A pleasant hour and a half drive from the ferry ports of either Ouistreham/Caen or St Malo, lies a perfect location for those wanting to discover, or revisit, the many tourist attractions of Basse Normandie and northern Brittany, but prefer to return each day to a 'home from home' holiday property in the beautiful Normandie countryside. Away from the hustle and bustle of the larger towns, somewhere to reconnect with nature, relax and truly unwind.
“A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours” John B. Priestly.
We have had friends and family staying with us in recent weeks, and it is a time of exploring the area we now live with fresh eyes – the ‘tourist’ holidaymaker will naturally look for different things from the Algarve as a holiday destination than someone living here. So I thought it would be useful to compile a 7 day plan for things to do, areas to go and explore, and places to eat out – all based on the things we have been doing lately. It’s not an exhaustive list, and I am sure if we planned another week for friends we would do it all differently again – and of course it depends on whether you have children and how old they are – and I’m going to assume you have a car for your holiday – and have been saving up (recommend you have at least 60 Euros per day to spend for a couple – more if you have small people too)
But the following ideas might give you a good starting point – or even give you some new suggestions if you have been here before.
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Steeped in history, Albufeira was initially under Roman rule and was called Baltun during that time. There are even remnants of roads, bridges and aqueducts built by the Romans that can still be seen in present day Albufeira. A slow influx of Moors into the city had taken place over the years. They named the city Ah-Buhera, which meant "castle of the sea."
The mid-1900s was really when tourism started to bloom in Albufeira.