New Year's Eve in the Algarve – by road trip on the road… Shortly before the end of the year I would like to use the "travel-free" time to take you once again on this great trip – our last New Year's Eve in Portugal. Because on our travel program, at the end of last year, an Algarve road trip through Portugal was on the agenda.
Of course you can start such a road trip not only at New Year's Eve at the coast of the Algarve in Portugal.
Faro: Start and end of our Portugal road trip
Our trip started on 26. December and ended on 4. January at the airport in Hamburg. From there we drove to and from Faro in Portugal.
In Faro at the airport our rental car for our tour along the Algarve was already waiting for us. By the way, we had booked our package quite spontaneously, only at the beginning of December. We are rather flexible.
By car we went with the sunset, at about 20 ° degrees, from Faro to our hotel in Portimao. The driving time was approx. 30 minutes. The hotel was supposed to be our base for our tour through a part of Portugal. Normally we just travel and book our accommodations from the road, but due to the short notice (during the vacation season) it was almost impossible to book "just a flight" anymore. Therefore we decided for this compromise, hotel apartment (with kitchen) and breakfast.
-> Fancy a detailed Faro travel report? Then read our article "Algarve Roadtrip – Faro Tips& Info"
Around the bay of Portimao
Fit and rested we set off the next day on a first exploration tour through Portimao, along the beach to Carvoeiro to the Boardwalk and the Algar Secco.
Of course we were drawn, with pleasant 22° degrees, first of all to the beach and the sea… and what is such a real north German family, we even found the way into the water for a short time.
The bizarre rocks in yellow, orange, beige and light brown tones on the coast of Portugal are impressive. Near Portimao you can admire them everywhere of course. A special tip, especially as a family is the corner around Carvoeiro. The small town is located in a small bay. The colorful little houses invite to cafe, shopping and treats. Above the village is the Boardwalk. An adventure and discovery trail in the middle of the rock walls of the rugged coastline. Together we climbed for hours through the rock walls.
But in the late afternoon we went a little bit further to the lighthouse 'Farol de Alfanzina'. Here we walked a little along the coast, listened to the sound of the waves and later admired the sunset.
At the end of the day we went back to Portimao. We walked a little bit through the city, discovered the market halls (which we also visited in the next days) and stopped at a sushi restaurant to finish our trip. Not very Portuguese… but tasty! 😉 For SPANESSi it was even the first visit in a sushi restaurant and he couldn't get enough of it.
-> Cool, a walk on the Boardwalk experience path is completely free of charge – fancy more free excursion tips in the Algarve?
New Year's Eve in Portugal: Algarve Road Trip on our own account
In the next days we really crisscrossed the Algarve – as you would expect for a proper Algarve road trip. We explored small towns like e.g. Albufeira, Ferragudo and Olhao.
Of course we also went to the most southwestern point of Europe. In the high season the legendary "last bratwurst before New York" is waiting here. In the low season rather bad fries… and of course the always impressive view from the Cabo de Sao Vicente.
Impressive is also the view from the castle ruins with cathedral in Silves or the worn dune landscape behind the Cape Cabo Pontal in Carrapateira.
A completely different picture of the Algarve shows itself in the nature park of the Ria Formasa. The rocky coast is not to be found here. In the east of the Algarve you will find he kind of lagoon landscape with mudflats and long beaches. Here the ebb and flow have a noticeable influence on your appearance.
Top: End of December / beginning of January starts in Portugal the harvest of the oranges. These are also sold directly on the roadside. For a net with about 15 oranges you pay only about 3.50 euros. Our car always smelled of oranges, because they were our favorite break food.