Portugal Travel Dairy

So at the end of July, beginning of August I went on holiday to Portugal with my family. A full week of relaxation by the pool and beach, switched off from social media and the normality of home. I've had a very stressful few weeks with things happening in my personal life, and a lot of technical difficulties relating to my blog, and the final edit of it, I truly felt like a break was needed.

We stayed in the Ondomar Hotel, it's four star rating is a true credit as it is beautiful, and we could not have had nicer staff. The location was perfectly set between the old and new town of Albuferia giving us the choice of each for our daily routine.

A lot of our days at the beach were in the old town, here we could listen to the languages of many nationalities, while enjoying the soaring temperatures and the chance to just do nothing. Although I may be stating that I did nothing, I did spend a lot of my time with my head in the book Girl on the Train. This was my favourite holiday read, and it was truly nice to have the chance to just sit and read something I haven't done in a long time.

The old town was my favourite, simply for it's authenticity. I felt like this is where you could really connect with the locals, something as a tourism student I like to achieve every time I travel. There were also so many little boutiques to spoil myself with goodies from, and picking up presents for my boyfriend and his family.

Funny story, as I'm so fair skinned I never get a tan. This time round, not only get tan lines a first in my 21 years of life, I also got burnt pretty early in the holiday, while gaining plenty of new freckles. Being burnt did limit some of the fun I had on a particular day at the beach as I had to cover up, which resulted in a new hat, a fancy fan and the shaded umbrellas. I was some sight I say, plus it happened to my little brother too, LOL!

One night we even managed to catch a concert in the main square, as the town was hosting music festivals all week and it was truly amazing to see. That same night I also managed to find the cutest little store that sold bath products, it was like a Portuguese lush store, I did give in and buy a few goodies!

I also did over indulge in some cocktails while I was away, they were blooming massive, but very much delish!

On our last night we went to a little chapel in the old town, and explored some of the beauty that is hidden in the cobbled streets. We also had our last dinner at this cute little restaurant where we got to eat outside. It was a lovely way to spend our last day. 

This break full of relaxation was just what I needed, and after some serious TLC I've came home happier, more motivated and with a few new freckles. Portugal really is a beautiful place!

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