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We had a good sail to the Algarve. Another bit of chaos with the jennaker which nearly got launched overboard and a poor little tired out bird which hitched a ride for many miles keeping us amused. The coast line is absolutely fantastic... Rainbow of colours. I thought Dorset pretty spectacular but this comes a close second. Met up with a couple we knew from ...
What a posh house! Off to Lagos to meet the family.It's a happy feeling to be cruising the roads with plenty of time to spare, the top down, a warm sun shining, pretty countryside passing by, en route to meet up with yer kids & kid's kids.It has not been good time for our finding of places just lately. Life has a way of subtly pointing out that you are no longer at ...
An earlier than usual start took us to the bus stations in Seville, ready to cross the border from Spain to Portugal. What a great time I had in Spain, i never realised what a diverse landscape the country offered. I still really like the idea of at least learning some beginner level Spanish to perhaps sometime in the not too distant future I will return :)
The bus journey took several hours and unfortunately ...
... before our 3 hour drive to our next stop in Armacro De Pera, just past Faro in Portugal. A couple of caches along the way broke up the journey nicely (& Dane was very happy once we had our first Portuguese cache, another country to add to his list of those he has geocached in).
Our accommodation had no Wi-Fi ...
... and hot - it began at 8am for pickup and we returned about 8pm in the evening - we did get to stop at some great places along the way. Lagos was a sleepy little town with a lot of charm and only us as tourists. The streets were, what I would now call typical of southern Europe - cobblestone on the road and individually cut out stone (possibly limestone) on the sidewalks. The construction of the streets alone must have taken ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rocha Brava Apartments Carvoeiro
Nice but not 4 star
A nice holiday base , well placed. Quiet apartments which have english telly. However , it was advertised as 4 star accomodation but is more like mid 3 star. Good service , friendly and helpful. No A/C but plenty of fans available. Good daily house keeping.
Party: 2 adults + 4 year old + 2 year old
We spent two weeks at Rocha Brava last summer and had a wonderful holiday. It's a large village-style complex with over 400 one and two-storey privately-owned villa/apartments built on a cliff-top site a couple of miles outside the pleasant town of Carvoeiro. As soon as you arrive, you can immediately tell that this is a high quality, well-maintained complex, complemented by the very attractive mature landscaping throughout. We stayed in a 2-bedroom ground floor apartment and were pleased with the high standard of our accommodation. All Mod-cons were provided including a microwave, washing m/c, oven/hob, fridge-freezer and satellite TV (with BBC1, Sky News etc). In fact, the only thing it really lacked was air-conditioning which would have been a bonus in the heat of mid-summer. Fortunately, there were electric fans in the living area and both bedrooms, without which sleeping at night would have been extremely difficult.
Best on the Algarve
This must be the best on the Algarve. Well maintained, good location excellent friendly staff. Shops, restaurants and sports facilities on site all good.
Great location and Very well maintained
Impeccably maintained by friendly staff. Two shops on site for essentials. Well outside the town but bus available. Excellent and very friendly restaurant on site. All sorts of facilities for active and inactive(my type) people. Town of Carvoeiro offers wide variety of restaurants from Man. U. fans havens (Jeeze) to very good eateries. Portimao easily accessible by car or bus and Lagos a bit further. Just to emphasise, a VERY pleasant place to stay
Fabulous location...Rocha Brava
We have stayed at Rocha Brava over the last few years and it has something for everyone. Excellent for children (the pool is second to none). The apartments/villas are lovely and if you private rent then very reasonable.....plus there are an abudance of restaurants, bars in Carvoeiro as well as a good selection at the resort. If we could, we would own here.....mere dream I suspect but we will be coming back for years to come, I am sure.
I feel it is very safe for children - 24 hr security 'on site'. The people are lovely and very helpful. We haven't had a bad holiday here yet. The beach restaurant 'STOP' is also very good - basic but good - cannot wait to sample it this year after it has been rebuilt.
