ALGARVE PRT I: CRAZY CLIFFS

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Hi there!

Sun, beaches, cliffs and even more sun! That roughly sums up one of the ‘main themes’ of my 6 day holiday (which rimes) in the Algarve region in Portugal.
Together with my mom, dad and sister I have explored a few cities, beaches and viewpoints in the Algarve (mainly the Western half).
And if you’re looking for your next destination, search no more! This. is. it!

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THE CRAZY CLIFFS

One of the most incredible and amazing coastlines I have ever seen is there, in Algarve. The coastline of Algarve is formed by rough rockformations that create beautiful cliffs. We’ve only visited a few coast cities but I’m sure you can find these crazy cliffs almost everywhere (in Algarve).
The cities that we’ve visited variated from really touristical to barely not discovered.

On our first day we visited the most incredible cliffs at Ponta de Sagres and Cabo de Sao Vicente (or cape saint vincent) and Praia de la Rocha. And that’s my top three of cliffs I’ve seen:

1. THE END OF THE WORLD 

At Ponta de Sagres you can visit an old fortress, but that is actually not the main attraction. It’s the incredible and breathtaking view when you stand on the edge of the cliffs that draw all the people to this place.
When you’re standing on these edges it seems like you’re at the end of the world. Right in front of your eyes there is nothing but the sea and the horizon.

2. THE MOST SOUTH-WESTERN POINT OF EUROPE

When visiting Cabo de Sao Vicente you’re also visiting the most south-western point of Europe! At this location the cliffs are (again) magnificent and the view breathtaking. And it’s not that far away (by car) from Ponta de Sagres!
We visited both by car in the same hour. Oh and while driving from one point to the other: don’t forget to enjoy the view your driving by! It’s worth a look.

3. SEARCH AND FIND

We had to walk 30 min. to Praia de la Rocha. There wasn’t a sign that said ‘This way to the beach!’ so we just walked towards the horizon and came across many private roads that led to, not the beach, but giant villa’s. Damnit.
Eventually we found our way to a cliff and it was all worth it! And if you’re adventurous enough you can climb down (make sure it’s a path already travelled by) and relax at a ‘hidden’ beach!

4. ‘THE DOLL’ 

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In Carvoeiro you can follow a wooden path along the coast line and along the cliffs. This wooden path eventually leads you to ‘A Boneca’ (or ‘the doll’ in English). Down the path, closer to the sea you can visit a cave with two ‘holes’ in it. They say that these two holes form the eyes of the doll that looks at the sea.
Oh and tip: nex to the path that leads to ‘a boneca’ there’s also a small lagoon! So you might want to take your swimmingclothes with you, so you can cool down in the fresh sea water after travelling the wooden path.

I already miss the sun, cliffs and the beach!
What’s the most beautiful coastline/beach you have ever seen?

Gwen

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