My name is Yanushka and I have just celebrated the milestone of being at The Villa Agency for one year! It’s been a busy year and the time has flown by, it feels like just last week I was walking through the door for my first day.
When I started here I have to admit to being a complete novice in the travel industry and my knowledge of Portugal was very limited. I knew of the Algarve but had never been and even had to be corrected in my pronunciation of Faro Airport (I was quick in learning it was not pronounced the same as Pharaoh!).
I am still learning each day, however I am happy to report that my knowledge of the different areas of the Algarve and our wonderful villas, along with my grasp of the Portuguese language, is steadily progressing.
I was fortunate enough to visit the Algarve in November and what a great trip it was. We were blessed with gorgeous sunshine and I got to experience the different popular resorts in the Algarve as well as visiting several of our villas.
There were many highlights to my trip and numerous houses which I fell in love with and am already planning to stay at as soon as possible!
Stopping for a coffee at the beautiful marina at Lagos is a must, as is lunch on one of the many gorgeous beaches along the Algarve coast; we stopped at a beach just near Kaza Keamara, a house I wish I could live in forever!
The peacefulness of the Loule hills was a great start to the trip, a complete contrast to the bustling towns of Carvoeiro and Albufeira. Then you have the glamour of Quinta do Lago, with its opulent houses, or the more traditional feel of Praia da Luz and its cobbled streets. I learned how many different sides of Portugal there are; there really is something for everyone.
The best part of the trip though was being able to come back and speak to people about villas with confidence; knowing the locations of the villas and being able to picture the different features we’re often asked about. I can now explain to people my first hand experiences of holidaying in Portugal.