If you’re getting married abroad, a love of travel and discovering new places is no doubt at the core of your decision to jet-off and host a destination wedding.
With this united passion for wanderlust in mind, this week sees the start of a new series on the blog: Travel Diaries.
Many of the tremendously gifted photographers that generously share the weddings they have photographed with this blog, also travel the world for destination weddings and of course on personal voyages too.
Travel Diaries will be bringing you stunning snapshots from all of your favourite photographers as they explore every corner of the globe. They’ll also be sharing their experiences, the must-visit hotspots they find along the way and some top travellers tips too.
So, it gives me great pleasure to introduce the first Travel Diaries feature! Michael and Andrea of Bohemian Weddings are as passionate about travel as they are photography. Their atmospheric pictures (shot mostly on film) of their exploration of the unspoilt Algarve will have you longing for quiet white sand coves and the sunshiny days of southern Portugal’s shores.
“We love Portugal, specifically Carvoeiro in the Algarve. I (Michael) often travelled here as a teenager with my parents and more recently have explored the surrounding countryside, coves and beeches with Andrea and our cameras. We like that it’s never overcrowded and still has that village feel. It has a small beach, interesting local shops and some amazing restaurants with great seafood and stone steak.”
“We stayed in a local villa, it’s great to go out of season as its cheaper and still great weather. We ended up with a 4 bed villa just the two of us with private pool. The cost of the hire car and flights (even though they were cheap) were more pricey than the villa cost. It was perfect for some space and relaxation!”
“With our ever growing obsession with film we travelled with our film cameras in September 2014 to search out amazing places full of the glorious light that seems to be everywhere in Portugal! We were meant to be having a relaxing break but we are not ones for sitting still as we like to explore or go on mini adventure. This trip was no exception.”
“The lookout point (Algar Seco) at the top of the village is not only great for stunning views of the coast line and sea below but also contains a little restaurant and cave (the type smugglers might have used in the days of sail ships). The rocks, and sea crashing around in deep pools is mesmerising!”
Praia da Marinha
“Praia da Marinha is by far our favourite beach and viewing point. At close to sunset this place comes alive, the cliff, beach and sea become golden and hazy, its truly beautiful. During the day the beach is the best in the area, its great for swimming and relaxing.”
Ferragudo – Portimao
“Just round the coast from Carvoeiro about 10-15minutes drive is Ferragudo, a small fishing village that over-looks the Port Town of Portimao. There is not a great deal there but it is perfect for exploring the lovely old traditional streets with pastel colours, weathered doors and window shutters.”
Benagil – O Pescador restaurant
“Benagil looks like a tiny beach / mini fishing inlet from the road but is actually hidden and opens up to be much bigger. Most people don’t realise it’s there so carry on past so it’s a great spot to have some space! The fishing boats during the day and at night really make the place. Whilst you are there you must try (O Pescador) for amazing sea food!”
With thanks to Michael and Andrea for sharing their Algarve adventure!