3 Amazing Marina in the Portuguese Algarve

3 Amazing Marina in the Portuguese Algarve

MARINAS IN THE ALGARVE

Visiting the Algarve?

Portugal and particularly the Algarve  has so much to offer.  The climate of course is a benefit and attraction.  The availability of attractive Algarve Apartments and lavishly fitted out Algarve Villas. The wonderful silken sandy  beaches which are known to be some of the best in the world. and of course not forgetting the golf courses.  Come for the golf stay for the climate.

But maybe your main interest is sailing.  We have put together a brief article on three wonderful Marina in the Algarve.  If you get down here it is well worth a visit or even go onto www.goholidaylets.com and book  marina accommodation.  Lagos marina apartments can be a wonderful holiday. As can be a villa in Albufeira near Albufeira Marina.

PORTIMÃO MARINA 

Portimao Marina is located next to the historical forts of Santa Caterina. The Marina has a water depth of around 5m that can cater for large craft.  There are restaurants where you can dine, shops, bars and swimming pool around you will find beautiful Algarve Villas also.  If you are a golfer you can play golfing in one of the nearby golf courses. The ocean view is amazing; you can see right across to the resort of Ferragudo. Or you can  enjoy a walk along the riverbank of Portimao in the direction of Praia da Rocha.

ALBUFEIRA:

Albufeira Marina plays a big role in hosting a large group of tourist. There are hotels, Albufeira Villas and Albufeira Marina Apartments, shops, restaurants and bars.  The Albufeira marina is safe and well sheltered with a large pontoons for all types of vessels.

You can take a walk along the coastline from Albufeira Old Town to the Marina and have a clear view of the coastline.

VILAMOURA:

The Vilamoura Marina is the largest in the Algarve, with two different zones for different types and sizes for the vessels.  The Marina provides a wide range of recreational boat support services and there are several shops, restaurants and clubs and surrounded by Vilamoura Marina apartments . You can take a walk to the fashionable casino just down the road.  This area of the Algarve has lavish holiday rental accommodation together top quality hotel accommodation.  Book a Vilamoura holiday rental with www.goholidaylets.com today.

There are other Marinas that can be found far East in Tavira and Faro. Each and every Marina is unique in its own ways so do not limit yourself, explore and capture good memories of them.

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Here is how to find 3 of the best restaurants in Carvoeiro

Here is how to find 3 of the best restaurants in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro in the Central Algarve is one of Portugal’s kept secrets.  One of my first impression was that it was a  place where the beach runs into the street.  A street where fantastic restaurants are on the sides.   Very famous for its remarkable golfs courses and the excellent Carvoeiro holiday rentals and the wonderful luxurious Algarve villas in the surrounding countryside.  Some of these villas to rent are fitted out in a sumptuous manner.  Well worth looking at for a large family holiday rental vacation.

As a consequent of all the visitor’s opportunities was found to provide restaurants bars and cafes and the locals were not found wanting.

Carvoeiro Restaurantes

The main ingredient of the local cuisine is fish and seafood.  Because it is sourced  fresh daily and readily available.  A mix of fish or sea food made in the traditional cataplana, with an addition of fresh herbs, garlic, some chourico , tomatoes, peppers and a sprinkle of wine served with freshly baked is a delicacy for everyone whether local or visitor.

Bars and Cafes

Carvoeiro has a large number of restaurants, bars, cafes and takeaway cafes. They offer great value from money with all types of cuisines offered.  From lunch time snack to a nice relaxing dinner perhaps after a day on the beach, you will not have to look far for a restaurant to suit your culinary delights.

 

Here for you free is an outline of some of Carvoeiro’s restaurants where you will find many types of foods and cooking traditions.

O BARADAS:

The surroundings of O Baradas restaurant are very inviting, and stylish.  The lamb dishes are a specialty, steaks and some well-cooked chops are amazing.  Try their sauté potatoes with a generous amount of onions its finger licking.

Enjoy the choices served that awaken your taste bud for a mouth watering dessert.

Luis the owner of the restaurant can help you in choosing a fine bottle of Portuguese wine.  He has a passionate love of the Douro collection. Be assured of the best.

The restaurant is commendable for an evening dinner.

 

ELA & ELA:

Ela Ela Restaurant Carvoeiro
Ela ela Carvoeiro

One of the best places to eat in Carvoeiro you will find  this cozy restaurant, which is right in the middle of town.

The menu, which offers different cuisines from time to time to incorporate the world flavours is worth a trial.

