First family holiday

I’ve spent the last week in Portugal with Sam and Dougie, our first family holiday. It was such a lovely week, although holidaying with a baby does not lend itself to a chilled, relaxing week by the pool!

We went to Carvoeiro in the Algarve. It was actually where Sam and I went for our babymoon (i.e an excuse to go on holiday before Dougie was born) but we loved it before and had been struck by how family-friendly it was and so decided to return to the area.

We stayed in a different resort this time, we had a lovely apartment and there were several pools, but although the weather was absolutely beautiful, the pools weren’t heated. Sam and I jumped in a couple of times but they were too cold for Dougie – he managed a paddle, but it was a shame as he loves swimming!

Carvoeiro is a gorgeous holiday destination, both for families, couples and friends. It’s got a good selection of bars and restaurants but it’s very laid back. There are loads of beaches in the area, we got a car for a couple of days and drove up the coast a bit, but we had a couple of lovely beaches in walking distance.

Praia de Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro beach is beautiful, and there is a gorgeous cliff top walk you can do to reach it. Dougie had his first time on a beach – he liked sand and did not like the sea.

Travelling with a baby was pretty exhausting, and made the trip a very different experience. Dougie was absolutely brilliant on the plane, I think the change in his routine threw him a bit and we had some pretty rough nights, but overall he was amazing. Holidaying with a young baby meant early dinners, sitting in the shade playing games and pulling silly faces, facilitating nap times and absolutely no time to lie by the pool reading a book and adding to my freckles, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I mean, I could have done with fewer 2am screaming fits, but other than that!

Praia da Salema

Praia de Odeceixe Mar
We spent most of the time exploring the area, visiting different beaches and just enjoying spending time together. The weather was glorious and as we were there the week before Easter holidays, it was pretty quiet which was nice. It’s definitely somewhere we’d go back, especially when Dougie is a little older.

 

What are your favourite places to visit?