More about The Old Village Apartments
Quaint little place
Aparthotel situated 2min driving (10-15 min walking) from Vilamoura centre and Marina. Old Village has a series of fully furnished aparthotels divided in little groups of 40 or so apartments mostly around a pool, but even if yours is not next to it you are still given a card to use the pools.
There is a supermarket and a few bars and restaurants in the premises, an estate agent who also books tours so quite handy. Everyone speaks english everyone is english... lol
Sorry not sure about price as we got a special friends' price but i guess it must be around 80 to 100 euros not more.
Hi, it’s me again! My family and I have just returned from a two week holiday at the Old Village, Vilamoura. If any of you read my rather long ‘fact file’ last year, then I promise to keep this one shorter!
We arrived on the morning of the security scare affecting all airports, fortunately because our flight was the first one out of Birmingham, we did not experience a flight delay. As promised by Celia at the Nova Algarve reception we were allocated accommodation close to the small pool. We had a two bed roomed Duplex property which had everything you needed, as with most of the properties the kitchen was fully fitted and there was satellite TV. We had a pretty garden complete with a bar- b- q and a very hot roof top sun terrace. The only downside was the stairs, they were very narrow and with there being no hand rail you found yourself walking up and down them very carefully. Not very suitable if you have difficulty walking or you have very young children.
Once again, we ate at the Princess Gardens Restaurant and couldn’t fault it, definitely worth going even just once to experience a delicious meal in wonderful surroundings. The Old Village Inn is still popular and we had a very well cooked roast chicken dinner for only 9 euros each. Half way through the holiday two restaurants on site had their licenses taken away which prevented them from preparing meals other than snacks. This created more work for the Old Village Inn and their other restaurant in the square, often not being able to cope with the demand. Last year on the complex there was a lovely Italian Restaurant, but sadly it is now closed. The Bar Nautico still offers a take away service for Chinese, Indian and Italian food.
This year we hired a car for three days, (135 euros)I might add I didn’t do any of the driving! Glad we did as it enabled us to get out and about a little. A word of warning though be very aware at all times and don’t take your eyes off the road for a minute! The road markings leave a lot to be desired could seriously do with a lick of paint. The pedestrian crossings are in some parts barely visible making it difficult for motorists and pedestrians alike.
Recommended places to eat
MayflowerOverlooking the Marina, good grilled sardines, very reasonably priced might have to wait a while though.
Ostra DouraDelicious food, especially the Kebabs, also specialise in sea food. Prices similar to the Princess Gardens. Very friendly staff.
Casa do PescadorOne of our favourites, half the price of the above, delicious food, good menu and staff also very friendly. Gets busy so advisable to pre book a table.
O VitoriaMore of a family restaurant, very popular. Food also delicious, if you like pasta dishes try this one.
Good place to have a drink
Figo’s BarOverlooking the Marina, can watch the world go by without paying for the privilege.
Places to visit.
SilvesA lovely Medieval town about a 40 minute drive from Vilamoura. Visit the Castle, Museum and a busy fruit market. Delicious meal of grilled sardines, a huge bowl of new potatoes and salad all for £20 for three people.
AquashowTook about 30 minutes. A great water park with good rides. Throughout the day there are Birds of Prey demonstrations and Parrot shows. We felt this one was better than Splash and Slide.
Roma Mini Golf, VilamouraTwo 18 hole courses to choose from, very popular and well worth going to on the way to or back from the Marina.
Quarteira Market Held every Wednesday, be sure to get there early, gets very busy. We booked the car hire through Alternatives Reception at the Old Village, who seem to open earlier than Nova Algarve. We were also able to book a taxi to the market earlier. The cost was 6 euros. Worth visiting, if only once.
