When one of my oldest friends flew into Portugal for her 40th birthday, it seemed like the perfect time to check out Casa Mae, a new hotel in the Algarve I’d been curious about for some time. Casa Mae invited us for two nights to enjoy the hotel, Lagos, and their super special Friday night dinner based around ingredients special to the Algarve. I’d honestly heard lots of mixed things about the Algarve (I’d never been) and that there are lots of tourist traps to avoid. However, we found some super special spots using Casa Mae as our base. With oranges, hibiscus, and oleander scenting the air, charming stucco backstreets, jaw-dropping coastline, it’s hard not to get sucked into this magical place.