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
What are your favourite places to visit?