Exploring the Algarve

Ponta Da Piedade is probably the most photographed spot in the Algarve – You can definitely see why! It’s even more impressive in real life…

It’s located in Lagos, which is around 1.5 hours away from Faro airport.

It’s super easy to reach, we hired a car for the day from Vilamoura to go and explore! It took about an hour, it’s a really easy drive. There’s parking right at the top, with a little gift shop, cafe and toilets. The parking is free, along with visiting Ponta Da Piedade.

There’s a lot to see when you get there. Lots of people stop off, take a quick snap and leave, but we spent most of the day exploring and walking along some of the coastal cliff walks admiring the amazing views. The more you walk, the more you see!

…Just make sure you have sturdy shoes on, Quinn went off cliff walking in his flip flops, I nearly had a heart attack! You could just hear me yelling “Quinn! Be careful, I can’t see you, come back!” (D’ya think he listened? Of course not!)

There are no barriers or anything to stop people falling or slipping, so I’d definitely make sure you have good sturdy shoes on if you want to go off exploring all of the walks and hikes. (I’ve added videos of Quinn’s cliff walking over on my Instagram stories ‘Algarve’)

We walked to the bottom of the 170 steps of Ponta Da Piedade, which is one of the main reasons people come to visit, to see this beautiful little spot…

We were greeted at the bottom of the steps by a man & his little black cockapoo (He was SO cute. He was an adorable salty sea dog!) He asked if we’d like to go on a boat trip to see inside all of the little coves. We didn’t realise the boat trips were a ‘thing’ & we didn’t have any cash on us. Everyone coming off the boat said how pretty it was! It was €20 each for 30 minutes. Definitely worth a look if you’re going.

The Algarve is also home to Praia Da Marinha, which is 1 of the 10 best beaches in Europe voted by the Michelin Guide.

The beach is only accessible via a set of steps that wind their way down the cliffside, but the climb down is absolutely worth it! Praia Da Marinha is still surprisingly quiet, I’m guessing it’s partly because of the walk down & also as we visited in March when it’s much quieter.

Picture Credit: algarvetips.com

We spent 4 days in Portugal, flying into Faro airport and staying in the Laguna Resort, Vilamoura. It was perfect and so quiet, just what we wanted! The vegetarian breakfast was beautiful each day in the Laguna Cafe too. We booked it really last minute through secret escapes, it was £25 each a night. Hugely worth it for our spacious 1 bedroomed apartment!

I wish we had time to visit Estamine Restaurant in Faro. It looks absolutely incredible. It’s located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park….on a desert island! It’s only accessible by a 20 minute boat trip from Faro.

Picture Credit: Estamine Restaurant

Eurasia Restaurant, Albufeira. It has a strong focus on Vegan meals. It’s a buffet style restaurant and is a popular choice in Albufeira! The menu offers a mix of European and Asian influences. There are traditional Portuguese dishes too. (Including meat if you want it!)

Both restaurants were recommended to us, but we just couldn’t schedule them into our plans. There’s always a next time!

Hannah xo



  1. April 1, 2019 / 1:28 pm

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking! I laughed when you talked about Quinn not listening and coming back to where you could see him – men🙄😂 But seriously, I can’t get over how beautiful these photos are and I can’t even imagine how more stunning it is in person! Great post💕

  2. April 1, 2019 / 6:20 pm

    Such beautiful pictures. I love The Algarve, it has such a lovely vibe and feel there

  3. Charlotte
    April 2, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    It looks beautiful, I always wondered where abouts this spot in Portugal is. How far away is it from the airport?

    • HannahSwancott
      April 2, 2019 / 6:55 pm

      It’s about 2 hours away! We stayed in Vilamoura which isn’t far, then to here was just under 1.5 hours 🥰

  4. Kirsty Smith
    April 2, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    Laguna Resort looks so chic and modern. Love places like that!

    • HannahSwancott
      April 2, 2019 / 6:56 pm

      Thanks Kirsty!

  5. April 10, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    The pictures are absolutely gorgeous, this would be a paradise to me!

  6. April 10, 2019 / 9:14 pm

    Omg this is paradise! The more I see pictures like this and read the story, the more I realize I haven’t been anywhere yet (even though I travel pretty often)

  7. April 10, 2019 / 11:42 pm

    What a cool place! That is wild that there is a restaurant in the middle of a desert island. This looks like a beautiful place to explore.

  8. April 11, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    This sounds like a perfect getaway to relax. Is Algarve located in South America?

  9. April 11, 2019 / 4:36 pm

    Oh I love the Algarve, it;’s one of my favourite places and it feels as though it’s a million miles away from home, even though it isn’t! Gorgeous photos!

  10. April 11, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    Beautiful photos of the Algarve! Brings back wonderful memories of the coast, the people and their hospitality. Vegetarian breakfast every day sounds great! I remember that getting vegetarian food when I was in Portugal was a bit of a challenge.

  11. April 12, 2019 / 2:35 am

    It sounds like fun to climb around on the cliffs (just not on flip flips😉). It seems the more I read about Portugal, the more I want to go there!

  12. Josie Brookes
    April 15, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    Oh my goodness – those rock formations are amazing.

  13. April 16, 2019 / 11:32 am

    Stunning place. I wish can visit this place someday..

  14. April 17, 2019 / 4:24 am

    What a beautiful place. It’s been years since I visited The Algarve and would love to return one day 🙂

  15. April 28, 2019 / 6:43 am

    Algarve looks amazing. I think all those pictures are perfect for post cards and Instagram feed!

  16. October 31, 2019 / 6:47 am

    great views. It is a nice place

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