We just got back from our honeymoon…. a fantastic wonderful week in The Algarve.
The Boy and I ummed and aahed for ages about where to go. Our original plan when we got engaged was to spend a month in Nepal… but things had to change under our current circumstances; 10 month old baby in tow, house to buy etc.etc.
We had ALMOST settled on an all-inclusive deal to Tenerife and then we did a big u-turn, realising that actually we are not all inclusive people and that sharing a room with Baby A on our honeymoon was not such a great plan.
So I looked for the cheapest flights I could find to somewhere relatively hot with Jet 2 and Faro came up. Next stop was to find an apartment for us of a suitable calibre for our special week away. Using the always (read usually) reliable Google I came across Affinity Villas. I then spent about a week trying to decide where to go for within our budget, finally settling on Carvoeiro which offered us the best balance of luxury villa, with walkable beach and town. We booked in for Casa Erica, at a significant discount price due to being so late in the season.
Affinity Villas were really helpful with the booking process and I was excited about our Welcome Hamper, until I realised that we would not be getting one as we were getting a discounted rate… even playing the Honeymoon card didn’t help sadly :(.
We booked our car through Affinity as well as it was cheaper than transfers and we figured we would use it at least a couple of times to move around the region.
The villa was absolutely amazing, way too big for the three of us, but amazing. It was so well equipped, we literally needed clothes and groceries… there was a kitchen with spices, herbs, oils, tea bags, coffee machine and every piece of crockery and cutlery ever needed… we even had (and used) a dishwasher.
Casa Erica was a converted farmhouse with an amazing communal space and snug, a lovely (slightly chilly) pool and a roof terrace to watch the sunset from. Baby A was a bit freaked out by how big the space was and it took some getting used to, but he LOVED the piano which The Boy tinkled on with him every day.
Carvoeiro was a nice little town with its own market, safe beach and little kids playground, but we found it a little too sleepy and not so historically interesting. Our visit to nearby Lagos left us thinking that we perhaps should have gone for a slightly busier location.
We ate, drank and we merry, then ate some more. I even fitted in a couple of runs to complete my week 2 of couch to 5k. Baby A ate absolutely everything we put in front of him and slept pretty well, he also had a couple of late nights with Mummy and Daddy which was a great sign for the future for some family meals out. We went back to sleep together in a big queen size bed a couple of times which gave us valuable extra shut eye and was just lovely.
Travelling with Baby A went really well. He loved the plane, mostly because there were lovely children on the row behind, but also because he had lovely sleepy cuddles with us both. He got to sit in a front facing car seat in the hire car which he loved and he was so good on the way back when our plane made a safety stop in Oporto and we were stuck there for a few hours.
Meal of the week – Swordfish Portimao Style and Squid Kebab
Beach of the week – Praia de Carvoeiro
Drink of the week – Vino Verde – Portuguese young wine – delicious!