There is something about taking a holiday that makes me think stop and slow down. But there has to be a balance from nothing to doing something, a ‘slow holiday’. Lonely Planet have placed Portugal in both the 10 Cities and Regions lists to visit in 2017 but I bet when you think Portugal, you think crowded beaches, lots of tourists, and nothing special. Think again.
I went to the Algarve earlier this year with a jam packed agenda of things to do and places to see. From shopping, to sightseeing and wine tasting there are endless possibilities to fit your tastes. But sometimes if you just have no plan you come across some fabulous gems. For me this is what a slow holiday is all about, giving you time to appreciate the beauty and unexpected discoveries that might not be in the guidebooks (which everyone else reads).
Inntravel were established in 1984 and specialise in Slow holidays, where you can discover the lesser-taken path and give you time to enjoy the moment. Tourism nowadays is so competitive and often busy and bustling for the hot-shot destinations, but why not consider a holiday which gets you ahead of the tourist trend and visit before it becomes a tourist hub. Inntravel invited me to work with them on this campaign to uncover the beauty of a slow holiday – varied, colours and characteristics of unspoiled landscapes, such as the Costa Vicentina National Park what is not to fall in love with?
The coast of many colours walking tour is graded as 1-2, which is an easy-to moderate walking with some ascents / descents, and occasional longer days. So walk from hotel-to-hotel with detailed guides and notes on your surroundings without the worry of luggage – it gets transported for you! This is not your usual type of holiday but one worth considering, you can go at your own pace whilst really embrace the surroundings of Algarve around you.
As a firm fan of the sun it takes a lot to sway me to consider new holiday options but the advantages of a slow holiday just grow the more I look into it – go at your own pace, amazing sights, perfect for families, no carrying the luggage as you go from place to place… I could go on but instead why not discover the Algarve in a new way with Inntravel?
*This post is in collaboration with Inntravel.