Albufeira, Algarve, South of Portugal

About Algarve:

Algarve is Portugal’s premier holiday destination. Algarve stretches of the coast – in particular from Faro west to Albufeira – are heavily developed, though even here the beaches are first-rate, as are the facilities. Elsewhere in the Algarve, especially around Sagres and Tavira, the surroundings are more attractive, with laidback resorts and low-key development.

To the west of Vilamoura, you’ll find the rocky outcrops and cove beaches for which the Algarve is best known, especially around the main resorts of Albufeira, Armação de Pêra and Lagos. The coast becomes progressively wilder as you head west, where attractive smaller resorts include the former fishing villages of Salema or Burgau.

About Albufeira:

A beach destination with many different beaches, beach activities, restaurants and nightlife.


How to get there?

Airport: Faro International Airport

OR An easy drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in Algarve of about 2 hours 20 minutes.


Where to stay?



– O Pescador – Sublime Seafood Sensations
– La Cigale (Seafood)

– Alambique (Dinner)
– Yakuza by Olivier – Japanese Fusion
– O Grill – Mediterranean Flavours
– Beach Club Pine Cliffs by Olivier
– Castelo do Mar Bar, Restaurante (Mediterranean)
– La Palacete (Portuguese)


What to do?

1. Beaches

2. Rent a Scooter, and Scoot Around.

3. Segway Tour

4. Caves and Dolphin Watching Trips

5. Rock Formations Tour & Sunset Cruise

6. Fishing

7. Kayaking

8. Horseback riding

9. Golf – Known for its beautiful Golf Courses

10. Luxury Bootcamp – fitness

11. Quad Bike tours in Algarve countryside

12. Walk around and see Old Town

General Tips

  • You must rent a car – everything is not close to another, so a car makes alot of sense
  • I would do Albufeira with another city in Algarve if there for 5 days or so. A typical stay in Albufeira would be a max of 4 nights (and even thats borderline alot…) – You could see Vilamoura as well for example
  • English is widely spoken, the main language is Portuguese and they understand Spanish too
  • Currency is Euro
  • “Praia” means Beach
  • To say Hi, you say Hola. To say Thank you (If you’re a female: Obrigada), If you’re a male: Obrigado) Just like saying it in Arabic “Motashakkir, Motashakkirah” ;p
  • When to Go: The weather is warm enough to visit all year round.

Cheers & Have an awesome trip!!!

Hello965 Team

Hello965 Dead Sea Experience, Jordan.

Traveled via:

Jazeera Airways

Stayed at:

Kempinski Ishtar – Dead Sea


float at Dead Sea, Cover yourself in Mud, Hot Springs in Hamamaat Maeen – Six Senses Spa (Private and Public Areas available), Wadi Mujib (Wild Life, Hiking, Watertrails).

Ate at:

we mainly stuck to eating at our hotel.


2 days is not enough!!

This was my first time in Jordan, I was there for a relaxing weekend at the Dead Sea. Located at the lowest level in the world at below 400 meters, Jordan’s Dead Sea is the deepest sea (lake) in the world at 377 meters deep with 33.7% level of salt which also means that little to no animal life exists and of course, you will be floating.

Day 1. Dead Sea

We aimed for our first day to be as relaxing as possible. We kicked off the morning with breakfast with a view in the Kempinski hotel, followed by around two hours of relaxation, floating, and mud scrubbing at the Dead Sea. After that, we drove to Hammaamat Ma’een which is the area that has the hot springs. We particularly wanted the private hot springs which were inside the Six Senses Spa. Before entering the springs, we had to have Mansaf at the hotel of the Spa! A very nice outdoors area and an absolute beautiful weather. Post lunch, came the spectacular feeling of experiencing the hot springs with an AMAZING one hour Indian head massage; felt like I was in Lala-land.


Six Senses Spa Private Hot Springs

We made sure we leave on time for sun set, as we booked at a place called the Panorama, a table at the balcony outdoors. I can’t describe how beautiful the scenery was. The sun was setting, and live Arabic music was playing. It was just perfect. Must try!

The day ended with a delicious BBQ at the Kempinski outdoors area along with a belly-dancer show.


Day 2. Petra

80 Kilometers south of Dead Sea, we decided to see Petra. I heard soooo many things about Petra. Some good and some bad. However, Petra is Petraone of the New 7 Wonders of the World! So that was enough reason for me to see it and trust me, I was not disappointed AT AL. The entrance fee for Petra is 1 JOD for Arabs, and 50 JOD for foreigners. Make sure you take your ID with you to get those rates. 

Day 2 was a drive from Dead Sea to Petra, which took around 3 hours with some stops at cafes randomly at the street with BREATH TAKING VIEWS. Our taxi driver was amazing, he took us to places that literally took my breath away. The weather was beautiful, I surely do not recommend Petra when the weather is hot; it gets  too hot!


Petra, The Treasury

Normally, the tour takes around 4 hours of walking to finish all Petra, if not even more. Unfortunately, we had a flight to catch that night. So, we had to cut it very short. We reached to the Treasury and back. You could either do it yourself, or hire a tour guide for 50 JOD (Usually less). We decided to do it with a tour guide.

We were on horses at the beginning, and then we continued by walking. There is also an option to get a carriage; while we were walking, we watched horses and carriages kick up clouds of dust as they raced up and down the road to our right, middle and left. Lol



With the infinite blue skies above us, the sun on our faces, and the most intricate rock-cut structures to our left and right, we wanted to take our time and see everything. Unfortunately, we couldn’t. After sitting in front of the Treasury for several minutes, admiring it for all its wonder, we walked back and off to another 3 hours ride to the airport.

For more pictures on our trip in Jordan, checkout our instagram account! @Hello965


secret: I’m scared of horses. This was me challenging myself with a big smile on my face.

Explore, Live & Smile,