MAR d’FORA, Portugal

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Tucked away on the cliff top in Praia de Paraiso, Carvoerio, it boasts a gorgeous set up with stunning views of the sea and surrounding area. If you decide to visit for dinner you can sit outside on the veranda and watch the warm blends of purple, orange and red as the sun sets, it’s beautiful.

We (friends of mine and I) were lucky enough to discover MAR d’FORA whilst taking a tour of the town on a little train. This was perhaps the most exciting find on the tour, it definitely made it worthwhile. We booked to go for dinner on our last night of the holiday to celebrate the great week that we had had and it did not disappoint.

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The menu had a great selection of starters, mains and desserts with plenty of fresh fish options. The waiter asked if we would like to see which fish they had available that evening so we obliged. Before I knew it the waiter appeared behind me with a tray. Wait a second, something just grazed my arm.. OMG the lobster was alive. Safe to say I have never been presented with a tray of fish, let alone a live lobster. I think all of us around the table were quick to say no to that! It was an interesting experience none the less. We ordered some bread and olives to start whilst we studied the menu some more before coming to a decision, although it was a no brainer for me.

Alice ordered the lamb with potatoes and vegetables in a gravy which was succulent and tasty. Emma, Callum and Jack opted for the Tuna steak presented on a risotto bed accompanied by carrots and a jus. The Tuna was perfectly cooked and fell apart easily, the risotto creamy and full of flavour. Having read a review online I chose the fettuccini with shrimp and clams which the waiter said was a great choice! He wasn’t wrong – the dish was full of flavours with a bit of a spicy kick.

We all had a fantastic evening; great food, great wine & great company. The waiters made us feel very welcome, provided giggles and moments of surprise! Perhaps next time I will be brave enough to try the lobster…

I would definitely recommend visiting this restaurant if you ever find yourself hungry in Carvoerio. Enjoy and please share any of your own experiences!

Summer has arrived

And so the holiday season begins, my absolute favourite time of the year. Everyone’s so much happier, there’s such a feel good vibe in the air and the obligatory holiday snaps don’t go a miss. This week I’ve been sunning it up in a small town called Carvoerio, situated in the Algarve, Portugal with some friends. We stayed in a beautiful villa just a 10 minute walk from the town which was perfect for getting to the shops, restaurants and bars. We spent the first couple of days lazing by the pool, topping up our tans (or burning for some of us) eating and of course there was a bit of drinking as well.

When it hit 6pm, it was in the shower and ready to take the evening by storm. We strolled into town looking at the restaurant menus, deciding what we would like to eat – there was so much choice. Afterwards we made our way through a selection of bars including local favourites Round Up (insane karaoke nights), Carvoerio bar and Bar Six before ending up in Mungo’s most nights for a boogie.

Sadly, from Wednesday onwards the weather was cloudy with rain and thunderstorms but this wasn’t going to stop us from having fun. We decided to go for a walk along the coast which took you to a lovely little restaurant in the middle of some rocks and a cave. I wasn’t so sure about the crooked brown boardwalk but we made it there safely and the views were worth it! We had some lunch and sangria before exploring the cave and climbing on the rocks. Luckily the rain held off.

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Throughout the next couple of days we rested, cooked food in the villa, drank and watched some movies. I was also trying to catch up with Game of Thrones – almost there but not quite, agh! On Thursday the sun came out in the afternoon so Callum, Alice and I decided to go into town and explore. We caught the local train which took us on a tour of the town. To be honest there wasn’t a whole lot to see besides the beach and town centre which was small but it was a lovely ride and we got to nosey at some lovely villas. We also spotted a gorgeous restaurant that we ended up in on our last night.

PortimaoNot wanting to waste our last full day in Portugal we caught the local bus to Portimao – the next nearest town. It had a lovely harbour which we walked along, following the other tourists and locals. 45 minutes later, after walking through a ferry port and down some random roads to our surprise we arrived at the beach! It was a great find. There were people playing volleyball and other sports, it was buzzing. On our walk back to the bus stop later on we took a different route in a bid to find the town (that was apparently a 5 minute walk away). We were unsuccessful this time but we still enjoyed our little adventure.

So that really sums up my week in Carvoerio. I had a great time and definitely feel refreshed and ready to seize the week ahead. It helps that we came back to 25 degree heat in England too! For more snaps check out my Instagram or FB.

Where are you going on holiday this year?