Iv lived in Spain for coming up to three years now, and I'll be honest (and a little embarrassed) to tell you and tell you that Iv only just managed to make the trip to zahara
My friends are absolutely shocked by this fact, as its a real favourite place for more or less everyone who lives in this area. About a 30 Minute drive from Tarifa (a super cute beach town, I wrote about it here)
In fact, my lovely friend Anna was so dismayed that I was missing out on the whole Zahara vibe that she scheduled in a Friday lunch date. Aren't friends just the best!?
Zahara is more of a fishing village, much smaller than Tarifa. Smaller but perfectly formed, in that rustic, understated bohemian Spanish way that I have come to adore.
There is so much creativity and ingenuity...
She showed me a little favourite place of hers... 21 restaurant . Tucked away through one of the little streets, its the kind of place you need to know someone who knows about it. Hooray for Anna ( who has kindly taken up the position of Spanish life guide to me)
Its probably one of Zahara's fancier restaurants...But still bohemian and charming.
We took a table outside, nibbled on the freshest just out of the oven warm bread (is there anything better?) and caught up on some good old gossip while we waited for our lunch
I started with the baked brie which was incredible, Followed by the freshest monkfish ever. Zahara is actually known for its fish, as you would expect from a fishing village. And im told the tuna here is out of this world!
Next time I visit ill be sure to show you the beach which is spectacular!
I definitely recommend grabbing a dinner or lunch at 21 if your visiting Zahara, you wont be disappointed
The hubb's and I decided to take a road trip (we love a good road trip) from our home in Spain to Portugal. Just couple of hours on the road and we can officially be on Portuguese soil, seems like an adventure begging to be taken. After our first stop in Lisbon, we headed back on ourselves. First stop on the way was Sagres, or The end of the world as its otherwise known
I have to admit, I was blown away with the incredibly dramatic landscape. Dramatic cliffs, whirling winds and raging seas. Its an intense place
Intense, and oh so beautiful.Its quite hard to put the impact of Sagres into words, but its a place im very glad iv seen.
From Sagres we drove up to Lagos where I finally set my eyes on some of the Portuguese id been desperate to see. It is so interesting to see how the styling changes from Spanish into Portuguese...like two cousins. So similar yet so different
It was quite the whistle stop tour as we had so may towns we wanted to stop into, before arriving at Lisbon and Sintra. So much so that the towns started to merge beautifully into one. From Lagos we stopped at Faro and Silves
Last on this leg of the whilst stop tour was Silves.
Where I met the pink tiled house of my dreams and discovered that the Portuguese have a very creative way of making their electricity boxes stand out
The streets were virtually empty as the clever Portuguese would dare be out in such heat
I have really enjoyed sharing our road trip with you, it was one of our funnest trips yet. Now to plan the one...
Breakfasts at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais are a wonderful thing, so much so I wanted to share our last one with you. Firstly, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. Probably because I rarely have breakfast as i'm normally too busy, so when I do its usually while i'm on vacation and can really luxuriate over it.
On our last day, we took one final walk around the hotel, and gardens trying to preserve the memory of such a lovely place. We found the super cute herb garden, and even learned a few Portuguese words for some of our favourite herbs
We found the super cute herb garden, and even learned a few Portuguese words for some of our favourite herbs
Once we were ready for breakfast, we made our way to the restaurant. Its actually served in the same lovely room as dinner but took on a whole new appeal in the daylight
We were treated to the freshest pastry basket, filled with warm bread and croissants. And the most elaborate table was laid out with every fresh fruit you can imagine. Along with cheeses, cold cuts and freshly squeezed juice all served on the loveliest china
The chef is only too happy to make you breakfast al a carte, so naturally I ordered pancakes too
The prefect ending to a prefect trip to Sintra
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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