To close, I don’t want to end with a moan so I won’t! But if I had to complain about one thing it would be the sun beds! To hire them it costs 1.50 euros for a morning or afternoon session. This we knew from last year, but the quality of the beds have somewhat diminished and we found ourselves expected to pay for beds that once you lay on them fell straight to the floor! Once again, it was still not easy to find a bed as the customary towels were duly placed on them probably at the crack of dawn! Half way through the holiday signs were put up in all three pools banning Ball games, no inflatables and no diving (the last one I agree with) but how mean is that to stop youngsters having some fun in the water. However, we did notice that Portuguese families with children the notices were duly ignored!! Oh another thing along the same vein. There are signs up all around the complex stating No Pets, No Bicycles, No Ball Games, No damage to gardens. Yes, you’ve guessed if you’re Portuguese it doesn’t really matter. We saw an Alsatian, a little white puppy, a cat and wait for it, a rabbit in a cage! Ah well ‘o que’
All in all, we have returned home fully relaxed after having enjoyed the food and numerous bottles of wine. We have met some lovely people during our stay. We will certainly visit Portugal again, but perhaps not the Old Village as we found that it does not really cater for teenagers more suited to families with young children and couples.
Did I say I would keep it short!!!
Don't Miss Tras-os-Monte Gastronomy
Well, if you want a really good and typical restaurant don't miss D. Roberto restaurant. It is located 5 km from Bragança, on the way to Quintanilha, in Gimonde, the old village of three bridges.
You just look my photo; it is a medieval house with wood balconies and the inside with a beautiful decoration with old typical objects, just the perfect environment to have a great dinner.
This restaurant is famous because the called Posta transmontana, it is gorgeous meat of the local cows.
You can see pics of the inside and outside on its webside but the info is in Portuguese.
MAGYARORSZÁG - sites in UNESCO's World Heritage...
Magyarország has eight sites in the World Heritage List:
- Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue (1987, 2002);
- Old Village of Hollókö and its Surroundings (1987);
- Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst (1995, 2000) *;
- Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment (1996);
- Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta (1999);
- Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae) (2000);
- Fertö/Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (2001) *;
- Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape (2002).
i stayed in the old village apartments a few years back with my wife, and family , needless to say everybody and i mean everybody had a fantastic holiday while staying there, the staff were very polite and helpful. The location is fanatstic. WELL DONE OLD VILLAGE, SEE YOU AGAIN SOON.
Dean From Essex
The Old Village is a wonderful place to stay in Vilamoura, although it is a large complex it has an acutal 'Village' feel to it.
The amenities such as the Restaurants, swimming pools and Jafers Supermarket on site is a bonus.
We also booked direct with Premier Direct, we got a studio since there were only the two of us, and it was a really nice and clean apartment. I was in shock for two days at how lovely the place was considering that we only paid £250 for the apartment for the week!
The walk to the marina takes about 10mins from the Village, However the taxis cost around 4-5 euros each way, but there is a well lit pathway across the road, should you want to save the euros for Super Bocks...
The Princess Garden restaurant (aka CJ's) on-site is a must, the food is absolutely gorgeous, although slightly pricey but definately worth it!!!
This has been my first visit to Portugal and i shall definately be returning to the 'Old Village'. I Loved It!!!
Is a nice place to stay if you want an selfcatering apartment. The apartaments are lovely and very clean. Is a calm place with bars and a good restaurant. There are a suprermarket too. Tlr worst is the swiming pool.There are two swiming pools but is not enought.
Is not near the beach or centrum of Vilamoura but there are a litle train. By night there are no animaticion and Vilamoura is 3Kms away! is essencial have a car or take a taxi. I recommended Old Village for couples with children.
Fantastic - we'll definitely be back!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Old Village in August 2006. We were a bit apprehensive about what to expect having not self catered abroad in a long time and having been disappointed with recent hotels we stayed at.
I'm glad to say that when we got there we quickly realised we had no need to be worried! The complex is set inland from the marina area (about 3 mins drive, walkable in 15 mins probably) and is generally very quiet. From what we saw, there is clearly a large variety of apartments on offer, both in terms of size and style. The whole place was very well kept and very attractive all round.
We stayed in the 'Old Village Prestige' part, which is a smallish block of what look to be very new apartments. Ours had two balconies and a private roof terrace and it overlooked the pool which is just for people staying in that part of the complex. The apartment was stunning, with everything we needed. Being away from the other main pools meant it was very quiet and the peace was rarely, if ever, shattered.
