A travel journal
to Albufeira by Sue & Graham Toulson
Quote: Recommendation for accommodation and resort.
The complex has a good restaurant, a large (but unheated) swimming pool, a heated children's pool, and four jacuzzis and a sauna. There's a good flat green bowling area by the side of the beach, and a pleasant 'owner's bar' with lovely sea views. There's a piano bar and a small night club with live entertainment most evenings.
Entertainment isn't, on the whole, very exciting, but it's there, anyway. They have 'theme' weeks - check the website to see. There's a sister hotel up the hill, and you can use the facilities there, too.
Within walking distance (up a hill, but you can do it by utilizing the lifts in the complex) are lots of shops, bars, and restaurants, and public transportation is near by. The main Albufeira centre is a short bus ride away and there's a shuttle bus from the complex at a small charge.
The down side is that it's an expensive taxi ride from the airport, although the Clube does have a shuttle service at around £8 - £10 per person. You have to use it for a return journey though.
It's a really nice place for a holiday - just be aware that there are a lot of steps. Although they have built slopes around the complex to take account of wheelchairs, they're very steep and would take considerable muscle to wheel an adult up them! You'd need to let the Clube know if you were using a wheelchair as some apartments are accessible only by steps. Amazingly co-operative and helpful staff there - nothing is too much trouble for them.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2002
Clube Praia da Oura
Rua Oliveira Martins, Praia Da Oura
289 590 324
On site there is a small restaurant and poolside bar, and a small but adequately stocked shop. Entertainment in the evenings is pool side. Pool is smaller than it appears in the photos and VERY cold. Food in the restaurant is quite good, which is useful as it's the only option unless you have a car or take the bus.
Car is essential if you want to see the surrounding area, but the roads there are very narrow, winding around the mountain sides with precipitous drops on one side. We decided our relationship would never stand the strain of one of us being a passenger on those roads and gave up on the idea, which limited the places we could go.
The main problem with the main resort villages in the south of Gran Canaria are the timeshare touts who just about kidnap you off the streets.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 11, 2002
Club Cala Blanca
Playa d' Es Figueral
+34 971 33 25 51
Sue & Graham Toulson
Sheffield, United Kingdom