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.


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  • Jessica Kennedy

    Cuuuute photos! The weather looks amazing! xXx

    • Thanks! It really was! Xx

  • Chelsea Hodges

    What a cute trip aw, and your baby is adorable! It’s great that you capture the memories with these photos. My favorite place to vacation would probably be Hawaii or anywhere tropical!

    • Oh I’d love to go to Hawaii! Xx

  • aww he is the cutest! your pictures are amazing! portugal sounds so nice!. Sounds like an amazing holiday! I want to go on a holiday too! xx Corinne

    • I want another holiday already! Thank you, it was lovely 🙂 xx

  • Oh my god that looks and sounds amazing! I would love to go there because it looks amazing and the weather looks lush. Aww Dougie is so so cute, bless him. I hope you all had a lovely time! also, your blog is so pretty! x

    sami |

    • Thank you! That’s so lovely to hear! The weather was gorgeous!

  • Mel

    Those photos are beautiful! Portugal is lovely. I’ve been a few times and I love it.

    • Thank you 🙂

  • Thank you lovely 🙂 the blue sea was extremely inviting but also extremely cold – the sound of the waves scared Dougie!

  • This looks like such a fun and cute family holiday!
    Alicia x

    • It really was 🙂 xx

  • Ah, these are such cute photos!

  • Oh wow, Jamaica would be amazing to visit, I’m jealous!

  • Chloe

    It looks like you had a great time, and the holiday looks so picturesque! I can’t get over how adorable Dougie is! x

    • Eee thank you!

  • These photos are soo cute – looks like you had a great time! x

  • Steph – Wanderlust Pulse

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen! You’re such an adorable little family!! x

  • Maria

    All of these pictures are beautiful! It looks like you had a great time.
    She Blushes

  • What gorgeous photos you have to treasure forever! It looks like you had a fab time xx

    Sophia xx

  • It looks like you had an amazing time and the photos are stunning! Dougie is so adorable too, honestly the cutest x

  • Ellis Woolley

    Oh my goodness! These are such gorgeous photos and your beautiful baby boy is simply adorable! This post has made me want a holiday so badly :’D it looks absolutely stunning in Portugal – would love to visit as I’ve never been! Ellis x x

    • I’d definitely recommend it as a holiday spot! We went there as a couple before Dougie was born and absolutely loved it – pretty chilled and really beautiful! Xx

  • Awww such lovely pictures, it looks a gorgeous place! Dougie is such a cutie too, his lil face on that last one 😀 ahhh I know those 2am screaming fits, fingers crossed our babes will sleep better as they get older! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • Oh I hope so, exhausting babies! Thank you! Xx

  • Jodie.Mitch

    This is so sweet! The Algarve is gorgeous and Dougie is SO CUTE OH MY GOD

    • Haha thank you! And yes, it’s such a beautiful location!

  • Jasmin N

    OH MY GOODNESS, this was way too adorable read! We’ve been thinking a lot about traveling with a baby, especially when both of us are that kind of people who find it pretty hard to stay home a full year or more haha. This gave me motivation and inspiration at the same time, maybe we could also do this. Travel with a baby. Hmm… 😀
    There is just so many things to consider before doing so 😀

    ♥ Jasmin N
    // Little Things With Jassy

    • There is a lot to consider, I was pretty nervous about it, but it was so so worth it – give me a shout if you ever want any other tips on travelling with a baby! Hels xx

  • Aw what a sweet holiday! It sounds like you have a really lovely time despite it not being super relaxing hehe. The last photo is just too adorable for words! xx

  • HonestK

    You blog is beautiful! So glad I stumbled upon it 🙂 I’v been thinking of taking my 20 month on her first abroad holiday this year, I’m pretty apprehensive, but looking at those adorable pictures makes me want to book a flight right now!

    • Ahh thank you so much! I’d definitely recommend it, it was such a lovely thing to do together, and so fun watching him touch sand and see the sea! I’ve written a post about travelling abroad with a baby on Emma’s Diary blog, or I’m always around if you have any questions about travelling abroad with your little one!

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