scores of memories that you can treasure throughout your entire life. Whenever I am travelling, either for work or pleasure, I like to find luxury places to stay that either feel like home, or better. We should not ever settle for substandard, in any shape or form, although it's
also a fact that luxury comes with a large pricetag. I have complied a little list of how you can achieve a luxury lifestyle even when you're living on a budget. It may take a little more preparation, and a little bit of sacrifice, but in the longrun, you should be able to enjoy the more finer things in life. I have to be honest, sometimes planning a trip, no matter how short, or how long can be a full time job. I'm constantly scouring the airlines and set up so many notifications and rechecking comparison sites, to see if the price has altered. It takes a little bit of dedication but if you're as passionate about travel and living a more luxe lifestyle, then a little bit of dedication goes a long way.

Flights & Luxury Travel 

When you're looking for flights, you can come up against problem after problem. If you're flexible with dates, then you're definitely onto a winner. Here are some of my top tips to get good prices on your fayres.

  • Switch and change up your flight companies - sometimes flight companies will have really good deals on one way flights, but the flight home can be extortianate. Expel this by looking at one way flights home on another airline. If this isn't a big issue for you then you can even fly out from one airport on one airline and fly home on another airline, to another airport. It is often a good way to find cheaper flights. 
  • Don't spend too much time looking for flights - as we know flight prices zoom up if you're on the page for a long time, and browsing the same page frequently. Delete cookies, and spend less time browsing. 
  • Book in advance if you can - budget airlines are always going to be your best friend; but try and book in advance as often flights nearer the time can sky rocket, sometimes they go down in price, but more often than not, the further in advance, the better deals you get, and of course off season, August is the most expensive month of the year for flights. 
  • If you have booked a long haul ticket; it's always worth asking at check in desk if there would be any chance of an upgrade. Sometimes it can be automatic, but a little hustling never hurt anyone. 


Trains

Trains can be a great way of getting around, although they are usually heavily overpriced; and flights can often be cheaper. 
  • Play around on National Rail - If you take a little sneak peak on National Rail, there are usually a choice few tickets from your city to another that you can grab for as little as £3 but they are non-flexible. For example, there are routes from Leeds to York and Leeds to Manchester for £3 one way. Play around and opt for the bigger cities as they are usually the ones with the good deals. More remote destinations tend not to have many hot deals. 
  • Return tickets are not always cheaper - If you're not too fussy with the method of transport, then sometimes taking a one way train ticket and coming back by coach is the cheapest option. A lot of coach fayres start from as little as £5 to and from major towns. Mix and match your travel and keep within budget.

Hotels - Staying And Visiting 

When you're looking at hotels, comparison sites can be a good place to start. They are like search engines for hotel rooms, and I have found Trivago pretty reliable in most areas. If you like a taste of the elegant lifestyle, then you don't always have to stay at a hotel
  • Hotels ARE open to the public - I know so many people who often get very intimidated at the thought of walking into a hotel if you're not a resident. It's a fact that many hotels often have incredible bars and restaurants inside and the general public are always welcome. It is a hobby of mine, to find amazing local hotels on Sunday afternoons and sit and have a little coffee whilst enjoying the surroundings. It's a much more elegant way to drink your pot of coffee. 
  • Book last minute - hotels are more renowned for giving away cheaper rooms if it is last minute; but for every blogger out there who has a passion for hotels, just like me, then dropping them an email to let them know that you are all booked in but you're a blogger could mean an upgrade, or perhaps a free meal. 
  • Judge hotels by their travellers ranking not their own - If you look on Trip Advisor, you will notice many of the top hotels of the city may not be a 5 star and some of the so-called 5 star hotels of the city are much lower down the list. It's because a 3 or even 4 star hotel is not necessarily lacking in class or elegance. It may just the fact that it is lacking a posh restaurant or a full spa with pool facilities. These are all things to consider.
  • Look at renting a villa - you can often get good deals if you're wanting to do a full week without any hassle, any people and just pure comfort. Clickstay offer villas all over the world that are incredibly lush. Click below to see what they have to offer.



