When looking for a quick getaway that would have nice weather and not be too far to travel the logical choice seemed to land on Portugal. Having looked around we found a great deal in a place called Faro. Most people just pass through to the more popular locations we thought it would be nice to go somewhere a little quieter.
We managed to get a hotel right on the sea front and though we went in December it wasn’t to warm but we still had sun and blue skies. The town itself wasn’t too big but had a wonderful mixture of old and new. The town was split into an old town and new with a old fortress wall surrounding the old town.
Within the old town it was like you were being transported to another era. With cobbled streets some of the most magnificent churches and an amazing cathedral that literally took my breath away. We travelled to the top of the cathedral where you could experience breathtaking views of the city and out to sea.
The most memorable part of the tri had to be the food. We wanted to experience as much of the local cuisine as we could. We found a quaint little bakery behind our hotel that was packed with some of the most phenomenal cakes, pastries and breads. As Faro is a fishing town a majority the restaurants serve freshly caught fish and produce which results in some the most amazing food you have ever tasted. One aspect of the trip we could not get enough of was the orange juice. Orange trees can be found everywhere in Portugal and a lot of the local café’s and restaurants serve freshly picked oranges on their menu. I guess I had never really tasted oranges that were juiced on the same day they were picked but it was amazing. We ordered a fresh glass everywhere we stopped.
Though our stay was fleeting it was memorable we loved every minute and vowed to return. From the amazing food, history and not to mention the sunsets we were transported to another world. It is a place I would recommend to travel too if you want a quiet seaside getaway. It was by far one of our most relaxing vacations to date.