For once, you have left your kids behind to take a well-deserved break with your other half in this beautiful part of southern Portugal. Being generous parents, you can let them know you’re having the time of your life by sharing your daily moves. The area is so fabulous we bet your teenagers won’t be able to resist the temptation of checking out your insta-feed.
Show your kids you do know what a selfie is
Start your road trip in Faro, the capital of the Algarve region. You can visit one of the old town historical landmarks, such as the arches of the Sé Church. From there, head south of the city to Ilha Deserta and take pictures at the remote sandy golden beaches stretching against pristine waters.
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Faro, 8000-222 Faro
Remind them there is a beautiful world outside their bedroom
Check the imposing Rococo Palacio de Estoi, 6 miles (10 km) south of Faro. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the pink facade of this ancient palace turned into a hotel. Once inside, you will be dazed by the rich opulence, the exquisite crafted rooms and the profusion of stuccoed ornaments, mirrors, and magnificently painted ceilings.
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Rua São José, Estoi, 8005-465 Faro
Let them know you have an inner sense of adventure
An hour west from Faro, Benagil is a small fishing village made famous for its gorgeous sea cave, the ultimate Instagram hot spot of the Algarve. You can either paddle there or hop on a boat to discover the cave and snap a great picture in a seemingly relaxed pose.
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Estrada de Benagil, Lagoa 8400-427
Wear the matching printed shirts they are so embarrassed by
Lagos is literally a dreamy world of optical perfection. There is the historical centre, the imposing Moorish walls, the lovely hiking trails. Oh, and the wondrous beaches… If climbing a few stairs doesn’t put you off, try the Praia do Camilo; for another unmissable landmark, you can also visit Ponta da Piedade stunning rock formations.
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Rua da Costa D’Oiro, Lagos 8600-544
Subtly tell the youngsters you can be fun parents
Before returning your vehicle in Vila Nova de Milfontes, stop at Odeceixe on the west coast of the Algarve. The little-known village with its quaint white houses and red roofs is quiet and pleasant. And if you happen to be there in June, take the opportunity to walk around the village to admire the coloured pennants and garlands that adorn the streets during the Popular Saints Festivals. As your visit is drawing to a close, immortalise some magic moments on another drop-dead gorgeous beach, Praia Odeceixe, only 2 miles (4 km) away….
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Odeceixe, 8670 Aljezur