It's never an easy task to navigate the luxury market on a budget, and being a blogger definitely does help with this as opportunities are much more frequent than of a person who is not a blogger. Little tips to keep luxurious include, saving less money be frittering it away on many nights out; save the money up and instead go for one or two cocktails at a plush bar, preferably on a night where they have cocktail deals, as many do! Scour the sales and pick up a staple blazer and a good pair of classic heels; these are two classic pieces that you can grab on a budget that make you feel elegant and incredible!


Never feel you are not worthy of trying and hustling for a little bit of luxury. Enjoy yourself and always keep your eyes peeled for airline deals!

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Taste Of Luxury At The Grand York

York is the epitome of elegance; from its stunning architecture, to the historical shambles, quaint windy streets, beautiful shops filled with treasures, and so many spots to sit and soak up traditional English culture. If you're looking for a UK weekend break, with fun, culture, and a good glass of vino (by the river Ouse if the weather is good enough),  York is the place to visit. I was fortunate enough to spend a night at The Grand Hotel & Spa York, which, from start to finish of my stay, I felt like royalty. It is Yorkshire's only 5 star hotel and is leading the way as far as luxury and hospitality goes. Glancing out of your window and catching sight of the incredible York Minster is always such a joy, and one of the highlights of York itself. The hotel is every bit as classy as you could imagine, with customer service at its core.

TV/Chill Out Space

Morning Vibes

With a warm, regal welcome, the hospitable staff at the hotel were incredibly friendly and respectful, helping with luggage, and after stepping out of the car feeling utterly exhausted and deshevelled after a busy day, I still felt incredibly special. First impressions are everything and it isn't difficult to see why this hotel is 5 star, and with a quick and easy check-in, helpful staff, it's already gone onto my favourites list. If you're looking for elegance in a hotel, The Grand is your place.

The Room

Our twin room was both plush and classy. With a touch of class everywhere, from the colour schemes, and the coffee making facilities you wish you had at home, lots of choices in the mini bar, and cleanliness ranked very high. It was spotless. Home away from home is vital when you're travelling; especially if you're travelling often. You need to feel relaxed, safe and with a true element of luxury. The Grand Hotel & Spa is in the heart of York, and everything ready to explore on the doorstep. All the ameneties were provided and anything additional can be requested at the front desk and they will do their best to assist. It's the perfect place to bring your laptop, drink a vanilla latte and be inspired. Books and magazines on hand, there's always something to pass the time and the decor was a beautiful beige neutral with crimsons and wood finishes, feeling super cosy yet modern and stylish. The attention to detail was noticed from start to finish, with the range of toiletries being from the lavish Molton Brown, including a stunning room spray for evenings to relax you; everything is perfectly in its place to ensure a comforting, cosy and warm stay.

TV seating area

Coffee & Tea making facilities (Nespresso & Taylors of Harrogate)

Room 403 - living space

Details

Molton Brown Night Spray
Molton Brown Mouthwash
Coffee In The Morning


The Restaurant

The Rise Restaurant is ultra plush, copper and wooden tones, with modern art, comfy soft chairs and the tasting menu is absolutely incredible. You can choose as many dishes as you wish, but 6 for two people is recommended. Carefully crafted food with delicious delicate tastes, the cuisine is a deluxe special treat, it is fine dining at its best and better yet, the tasting menu offers many smaller dishes, like tapas almost, so you are able to get the best tasting experience. Nothing was over flavoured, or under flavoured, it was also incredibly aesthetically pleasing and the chicken melted like butter in your mouth, incredibly delectable and the smaller dishes still filled you like a large plate. Vegetarian, gluten free options are available; with five star care and treatment, nothing is too much trouble. After opting for a cocktail, I came to realise there are definitely no short measures, and the perfect atmosphere for a cocktail (or two)!

