When I decided to visit Portugal it was more to see Lisbon as it seems to be the place to go at the moment. I had 17 days so I decided that a trip to the south to a few beaches would be good to fit in too. I had no idea it would be such a beautiful area and I had a great time there. I flew into Faro which is where the airport is that covers the Algarve, most tourists miss Faro and go straight to their resort but as I had a flight that landed at 11.30pm I decided to book a few days in a hostel there. Le Penguin Hostel is located about a 10-15 minute walk from the old town & bus/train stations it’s a great hostel, very clean, staff nice and friendly and they knew how to get to others towns or the different beaches. They also do evening meals too which were great and good portion sizes and the free breakfast was good with lots of choice. There is a nice outdoor common area that everyone hung out in, a great hostel for meeting other travellers.
My first morning I got up and enjoyed the free breakfast before getting a map. The hostel recommended I go visit the Chapel of Bones, it was near to the hostel and you enter through the Church of Carmo, the chapel is covered in the bones and skulls of monks!! Very strange to see but only 2 Euro, so worth a visit.
I then walked down to the old town, it’s a beautiful area of the city and I walked through the streets, looking at the old houses decorated with fancy tiles and visited my 2nd church of this trip (I had no idea then how many churches I would visit on my trip to Portugal, there are a lot to see!!), Faro Cathedral, it costs 3.50 Euro but is worth going in to climb up the bell tower and see the view of the old city, from there you can see the many stalks and their nests on top of the buildings.
In the afternoon after walking around the town I decided beach time was needed. There are no beaches you can walk to from Faro, you either have to catch a ferry or a bus, so I caught a ferry across to Ilha Deserta for 10 Euro return. Its a beautiful island, with an Eco Restaurant & snackbar. The main beach is very wide and also very long, I couldn’t see the end of it! There are a few sun beds and parasols you can rent or plenty of space for you to put your sarong down and enjoy the sun. After a bit I decided to go into the sea to cool down but was shocked at how cold it was when I put my feet in, I had no idea the sea here would be so cold!! It was as cold as the sea in England!! So I gave up on that idea, went back to my sarong and chilled out until the ferry home.
On the way back to the hostel I decided to stop in peacock park, it’s a local park with lots of peacocks walking around. They were setting up for a beer festival so not too many to see with all the noise!! But worth a visit if you are in the area.
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