Marie Patterson explores some local favourites and hidden gems not to be missed in Carvoeiro and Portimão

A tourist at home

– December 11, 2023 | Text Marie Patterson | Photos Charlotte Cockayne/Open Media Group

With winter around the corner, on this occasion I decide to embrace some local charms which are a little more suitable to the current time of year.

My Sunday adventure began at the heart-pounding labyrinth of mystery known as Escape Carvoeiro – an escape room that promised, and delivered, an immersive experience that sparked both my wits and my curiosity!

The moment I stepped into the dimly lit room, the anticipation heightened. The puzzles, the enigma, the ticking clock – it all created an exhilarating atmosphere that transported me to another world. Solving clues, unravelling mysteries, and working together with friends made for an unforgettable adventure.

Emerging from the escape room with a sense of accomplishment, I craved a serene setting with a bit of an atmosphere. Tucked away with a discreet charm, Club Nau beckoned with promises of a Sunday vibe like no other.

This beach club, with its panoramic views of Praia Grande beach, is a sanctuary that thrives not only in the summertime but graciously extends its warm embrace through the winter months. The inviting ambiance, coupled with the rhythmic tunes of live music, set the stage for a Sunday retreat that effortlessly blends relaxation and sophistication.

The backdrop of the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean transformed the setting into an absolutely stunning canvas – a reminder that the Algarve’s charm is not confined to the sun-drenched days of summer. At Club Nau, the culinary journey is as enchanting as the view. The menu, a testament to the region’s diverse offerings, boasts an impressive selection from seafood and sushi to burgers and steaks.

As the live music continued to serenade the evening, and the aroma of delectable dishes lingered in the air, I realised that being a tourist at home is not just about discovering new places; it is about rediscovering the magic within familiar surroundings.

The Algarve, with its blend of adventure, relaxation, and culinary excellence, had once again proven that it is a destination that continues to surprise and delight, even for those who call it home.

Author: Inside Magazines

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