The Rise Restaurant

Tomato & Avocado salad

Chicken Dish

The Spa

The spa check in is simple and easy. The keys to your locker are given at the desk, along with towels; then sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. With a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi, you can really enjoy your me-time and with the sultry mood lighting, the ambience is incredibly zen. Purples and oranges, make for such a relaxing atmosphere, with drink facilities, and chairs around the pool, there is always somewhere to sit. Ideal for couples, lone travellers, or families, the atmosphere is relaxed and the helpful staff will be there to give you any advice you wish; they do offer treatments but booking in advance is best. The spa also has changing facilities, including hair straighteners, which is ideal for the ladies and a big bonus if you're heading straight out from there. The day spa is open to non-residents at £20 a day, which is perfect for a lazy weekend day out, and pop into the Whisky Bar afterwards for a cool beverage after your stay.

Viewing area of pool - mood lighting 

Poolside

York never disappoints, from culture, to museums, to river walks and shopping, it has so much to offer, and with The Grand Hotel & Spa York sat right in the centre, this is a perfect choice whilst staying in the city. For more information on the hotel's gift vouchers, click here, and make someone feel very special with an afternoon tea or spa day luxury! It was almost impossible to find any faults with my stay, and I will definitely be back, that is for sure. So take the plunge, and click here to book that weekend break you've been desperately wanting!


*I was kindly invited as a guest of the hotel, but all opinions and words are my own.

For more information on why York is worth a visit, click HERE

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The Newbie's Guide To Corfu

Greece is by far one of my favourite places on Earth. Full of hospitable people, delicious food, olives and feta for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and unforgettable views that become engrained in your mind and soul, Greece is a brilliant destination. After exploring mainland Greece and visiting the beautiful Athens, I had a yearning to come back to see more; and this time my travel plans are to visit the islands. Specifically Corfu. Here is the ultimate guide I’ve put together for my trip to Corfu and some things to plan before you go to make your trip smooth running and enjoyable.


For accommodation, my ultimate goal is to get a real taste of the island and island life, by renting a villa. For the true taste of Greek island life, coming home with your tote bag full of groceries, and eating outside overlooking the still, serene waters, is exactly how to experience it. Have privacy and contentment, take life at your own pace, and be sure to take a dip to cool off in that hot summer air. That is for me, exactly the perfect Greek island trip. Corfu is specifically known for its friendly tourist atmosphere, plenty of things to do and see. Take a peek below to the ultimate guide.

Getting Around

Getting around Corfu is not overly difficult depending on what your goal of travel is. Hiring a car can be beneficial if you would like to see the island in its entirety, but be sure to consult maps for parking arrangements before you go. Cars can be picked up at the airport. If you want to take the bus, be sure to make sure you know the times, by asking, as they can change often, but it is a cheap and cheerful way to get around from old town to the beach. If you are feeling a little more adventurous and want a taste of luxury, especially if you are in a larger group, then hiring a motorboat is the ultimate for those warm afternoons when you need a cool off and relaxing before heading back to your villa.

What To Do

Old Town Corfu is particularly popular with the sightseeing tourists, who would love to capture a bit of the culture as well as soaking up the beautiful coastline. It is unbelievably quirky and beautiful in the Old Town, and you do not need a map, have a little explore on foot, like most parts of Greece, the more you see on foot the better, especially to reach those beautiful high points for Instagrammable views.

There are outdoor activities, from hiking and a scuba centre, where you can hire equipment and go scuba diving in the crystal seas. For the more low key tourist, who isn’t so hyped for energetic water sports, the island boasts many museums, such as the Andivouniotissa Museum, which is €4 entry and open Tues-Sun 8:00am until 2:45pm; and there are plenty of other choices with a multitude of different cultures to learn about; with Corfu’s rich history and ties to Italy and France.

Where To Eat

You will never go hungry in Corfu. Plenty of taverns but some top picks are Avli Restaurant, Taverna Bikolis and if you want to splash out a little on a special holiday meal, then the luxurious “The Venetian Well” is surely a good place to start, with some Mediterranean cuisine and a bottle of chilled fine wine.

