Algarve Journals

Winter Sun in Algarve

A January 2002 trip to Algarve by gghani

The Dining Room Photo, Algarve, Portugal More Photos
Quote: A relaxing five day break in the Algarve, with warm weather, food and the Euro

Winter Sun in Algarve

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The Dining Room Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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We went to the Algarve for a bit of winter sun and a short but much needed break from work. It was a great choice. The weather is usually warm during the day, and often warm enough to sunbathe. We stayed in Albufeira, and this seems to be a fairly lively spot. If you go in the winter, the shops close a bit earlier, and the place has a bit of closed feeling in the evening. Best thing to do is plan your activities for the day and afternoon. Walks along the coast from old to new Albufeira are rewarding and involve a bit of a srcamble. Also a drive along the coast takes little time, and the the sights are less crowded. Worth a look are the mountain at Foia and Cap St Vincent and...Read More
Estalagem do Cerro Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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This was billed as a four-star hotel, so for the price it was OK. The room had a good view of the sea, and the staff was helpful. However, it did look quite scruffy, and certainly did not look four stars. The rate included breakfast. The hotel restaurant served evening meals, which were quite cheap, but also quite nasty. The breakfasts were a "help yourself" affair, and were adequate, with selections of cold meats, cheese and scambled eggs. The residents were mainly Brits and over 60. The evening entertainments were jolly affairs, and the drinks reasonable. It is located above the old town and near to the coast road. There is a swimming pool, but we didn''t try it. The...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Estalagem do Cerro
Avenida Do Cerro
Algarve, Portugal

Restaurant Sol e Mar Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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This is an outdoor restaurant/grill. The food is cooked in front of you. Prices are average, and the chicken Piri-Piri is good value at 6 Euros. The great thing about this place is the sea view. It is right next to the beach and you have an unspoiled view of the sea and the bay. Not the cheapest, but a great location and great food.

We did have lobster there, and it cost 90 Euros for two. Ouch!

It closes at 6pm in winter.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Restaurant Sol e Mar
Esplandae do Tunel
Algarve, Portugal

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Restaurant

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We went off season, so it wasn't busy. The grilled mixed fish platter lasts for as long as you can. Food is cooked as you eat so it is always fresh and hot and was accompanied by boiled potatoes and a great salad. Can't quite remember the names of the fish, but there were salmon steaks, local sardines, snapper, something he called an anchovy, although my experience is that anchovies are not the big fish I was served. Whatever it was, no sooner had we finished one fish, the waiter, who was watching, delivered more. They will only stop cooking when you say to stop. The fish was very fresh. It didn't move on its own, but it must have been close. They also do meats and I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Ze Peixe Assado
Estrada de Sta Eulalia
Algarve, Portugal
(289) 542-777

Car hire

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Suzuki WAgon R+ Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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We hired our car through Eurocar. Deals could be had, and we paid 51GBP for four days. The Algarve is not big, so you don't need a huge car to cover the distances, unless you have a huge family. We had a Suzuki Wagon R, which is essentially a shopping trolley. It has small wheels, and so does not cope with the usual Portugese terrain of potholes and poorly maintained roads. If you have a choice go for a conventional car, they cope with the situation better. Buy a map as well, as roadsigns are variable. Do explore, we went up the mountain at Foia and stopped off a several delightful villages on the way. And the roads sparkle; little bits in the ...Read More