Portuguese dishes like fish, meats and vegetarian meals are served here in case you are not a fan of meat dishes.  The desserts are a pure bliss, don’t leave without having a taste.

The setting is simple and but with a touch of class.  The atmosphere is very professional in the sense that food and wine are taken seriously here.

A GALE:

This might be a small looking restaurant but it’s always packed to the brim. Booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

The menu constitutes grilled fish, lamb and pork chops.  Oh!!! and their chips are exceptional. Another restaurant with amazing food.

During your stay you will discover a wide range of other restaurants.

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Faro Airport Guide (FAO)

Faro Airport Guide (FAO)

Faro in the south of Portugal is the gateway to the Portuguese Algarve and western parts of Spain.   Thousands of families staying in holiday rental properties and hotels fly into Faro each year.

This Faro Airport guide includes contact details as well as information regarding airport facilities, public transport and nearby hotels.

Faro Airport Guide (FAO)…..Faro Airport serves Portugal’s popular Algarve region, with regular flights operating to destinations throughout Europe. This Faro Airport guide includes contact details as well as information regarding airport facilities, public transport and nearby self-catering apartment and hotels.

Information: There is an information desk in the public area of the terminal building, which has details of flights, disabled facilities, opening hours and public transport timetables. Tourist information is available from the Portugal Tourism desk in the arrivals hall.

Public transport rail: Rail: Trains (tel: +351 707 210 220; www.cp.pt) run from Faro’s central station to destinations along the Algarve coast, with long-distance services linking the city with Lisbon and other destinations in northern Portugal. Buses connect the airport to the train station.

Terminal facilities Money: There are ATMs in the arrival and departure concourses. A bank branch and a bureau de change are located in the public arrivals hall.

Communication: A post office is located in the public concourse. Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport (free for the first 30 minutes) – internet access points for non-Wireless enabled devices are also available. Public telephones are positioned in key areas.

Food: There are several snack bars, cafés and bars at Faro Airport, both airside and landside. These include a burger and grill restaurant and a pizza outlet in the boarding area.

Shopping: There are newsagents in the public area and more in the departures concourse where there is a large selection of shops, from fashion boutiques and gift retailers to a delicatessen selling Portuguese food products. Duty-free and tax-paid outlets at Faro Airport offer a wide variety of goods.

Luggage: There is a lost property desk near the meeting/information point. Lockers are available for baggage storage. Porters are on hand to assist with luggage.

Other: Other facilities at Faro Airport include several travel agencies and a pharmacy.

Airport facilities

Disabled facilities: Passengers requiring wheelchairs or assistance should inform their airline at the time of booking. Lifts and disabled toilets are located throughout Faro Airport. Disabled passengers can park in reserved spaces in the car park opposite the terminal building.

Car parking: Short-term parking is located in car park P1 (in the departures area) and car park P3 (in the arrivals area). Car park P2 offers long-term parking and is located behind car parks P1 and P3. Further parking information is available from the parking office.

Car rental: Car hire companies at Faro Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Guerin, Goldcar and Hertz. Counters for these operators are located in the arrivals area and hire cars are picked up and dropped off at a car park a short distance from the terminal.

There are no hotels at Faro Airport, with most accommodation being either in nearby Faro city centre or spread along the Algarve coastline. Information about self-catering accommodation and hotels is available from the Airport information desk.

 

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Armacoa De Pera for a Choice Holiday Rental Apartment

Armacoa De Pera for a Choice Holiday Rental Apartment

From sleepy fishing village to nowadays a lively modern holiday resort.

Our destination is Ameracoa De Pera a coastal holiday home rental resort on Algarve coast. It is situated in Central Algarve, Portugal, not far from the beautiful town of Silves.

If arriving at Faro travel west either on the motorway A22 or local route N125. If renting a car try economy car rentals but be careful of the fuel policies of some of the car hire suppliers. One in particular provides the car full of fuel at premium rate and penalises if not returned the same.

Nowadays a lot of visitors entrust Resthoppa search engine for their transfer to their holiday home rental destination. The very reliable Green Bus company normally supplies the transfer service.

Whichever way you arrive in Armacoa it will be worthwhile. Armacoa has numerous apartment blocks supplying holiday accommodation at reasonable seasonal rates.

Armação de Pêra was named after the inland region of Pêra in Portugal, where the fishermen came down from originally and armação, which was a specially adapted boat, with a combined netting system, designed by the Moors.

Nowadays it is a thriving holiday resort mainly for the holiday home rental market.