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After your long days searching the cities, tasting the culinary delights and enjoying a little ouzo and traditional Greek dancing, take a leisurely stroll back to your villa, and retire for the evening. For more information on the best villas, take a little peek at Clickstay for more information, and make your trip to Corfu a holiday to remember. There are plenty of other Greek island locations to browse through, from classic Santorini or Kefalonia, or even mainland in Athens (well worth a visit). Click on the photo to book a villa!


Have you ever been to Corfu? What are your top recommendations?  


The Ultimate Guide to China

China is a travel bucket list item for a lot of people and for good reason. There are many reasons why people are scared to travel to China, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. A few fears that I have heard about from people are: being scared about the language barrier, being scared of the food (food poisoning and not liking the food), the air quality since China is such a polluted country, the toilets, and many other things.

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Well, I am here to tell you to stop being so scared and just go for it. Do your research, plan out your trip andcross off China from your bucket list! There are so many things to know before travelling to China, so make sure you reserach like I mentioned above, but here are a few things that I have put together that you should know.
  • China is extremely tourist friendly. A lot of people do speak English, but when you run into someone that doesn't, don't worry. There are many ways to communicate - I usually use my hands a lot, which always works, but there are also many apps that help with translation, even when offline in another country. Although I wouldn't be too worried about it, I would learn a few key phrases or words, like "Thank You", "Toilet" and "Hello".
  • The currency in China is the yuan and while a lot of places do accept Visa and Mastercard in China, cash is always preferred, especially when going to smaller busiensses. Don't forget to tell your bank that you are traveling to China. If you do end up using your cards without letting them know, they could deny your requests. This could get extra tricky if you do not have phone service and/or internet whilst you are travelling. 
  • You cannot drink the tap water in China! Make sure you always drink bottled water while travelling to China.
  • Toilet paper is not a "must have" for public bathrooms in China, so make sure to bring your own. I usually carry around a small packet of tissues to add to my travel bag. Also, a lot of public bathrooms do not have soap, so pack the hand sanitizer also.
  • Cars have the right of way in China, not pedestrians! Chinese drive a lot differently than we do, so be careful. 
  • China is very crowded and locals are used to pushing their way through the crowds, so don't worry if you are being shoved - it is part of the culture, but make sure to always conceal your valuables to be safe.
After you do some more research, start to plan your itinerary. These cities are a few that I would interested in going to:
  • Beijing - The Forbidden City used to be home to emporers and advisors - it did not allow the public in, but now it is one of the most-visited places on earth. According to Skyscanner, there are nine million bicycles in Beijing, so biking is always a fun way to see the city. 
  • XI'an: XI'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province, the People's Republic of China, so it's a great place to see. Some of the attractions found in XI'an are the Famen Temple, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Bell Tower.
  • Shanghai - Some think that Shanghai is the world's greatest city, for many reason, so it is definitely a must-see when travelling to China. 
  • Hong Kong - Situated on the southeast coast, Hong Kong is a SAR or a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Some of the top sights in Hong Kong are the Peak Tram, the Man Mo Temple and Lai Chi Wo.

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When you go to China, make sure to soak up all of the sights (and food) because this trip is something that will make a million memories that will last a lifetime. Also make sure to bring back a few great souvenirs that will remind you of your travels. One special souvinir that I love is a sword from Swords of Northshire. Hand forged in Longquan, China, this is the perfect item to purchase to remember your trip because you can display it on your wall for all to see. Swords of Northshire offers an option to customize your Katana so you can make it exactly how you like! You can choose the blade's material, scabbard, length and other features like engraving. Don't worry though, if you have no idea where to start, they have a sword glossary to help you with understanding exactly what you are doing and they also have Samurai Swords that you do not have to customise. One benefit from ordering from Swords of Northshire is is their customer service.

