Relaxing on the beach and pool for a few days. After our trip with a few hundred kilometers from Porto to Ericeira and Lisbon – our dream scenario for the time at the Algarve. Whether this came true? Well, read for yourself…
Package holidays in the middle of mass tourism are generally rather less my thing. After the last few months, in which I was traveling quite a bit around Europe, I honestly been looking forward to times to put your feet up, enjoy half-board and work on my tan ;).
My travel nightmare at the Algarve
Our hotel was located in Carvoeiro, located between Lagos and Faro. The very first evening I was vividly thrown into my personal holiday hell. I was aware, that there was a chance of that, but you are allowed to dream, aren´t you? The hotel was full of retired Germans.
And as much as I respect (almost) everyone in general, I was driven into madness by the performance of all clichés out there.
I would love to say at this point, everyone is allowed to behave like he wants and I´m fine with that, but I simply could ignore it hardly. Much of the hotel staff spoke of course (of course!!) German and so the German guests had no problem to talk with everyone in their native language even with the ones who didn´t understand a word. Of course those service employees were simply stupid and the guest had no other options to treat them like that (I hope you get the tongue-in-cheek ;)). Not to mention the daily struggle at the buffet.
Bottom line: I´ve indeed been quite ashamed about that behavior and lack of manners, but somehow it’s also funny to see certain stereotypes and prejudices fully score a hit. Even if I know, that I probably really been to tourist hell and it´s not a normal situation nowadays (at least I hope so ;)).
How the Algarve shows off
Now it´s time to focus on the good stuff: I met the King. Well, actually two of them, Elvis AND Michael Jackson…
…and Bono was there as well.
Is she gone completely crazy now? 😉
No, we have seen the largest sandcastle EVER. Annually with a different theme and for the 13th year now, the Fiesa in Pêra takes place. Artists create stunning sand figures which takes them about a month to complete. But pictures tell more than a thousand words. How cool is that?
Lagos and the myth about the perfect beaches
We also visited the popular beaches in Lagos, such as Praia Dona Ana. Now I might get in trouble with some of you, but I don´t get the magic and the hustle and bustle. The fantastically beautiful beach and the clear water are not to deny. But the people piled up like sardines, which is so unappealing that I would rather go to a beach that is not presented in any travel guide. What do you think?
Nevertheless, even if it didn´t sound like that so far – we got enough of relax time at the Algarve, don´t worry 😉
Unfortunately, the weather back home welcomed us less beautiful, but who wants to complain? 😉
After the last few months were full of travel, I now have heaps of things to take care of ;). Nevertheless, the next trips are of course already in planning <3