Day 9.  Our final day in the Algarve

There was plenty of time to relax over breakfast before checking out of our hotel.  We’d arranged a transfer back to Faro airport as it wouldn’t have been possible to return by public transport on a Sunday morning.

My healthy breakfast course!
This has been our first holiday in the Algarve, would we return ?  Yes, we certainly would.  The coastline along the western Algarve is beautiful and the little towns we visited were charming, Praia da Rocha being the only resort with high rise hotels that we came across.  Lagos, our base for the week was both stylish and charming and made a perfect starting point for trips out with its rail and bus terminals.

The outdoor pool, Tivoli Hotel,Lagos
Our hotel The Tivoli. Lagos had attractive public rooms, the outdoor pool pictured above had comfortable sun beds on its sheltered terrace and combined with the leisure club’s indoor pool, sauna and steam room had good facilities.   Our room had a spectacular view over the marina and was functional, spotlessly clean, but was overdue for an upgrade having a dated feel.  We didn’t dine in the restaurant so I’m unable to comment on dinner but we felt the breakfast was mediocre.   There was a good selection of continental style cold meats, cheese, yoghurts and fresh fruit but the cooked dishes were unappetising, rubbery fried eggs, inedible sausage and greasy streaky bacon so after the first couple of days we opted out of the hot food.

Splendid Portuguese architecture, Lagos
The Tivoli markets itself as a golf hotel and at least half of the guests staying this week were golfers.  At breakfast they could be spotted in their smart, brightly coloured matching polo shirts and around the bar in the evenings talk was more often than not about missed opportunities on the par 3 or the birdie on the 7th hole.   The hotel’s close proximity to the marina and old town was ideal and taking all things into consideration, I would be happy to return to this hotel on a future visit to the Algarve.

Our flight with the budget scheduled airline Monarch was on time and in just under three hours we had returned to overcast skies and a drop in temperature from 23 degrees to 12 so our coats had to be worn for the onward journey home.

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29 thoughts on “Day 9.  Our final day in the Algarve

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    1. Thank you Susan, it’s pleasing to read that you have enjoyed my Algarve posts. I’ll look forward to reading about your visit to Washington DC. We visited there 26 years ago as, at that time, I had a friend who lived in Laurel, Maryland and we toured round with her for a couple of weeks visiting the Smithsonian, Arlington and other DC landmarks. I remember it was 1990 as our son was under two then.

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    1. Hi Kristin, I would say Lagos is perfectly suited for single people as well as families. When we travelled there were few children around as it wasn’t school holidays. Portugal in general and including the Algarve is still very affordable and is probably one of the best value destinations in Europe. I hope you have an opportunity to visit!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your travels and educating me on the Algarve. A solid dose of sunshine is a good thing to have before you start the wet, gray season. At least that’s how it is up here between Vancouver and Seattle. Happy Holidays!

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