Photo Courtesy of: Swords of Northshire 


They offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your product, for thirty days after your purchase. They offer complete replacement, re-shipments and also refunds. This shocked me because most companies do not offer this kind of customer service. On top of all that, they have free shipping! Placing a sword from Swords of Northshire on your wall would be the perfect way to showcase your souvenir from China, so that you will think of your trip every day.

Are you planning a trip to China or have been recently? What have you learned or want to learn?

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Hotel Faro - Dreamy Summer Holiday

Faro is such a brilliant destination for people wanting to explore the Algarve and the endless beaches of the country, that have been so popular with tourists for so many years. Faro was my first trip to Portugal, and if you're looking for a hotel, then Hotel Faro is the perfect place to get all the experience of the city that you'll need. Take a little look at why it was the ideal spot for your first time in the Algarve! Portugal is brimming with tourists, but that doesn't take away from its authenticity.

View from Hotel Faro Rooftop

Situated just next door to the beautiful old town, Hotel Faro is a brilliant location for a spot of historical sightseeing, and plenty of restaurants to taste some fine Portuguese cuisine. A fabulous location, right on the marina and most places within walking distance. The hotel itself has a rooftop restaurant, and pool, where you can go for breakfast, and soak up the views with your morning coffee, or have an exquisite dinner on an evening and watch the sunset over the marina. The staff are incredibly hospitable and friendly, from booking tours, to asking advice about the local amenities, they are very helpful. The hotel has such a fresh modern feel to it.

The Rooms

The rooms boast clean white walls with a gorgeous marble effect in the bathroom and a shower and bath which is always handy. The hotel rooms are a good size, and are very clean and there are two large windows which let in a lot of light. Our room was down the side street, and on the evenings, the street sounds and people can be heard below but this of course has nothing to do with the hotel, but ask for a higher room or a front view if you're quite particular about any kind of noise.

The rooms aren't carpeted which is always good during those summer months and there is a wide and easy to select choice of TV channels, including some film channels which are lovely to relax with at the end of a long day. There are tea options, peppermint (really necessary for me), and breakfast teas, but no coffee, but you can always nip to the local shops to pick up your necessities. There are no balconies in the rooms, but I didn't feel this was any negative, there are plenty of outside places to sit and relax in the marina area.

View from the room (first floor)


Room details, white and cool blues


The bathroom, marble effect and complete with shower & bath

The Restaurant

The Ria Formosa restaurant is the ultimate in elegance and class. The decor is incredibly chic and the food is delicious. For breakfast, the fruit in Portugal is a must. Definitely start out with a fruit salad, and taste a couple of traditional delights. There is something for everyone, including non- dairy milk. Having your breakfast up here is such a treat, and a perfect way to start your day.

Breakfast view


Dinner was especially magical, with class and such Instagram worthy photo spots, it boasts panoramic views and you can either opt for dinner Al Fresco, or stay in the cool indoors and watch the sunset from inside, no matter where you sit, you will always have a fabulous view. Try and have a meal in here if you come to stay, with a glass of wine and relax the evening away.

Ria Formosa Restaurant

Rooftop views - Faro  by sunset

Amenities


The hotel also has a beach house, over at the Praia de Faro, an area with plenty of restaurants, shops and of course the coveted beaches. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from the beach house which is perfect including beach towels that you can pick up at reception. You would normally have to catch the bus from the station and pay a fee of 2.50 euros each way but this shuttle is comfy and takes you straight to the beach house, where you can either eat, hire sun loungers on the beach (15 euros for the whole day) or sit upstairs and relax on their terrace (for Hotel Faro residents only). The area is very popular with tourists but it shouldn't be difficult to find your perfect spot on the beach and enjoy the sea - the sea is usually very cold even through summer, it tends to only rise to around 15 degrees but it is very cooling and you easily get used to it.

Hotel Faro beach club - private upper terrace

Hotel Faro beach club - sun loungers on the beach 

Beach at Praia de Faro

The hotel's swimming pool is very chilled, overlooking the lovely views and a few sun loungers. It is much quieter on the evenings and that is when I think the most special also. Nothing nicer than doing some gentle exercise on a warm evening, when the sun isn't at its hottest. The hotel offers a spa, and also a gym which is brilliant if you love keeping fit whilst you're away from home.

