We are coming for a holiday in June, and are staying in Mouraria - can anyone tell me about the place? Also anyone eaten at Vila Joya? Is it excellent ???
Many thanks in advance
ps. also looking to hire 3 lifejackets for small children - any ideas?
Mouraria is placed between Albufeira and Ferreiras. In a general way it is an area calm and relaxing.
In relation to the Vila Joya, it is one of the hotels with better fame in Algarve. It is driven by a German and she has excellent quality standart.
In relation to the Lifejacket, I apologize but I don't know where it will be able to hire. I know that there are hotels that hire them to their customers.
Hello! For our summer holidays in Potugal this August, we will spend 7-10 days on the Algarve coast. What resort is to be highly recommended as a relaxing base, from where we can go for some days trips to places of interest, but relax and chill out. I absolutely want to avoid over-built up parts of the Algarve and am looking for a well town-planned, pretty town with amenities and great beaches. Thanks for your help !!
I have stayed at the Sheraton Algarve and the Rocamar in Albufeira. The Sheraton is a beautiful resort and the Rocamar is a cliff top hotel in town. There is parking at the Sheraton and street parking at the Rocamar. Albufeira is pretty much central in the Algarve.
Looking to avoid an over built up area, a pretty town AND with local amenities. Crikey I don't think that exists in the Algarve. You will find all towns have at least some areas that are very built up. A central spot, I would choose albufeira as above which is big enough to have an outskirts which is not too bad although I prefer LAgos which I think is less cramped yet it is a bit further west. I suppose it deoends where you want to visit. Saleema is a nice village to visit further down the coast but there is very little there so best for a visit only.
If money is no problem stay in the Quinta do Lago zone, in Almancil, or Vale do Lobo ( Meridien Dona Filipa).
But the best of all is the Villa Joya :http://www.vilajoya.de/, with a private beach and a 2 star Michelin restaurant.
Vila Joya is Heaven, great call
I recently travelled to Albufeira and had a great holiday. We stayed at the newly built solaqua apartments which are great value and in an ideal location inbetween the old town and the strip. It's located close to a couple of tour operators which were offering tours to Seville, Gibralter, Faro etc. There are plenty of places to visit on a day trip or half day tour. There are lots of different beaches which we walked to.
I'm going to Portugal in early September, and am looking for a nice, peaceful beach either near Lisbon or in the Algarve. Right now I'm considering Lagos or Sagres (I think Albufeira might be too crowded and touristy for me). Does anyone have any thoughts on Lagos, Sagres or other nearby beaches? Thanks!
lagos is a real party spot with lot´s of bars, so that is probaply not your kinda place.
sagres has nice beaches, but the town is not that nice.
in between lagos and sagres you have a small place called salema.
that village is more likely to make you happy i think.
the portugese west coast is packed with excellent beaches with much fewer tourists than the south because the sea ia colder there.
zambujeira do mar is a good place to start if you are looking for hidden little beaches on the portugese west coast.
The beach west of Vila Joya was nice. www.vila-joya.de
In September almost all Algarve beaches will be crowded. But I think the most peaceful beaches are in eastern Algarve, around Tavira (Tavira island is one of the best, but access is not that easy, only by boat, what means that there are less people)
Near Lisbon, you have a nice are from Troia to Sines, in the atlantic coast, a part of it being on a peninsula, with dozens of kilometers of beaches, many of them almost empty if you walk a little. Troia, Comporta and Carvalhal are some of them. If you want further information to help you deciding, say something.
Another nice beach that you may wish to consider is at Alvor in the Algarve. This is a long sandy beach that stretches for miles and you won't have any difficulty finding yourself a quiet stretch of sand here in September.
I agree with Claus re Lagos. It is very touristy and will not satisfy your desire to escape the tourist crowds!
Thanks so much for all of your suggestions!!! I'm going to skip Lagos/Sagres, and investigate some of the places you mentioned.
Joao (or anyone else): How difficult is access to the island of Tavira (i.e., how long a boat ride)? That might be a good option for me, since I am headed for Sevilla afterwards.
It's a short ride from Tavira, about 15 minutes. I tried to find boat timetables, but I didn't find yet. But if you are going in September, there are plenty of them.
Visit these links, may me useful:
Thank you so much!!!
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