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Great Winter Holiday Destinations

The weather in the UK is now wet and sort of chilly. I hear some parts of the country will be having some snow, which tells you how cold it is at the moment. I find the weather miserable. It is the season where I find myself staying indoors the most thanks to the gloomy weather. If you are in the UK, and are in search of somewhere warm and sunny to explore this season, here are 3 holiday destination ideas for you.

 

Dubai

 

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The Middle East is a great holiday destination all year round, especially now that we are experiencing cold weather. It is usually nice and warm in Dubai. I have visited Dubai several times with the family, and the best time to explore Dubai is between November and March. The weather is warm but not boiling warm during these months. And it is a great place to escape to during the chilly winter months.

 

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There are various activities for everyone in Dubai. We have visited Dubai as a couple before the twins were born, and we have travelled to Dubai with the kiddies twice. It was great fun every time.

 

Muscat, Oman

 

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We visited Muscat Oman last summer. It was boiling hot so we didn’t really enjoy the trip. So I won’t recommend you visit during the summer months. But the weather is a lot cooler this time of the year (just like in Dubai), which makes it another great holiday destination.

There are various family friendly activities, both indoors and outdoors. I would love to go back with the kids during the winter months in future.

 

Algarve Portugal

 

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Algarve, Portugal is another great place to visit this season. We visited in October half term, and had an amazing time. The weather was warm and sunny all the time we were there. We explored the beach and all the city had to offer. The kids loved it. There was a lot to see and do, and we will definitely be visiting again.

 

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It is definitely a city to explore, and get a break from the chilly winter weather. I just checked the weather forecast at Algarve now, and it is a lovely 15 degrees with some sunshine. That would be amazing to have now compared to the miserable 7 degrees with rain here.

 

What do you think of these places? Have you visited any of them before? If I had to pick a favourite, I would pick Dubai for luxury and fun., Algarve for proximity and Muscat for a more relaxed holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Portugal Travel Diaries

Here are the final set of pictures from our half term trip to Algarve Portugal. We also visited Faro and Lagos. It was a fun relaxing trip. We had a great time and I wish I could go back and soak in some more sunshine. The weather in Cheshire has been dreadful lately. How is the weather where you are? This Cheshire weather is making me miss Algarve so much, but I will survive until my next sunny vacation.

 

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While in Portugal, we decided to visit Lagos. We have heard so much about the city so we decided to make the most of our time there. Driving down to Lagos from Algarve. The kiddies always enjoy road trips as long as they are fed and have some form of entertainment. It took us around an hour to get Lagos, thanks to Google maps and our Enterprise rental car.

 

 

View from the Car Park in Lagos Portugal

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The city of Lagos was cool to see. I am happy I got great shots to treasure for life. I could clearly see the similarities between Lagos Portugal and Lagos Nigeria. It was a fun experience all around. We had the opportunity to walk around the centre of the city and soak in all it had to offer. The only issue we had was when the kiddies found a ride they wanted to get on, and us not having our wallets on us. That was the end of our sight seeing. Kids have the power like that….

 

 

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Our ride back to Algarve was ok. Having said that, we found that many roads didn’t have street lights so they were really dark. Good M is an experienced driver and has driven in many countries. I won’t advise anyone who is not very confident driving to drive here as the roads can be very different with lots of roads and uncountable roundabouts. There was a roundabout on almost every single road we went on.

 

 

Goofing around in the centre

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It was a short but fun trip. I know we will be visiting Portugal again in the future. Probably a different part of the country. I love exploring Europe. So far we have been to Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Paris (a few times), Barcelona, Milan, Dublin, Edinburgh, and now I can add Algarve to the list of countries in Europe I have visited. I would love to visit the Scandinavian countries next, maybe that would happened for us next year. M has been to most of the Scandinavian countries I want to visit already because his work takes him all over the world. And he has only good things to say about them.

 

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We spent our last evening at the Beach. It was quiet as most people had left already which was just what I needed. I am not a fan of crowded places, especially beaches and swimming pools. The Kiddies had fun posing for pictures, playing with sand and water. All I wanted to do was to walk around  and admire the beautiful beach. It was even more beautiful in the evening.

 

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And this travel post brings the end of our Portugal Travel Diairies. I hope you have enjoyed reading the short series as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.

Have you been to any part of Portugal? What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a relaxing weekend.

 

 

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Spending Half Term in Portugal

Hey peeps! How are we? We spent some days in the half term week in Portugal and it was a lovely trip. It was our first time in Portugal; we visited the lovely Algarve and it was magical, The weather was amazing, with lots of sunshine, which was just what we needed. Escaping the chilly autumn weather was a great decision. It was an impromptu trip and a surprise for the kids for half term, which was well received.

 

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The flights were smooth with little stress from the kids. I was happy we didn’t have to deal with delays. We kept the kids well entertained throughout both flights with all sorts. I usually sort of dread the flights because I can never really know how the kids would behave but I was pleasantly surprised with this trip. The flight was 3 hours and it went by really quickly. It was a Jet2.com flight going to Portugal and an Easyjet flight flying back to Manchester Airport.

 

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Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort and Hotel Spa

For accommodation, we had the lovely opportunity to stay at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort and Hotel Spa. We were in the Resort section and it was really good. I love the fact that the apartment had enough space for 4 of us, with a living room, bedroom and kitchen. It is a 5 star Resort & Hotel and everything about the accommodation was indeed 5 star quality.

 

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I Love Apartments

When it comes to holidays, I like going for hotels that come in form of mini apartments. Having a little kitchen with a hob, fridge, utensils, coffee machine, microwave and sink is very important. I like to cook little things for the kids while holidaying. It saves money and time, and I am sure they would have good meals, just incase they do not like what is being offered at the hotel.

This Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort and Hotel Spa ticked all the right boxes for me. It is definitely a hotel I would recommend. Checking in was very quick which was nice as we were already knackered from the flight. The house keeping lady was lovely and she did a great job cleaning our apartment and providing us with supplies.

 

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Time off work

We had a great time exploring our new surroundings on our first day. It was such a beautiful place. We had a private pool for our side of the Resort and we had other pools in the hotel itself which we enjoyed too! It was a lovely relaxing holiday. I spent the time doing nothing as planned. All I focused on was the family, relaxing and getting good photos.

Going forward, I would make sure our holidays are like this. We took so many photos, I would need to write another post to show them all off.

 

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Driving around the city

Algarve is truly a beautiful place. We rented a car from Enterprise, so we had the luxury of driving round the city and even to Lagos. The place reminded me of Lagos Nigeria.

Like I previously said, I have so many photos to share so instead of over adding too many photos to this post, I will be sharing a part 2 post with other photos in a few days.

 

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Have you visited Portugal before? Pleaser share your travel experience with us in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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