Photo Courtesy of: Hotel Faro

With Hotel Faro being one of the most popular hotels in the city, you can really have the best of all worlds. If you want to know more about Faro click on the photo for my latest blog on visiting the area as a whole and why this makes a lovely first trip for first time travellers to Portugal.

*I was a guest at Hotel Faro but all views and opinions are my own.




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Faro, Algarve And All Its Charms

Faro is undoubtedly a perfect summer holiday location. With the whole of the Algarve at your fingertips, driving down the coast is easy, or setting base in Faro is also a good bet, as there are still plenty of beach spots, as well as lots to see whilst you're there. Faro is the capital of the Algarve and all flights to the area stop at Faro. The first top points of Faro would be, things are comfortably affordable. Taxis into the main area of Faro from the airport are around 10-15 euros. The average meal is around 11-13 euros but you can get much cheaper if you're just wanting snacks and light bites and public transport is also very good indeed.

What To Do

If you're coming here for the sun only, then you are definitely in the right place. With highs of around 30 degrees in the summer, it is a brilliant place to soak up some vitamin D and get a lovely tan. However, there is so much more to Faro than it's long beaches. Faro Old Town was by far my favourite part of the city. A little reminiscent of Prague in parts, and Plaka (Athens) in other parts. With little treasures found and pretty hanging flowers and trees, it's a lovely place to explore on foot and there is a stunning Cathedral and plenty of taverns to stop for a little drink break. There are also art galleries and museums, although they are small, but a nice break from the heat.

Finding quaint and pretty streets is never too difficult when you're in Europe. It's a guarantee that you'll find some spots that really resonate with you and you just have to get out the camera and start snapping!

Faro Old Town
Faro Old Town

Faro Old Town
Faro Old Town
Faro Old Town
Places To Eat

It's hard to pick a specific place because there are so many taverns and bars that I wanted to try and didn't have time to. There are so many places to eat, and many different styles, too. Of course there is also a McDonalds in case you need a quick burger and fries fix, and there are a few little shops nearby the main marina that you can buy snacks in. During the summer, eating full meals can be a little heavy, but keep up your fluids and always keep a bottle of water on you at all times. This little Mexican bar was a particular favourite for traditional nachos and any kind of Tequila you could want! This little bar was called Guaka. So artsy and perfect for a pit stop.

Guaka Restaurant
Guaka Restaurant

Trips

There are plenty of trips and activities to do in The Algarve. From jet-skiing to boat trips, there is plenty to do. There are lots of sales reps on the streets offering leaflets, some reps wait at airport arrivals, as there are some water parks nearby that are popular with tourists. Hotel Faro offer trips to residents, such as a boat tour of the nearby islands and free shuttle bus to the nearby Praia de Faro.

Praia de Faro is situated about ten minutes south of the airport. With long beaches and many beach clubs and houses, you will not go hungry or thirsty. Plenty of places to buy beach towels and supplies and a definite spot to check out. The airport shuttle bus makes a stop here then into Faro centre. You can pick up affordable train tickets to neighbouring cities, as Faro is reasonably small and if you are wanting to sight-see, then I highly suggest taking a few trips out of the city to get the most out of the Algarve.

Faro

Faro
Flights to and from Faro can be picked up at a relatively affordable price. The budget airlines such as Jet2, RyanAir, Monarch airlines and Easyjet have regular flights from the UK to here. The peak of the season is July but that is also when it is at its hottest, in Portugal. Opting for an autumn getaway here would mean you get some lovely heat, but without the sun too strong and a little less tourism. The beaches are a great place to relax here, but you can be easily deceived by the strength of the sun by the sea breeze.

Have you been to Faro?  What are your favourite places to visit whilst you have a relaxing break in the Algarve?

Click below to read about my hotel review of Hotel Faro.