Its all down to which apartment you're in really. Some might be run down due to neglect, we were lucky to get a new one. If you can get one in the prestige part, then you will not be disappointed.
Beautiful, quaint, relaxing, great place.
We stayed, my wife and four children two boys 17, and two girls 15, 14, in a beautiful three bedroomed apartment overlooking the main pool, with direct access to the pool, can i just say this is the most relaxing holiday we have had for years, the weather helped in the high twenties most days, and enough for the kids to do with five golf courses around us, plenty of shopping for the girls, and the main vilamoura marina a short fifteen minute downhill walk (do get a taxi back though about 4 euro). The Old Village itself is superbly clean, and very efficiently run, with a few bars and restaurants within its complex, you must however explore the fantastic resurants in the marina, we ate at a different place everynight and could not fault the service, the food or the price, about £100 per night for six with drinks, to sum up if you want something reasonably priced that is extremely upmarket choose the Old Village, you won't be dissapointed see you next year.
"The Old Village Apartments"
We were looking for a short(ish) flight from Glasgow, as we have an 8 year old who hasn't flown much. We also wanted a fresort that was handy for the airport for transfers.
The resort is fantastic as was the complex we stayed in. We used taxis quite a lot to go to the Marina, this cost less than 5 euros a time, and was the quickest way.
The Marina is a great place for 'people watching'
the old village of Gmunden
old village of Piodão in Serra de Açor
Repairing the pavement
Old Village Apartments - Vilamouri
I am sure its in Vilamouri - that or Albafura. Im looking for pictures and reviews from THIS site. I have seen the same pic on many sites before - the front of the hotel lol. I want to read reviews on it.
RE: Old Village Apartments - Vilamouri
I don't know exactly what you're looking for, but you should write Vilamoura or Albufeira.
RE: Old Village Apartments - Vilamouri
Of course it is Vilamoura and reviews can be found on this link http://www.holidaywatchdog.com/15362-Vilamoura-Old_Village_Apartments-Holiday-Review.html or
Old Village Apartments in Vilamoura
There are 10 of us coming over in 2 weeks. Looking on the net i cant see much about the apartments we are staying in. Has anyone stayed there or got tips on their profile?
How far to the beach and local amenities? Is it a good bit to stay? Will we get the local train (staying 7 April for a week).
Is it dear here or are we cheaper going to another town to shop etc....
Any info guys would be great :)
Re: Old Village Apartments in Vilamoura
Old Village is quiet place -no traffic is allowed on the streets- and there is 1 Restaurant, bars, coffee shop, supermarket within the cobbled streets of the village.
The Old Village is +/- 10 min walk to the center of Vilamoura (where you will find plenty of restaurants/bars), and 20 min to the nearest beach (porto). Nevertheless the best beach is Falésia which is +/-30 min walking.
Being such tourist place even at supermarkets prices are higher than in other towns. So I don't recommend to buy there except if needed.
From Vilamoura you can travel by bus to anywhere in the Algarve, and the taxi service around Vilamoura and Quarteira is very reasonable priced.
Portugal in May
Hi I am heading to POrtugal for a week in May and just wanted some thoughts about what i was planning on doing. I plan to go to Lisbon and Porto along the coast but that was really it. Is there anything else there that is a must see.
RE: Portugal in May
Portugal is a diversified country and, so, there are plenty of places you can visit. It's OK to visit Lisbon and Porto, these are two interesting cities. Between Lisbon and Porto, visit Coimbra (the bigger and maybe the more interesting city in that path). Visit also Óbidos (beautiful old village). Along the coast you will find many interesting places to see. If you tell me what king of places/things you want to see/do, I can give you more thoughts.
More ideas of must-see places:
If you have time, visit Évora and a little of the surrounding Alentejo region (this is a must, believe me). If you like beach you have to visit the beaches on the Alentejo atlantic coast.
Daytrips from Lisboa:
Arrábida and its beaches
If you had more time, in the northern Portugal (Minho, Beira Alta...) there are a huge amount of must see places.