Have you found your happy place ?

Have you found your place yet? We have – a place where the waves roll in, the breeze whistles a sweet tune and the sunset lasts forever. That’s how it feels at least.

Yes, we might find another special spot sometime soon. There’s a big, wide world out there waiting to be explored after all. But for now, we’ll content ourselves with the one we have already. No sense in being greedy.

The big question is, once you find that place, do you want to share it or keep it all to yourself? Maybe if we whisper it, nobody else will hear – Burgau.

It isn’t big, it isn’t glitzy or glamorous but it has got well and truly under our skin.

Burgau may sit on one of Europe’s well trodden tourist trails, but this Algarve village is as far removed from the bright lights of Albufeira and Vilamoura as you can imagine. We like Vilamoura (you can read our post on it here ) – but we’ve fallen in love with Burgau.

A tiny fishing village with just a few upturned wooden hulls and ramshackle boatsheds providing a nod to its past, there’s not too much to describe. A few shops, a small but perfectly formed beach and some of the most unpretentious restaurants (Casa Padaria, for pizza, is small but perfectly formed) and bars you’ll find anywhere in the region.

The Burgau Beach Bar is a picture postcard illustration of its charms. Not too much to look at from the outside, perfect for catching a cool drink and sheltering from the mid-day sun. But as the sun begins to set, there’s a new lease of life for a venue that pulls people in from all directions.

A seat on the terrace gives breathtaking views of the ocean, cocooned by a crescent of cliffs, and provides the perfect backdrop for food that keeps us coming back for more. A menu that’s simple, delicious and most definitely moreish. As the temperatures dip, the blankets come out and you can snuggle in until closing time.

There might be 50 other Burgaus out there waiting to be discovered in the Portugal, but we’re just happy to have found ours.

It clings to the coast of the Western Algarve, not exactly an untapped part of the world but certainly quieter than the more developed eastern stretch.

Centred around Lagos, a walled town that effortlessly mixes the old of the historic centre with the new of the recently constructed marina complex, it’s an area that we feel at home in after three trips in recent years.

There are plenty of other towns and villages spanning in all directions, not all are the most obvious if you go by guidebooks alone. Salema, for example, is a favourite spot – yet it doesn’t boast half the traditional attractions of the more established resorts of Portimao or as many entries in the ‘must visit’ columns as the sufer’s paradise of Sagres, with its legendary waves and laid-back vibe.

 

Why Burgau? Why Salema? That’s the thing, it’s difficult to say. Because of the memories, because of the happy times, the laughter, the sunsets, the lazy days, the long nights, the stars in the sky, the good food, the music, the sunshine. Just because they’re our places.

 

 

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Faye says:

    Sounds like you and your family have found a happy place to stay. You’ve got me inspired here. Keep it up.

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      Thank you -we are enjoying sharing our blog and discovering other great travel ones!

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  2. Happy times, memories and laughter – all the ingredients for a perfect holiday destination. The unexplored places are always the best.

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      I love going to new places and having new adventures but there is also something great about having somewhere you know that just ticks all the boxes for you!

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  3. Notmyyearoff says:

    It looks like an amazing g happy place full of simple and busy and beautiful all at once. I do have lots of happy places but not sure I have just one special place. All of them involve a lot of smiles though!

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      That’s what is all about -smiles and memories! Do love sharing that with our littlies !

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  4. Tanja says:

    it’s lovely 🙂 #mondayescapes

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  5. Lovely – I have found my favourite hotel in the world – Buckingham place. Unfortunately no kids so hall you to share so it will still be there when we can return #mondayescapes http://www.wandermustfamily.com/2016/09/23/buckingham-place-best-hotel-ever/

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  6. Fabulous post and thank for sharing your special spot. I love finding places and thinking ‘we just have to come back’ and knowing you will because it’s gotten under your skin. I hope you can keep returning to find that special something that Burgau has. Thanks for linking with #MondayEscapes!

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  7. WanderMum says:

    We just visited the Algarve during half term and loved it – far more than I was expecting. We were staying the other side of Faro to you but was stuck by how relaxed and beautiful it was. I have a few happy places but this is definitely one of them. #mondayescapes

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      There are still loads of places that we want to explore , Tavira and Ferragudo and cascais and the Silver coast. Holidays are not long enough !

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  8. fifi + hop says:

    Looks SO dreamy..I can see how it’s your happy place. #mondayescapes

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      Thank you -just a lovely place to switch off and relax together -that’s what makes a great holiday for me!

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  9. I’d never heard of Burgau – but I suppose that’s part of its charm, the fact that it’s not well-known. It sounds delightful. #FearlessFamTrav

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  10. Wow looks amazing. Never heard of it but will be checking it out now #fearlessfamtrav

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  11. pinkiebag says:

    Hi, I love Vilamora but haven’t heard of Burgau so I shall be taken by a look. It sounds like a lovely place #brilliantblogposts

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      It really is lovely -great beach, lovely beach bar with fab views and a lovely atmosphere. Worth a wee explore. 🙂

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