Mostly Europeans visit this resort coupled with a sizable amount of Portuguese holidaymakers in the summer. It has a wonderful long sandy beach stretching all the way to Praia de Galé towards Albulfeira.

There are a number of ways to enter the town my preference is to turn off the N 125 shortly after Vale de Lousa Retail Park. Armacoa is well sign posted on the N 125. The entrance to the town has a modern feel to it. It has an aesthetically pleasing feel as you approach the town centre. The planners have developed a modern clean lined approach to the town. With low rise holiday rental accommodation on either side of the road which leads to a well position roundabout. Then some high rise accommodation in the new centre that might not be everyones cup of tea but on the plus side allows great views of the surrounding vista. Armacoa has also got an old town centre with comprises of slightly weather worn houses inhabited by proud Portuguese that welcome visitors from all quarters.

This area is on the eastern side of the town near the fishermen’s beach. Take some time to find the Old Fort that still stands today. It is constructed in typical Portuguese fashion fortified to with stand invasion by marauding bands of pirates and foreign invaders intent on plundering the coastline. Nowadays all to be found is marauding seagulls looking for scrapes of fish. The invading pirates have been replaced by sun seeking holiday makers staying in self catering holiday rental accommodation.

The cobbled street on the corner of the hill opposite the whitewashed fort leads down into a network of little streets with a variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. It would be quite easy to miss this part of the town if you are concentrating on the sea front, which would be a shame as it’s one of the prettiest parts of Armação de Pêra.

The views of the coast from the fort are of the long, long stretch of golden sand which runs from the rocks and caves at the western end by Senhora da Rocha, to Praia de Galé near to Albufeira in the east.

There are also numerous restaurants and cafes along the sea front of the ‘old village’, including a couple on the beach near the fishing boats, most of which (obviously!) have local, freshly caught fish on the menu.

Self Catering holiday home rental Faro

Self Catering holiday home rental Faro

Dont just pass by Faro, rent a holiday home there.

Why go on a Self Catering holiday rental home in Faro.

How many thousands of visitors have landed in Faro airport without getting to know the local area. I am guessing it is in the millions. Most visitors having prearranged a holiday in the Algarve leave the airport and head west of east to Olhoa or Tavira or even across the Spanish border. But the Faro Municipality has some beautiful locations to visit and wonderful self-catering holiday home rental accommodation.

Here are a few must see locations in Faro:

‘Cidade Velha’ is on the eastern side of Faro Marina, the observant will get a view of same when landing at Faro airport. It is the oldest part of the city if you walk through the arch (Arco da Vila) by the Algarve tourist information office at the end of the Manuel Bivar gardens and follow the narrow, cobbled street, Rua do Municipio into the tree lined Largo de Sé.

Faro Cathedral, in the middle of the square, over the years the outside façade has suffered corrosion from the elements, but inside it is different – the intricate gilded carving, decorated tiles (azulejos) and works of art are well worth seeing. It originates from the 13th/14th centuries (although much of the inside decoration is 17th century) and, despite having to be repaired after being ransacked and set alight by the Earl of Essex’s men in 1596 and damaged in the earthquake of 1755, still has the original doorway and two original chapels. There is modern self catering accommodation not far from this area where you can stay and have a wonderful relaxing break.

Faro also hosts a modern shopping experience in the guise of Algarve shopping mall it is on the main road (EN125) approaching from Faro airport side of town. It has a wonderful array of shops, as in any Portuguese Shopping Mall there is the obligatory cafes where the men can drink coffee while the females browse away in the modern well stocked boutiques and perfumeries. At Christmas, apart from a rather spectacular large silver Christmas tree, there was also an outside ice-rink! As before there is modern self catering accommodation not far from this area where you can stay and have a wonderful relaxing break.

Also on this side of Faro in the direction of Loule we can find Estádio Algarve its 30,000-seater stadium, shared by the neighbouring cities of Faro and Loule, was one of the venues of the Euro 2004 and is also the temporary home ground of the Gibraltar national football team. Louletano Desportos Clube (a club from the city of Loulé) and Sporting Clube Farense (from Faro) also use smaller municipal stadiums. The stadium is also used for concerts, festivals and other events. Of interest to our Irish visitors Gibraltar have confirmed that next September’s 2015 home Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland will be played in Faro, Portugal, quashing speculation that the game would be moved to London. As before there is modern self catering accommodation not far from this arena where you can stay during the match between Ireland and Gibraltar.