We have just returned from a four-week (February 20th to March 19th) stay at Rocha Brava. On balance, we were quite satisfied with our accommodations at the resort but, like all things, there were pluses and minuses.The location of the resort was pretty good. Of the many coastal communities that we visited in the Algarve, Carvoeiro ranks near the top. It?s still small-enough to retain some village-like charm while big-enough to provide for a pretty good range of services, particularly restaurants and bars. The centre of town is about a 2.5 kilometre walk (about 30 minutes for us) from Rocha Brava. The resort provides a shuttle service to and from the town centre at 11am, 2pm and 5pm but nothing after supper. A taxi costs about ?4.50. A local transit system goes past the resort but, having never taken it, we can?t comment on its convenience or cost. For the one tour that we went on, the tour bus picked us up right at the resort. If you rent a car, there is ample parking.There are a number of conveniences at or within a five-minute walk of the resort. They include 4 or 5 restaurants, 3 grocery stores that supply the basics including a selection of wines, newspapers and magazines (a little short at times on fresh fruits and vegetables, though), and a couple of small bars. The on-site restaurant (O Farol) is good but we found it on the expensive side. On the other hand, Rocha Mar, near the resort, was more reasonable but still had a good menu. The coffee shop also near the resort entrance seemed to be busy enough, particularly for lunch, although we didn?t eat there ourselves. Several payphones that use cash or cards were located near the grocery store.We had a first floor apartment which we recommend because it provides more privacy for sitting out on the balcony than does a ground-floor apartment. However, it does require the climbing of a steep flight of stairs (think luggage because there are no porters). While comfortable, the apartment was not luxurious. The resort is about 20 years old and our apartment did have something of a dated look to it. However, it was fairly roomy and clean although the furniture and d?cor were pretty plain and uninspired. We had maid service 6 days/week with linen changed every 3 days. I didn?t notice a musty smell but my wife did, and I overheard another couple complaining about a musty smell to their apartment as well. The bathroom was clean and adequate but had no electrical outlet for electric razors or hair dryers. The kitchen was well-equipped with utensils although the cookware was old and a little battered. Also, there was only one electrical outlet for the small appliances (microwave, toaster, coffeemaker and kettle). The oven-top burners on the electric range were very slow to heat up and slow to respond when turned to another setting. There was no dishwasher. While we like firm mattresses, we found the double bed to be hard, a little lumpy and, overall, a bit uncomfortable.We had 2 small balconies, one of which was a great sun-catcher until about 1pm. The other started catching the sun about 4 pm. We did not have a sea-view but, for a substantial increase in the rental rate (for us it would have been an extra ?700) it is possible to have a sea-view apartment. Since they are located in a newer section of the resort, they may also be somewhat more luxurious and well-appointed. The first week that we were there was chilly and the electric heaters in the apartment were inadequate to maintain a comfortable temperature (and we?re used to a home that we keep at about 18?C). The fireplace and the range-hood have no dampers so some of the warm air goes right up the chimneys. We gave up using the fireplace because of a poor draft that caused some smoke to spill into the apartment and leave a smoky smell for a few days. Firewood costs (as I recall) ?2.50 for 15kg delivered to your apartment. The small-screen TV had cable service with 3 or 4 each of Portugese, English and German (?) stations. There was no radio or telephone. The small washer took forever to complete a cycle. There was no electric clothesdryer so the washing had to be hung to dry on a portable drying rack. Given the high relative humidity, it could sometimes take awhile.We did not visit any other units in the complex so we aren?t sure just how comparable the other apartments are to ours in terms of their facilities. We talked to one couple who had stayed at Rocha Brava several years earlier but were staying elsewhere this time. They liked Rocha Brava?s location but found that the apartment was too cold for them and had too little access to the sun for their liking.The grounds were exceptional with mature plantings and well-tended landscaping throughout. The plantings helped to provide a sense of maturity and privacy throughout the resort. As well, there was none of the new construction clutter, traffic and noise that seems to go with newer resorts in the Algarve. The main swimming pools looked great in front of the restaurant but were unheated and too cold for use while we were there. There was a smaller heated pool in another section of the resort (about a five-minute walk) but we suspected that it was only for the use of the apartment-owners in that section of the resort. Also on-site were 4 tennis courts (with a pro) and an exercise room, although both cost extra. A par-3 golf course was within walking distance. The reception was open 24-hours and staff were friendly and helpful and spoke fluent English. A very visible security service patrolled the grounds regularly and we felt very safe at all times both in the resort and on the surrounding streets (except for the fast traffic). In fact, we felt safe anywhere in Carvoeiro. The resort was not very busy at the time we were there so it was nice and quiet. However, those that are more gregarious and enjoy meeting people might find it a bit lonesome. Most who were there during our stay appeared to be Canadians and Brits.Rocha Brava is within walking distance of only one beach (that we know of) ? Centianes. However, if you have a car, it is just a short drive to Marinha (our favourite), Carvalho and Benagil. They are all relatively small, south-facing cove beaches with high cliffs backing them and they become comfortably warm, sometimes hot, on sunny days, at least in February and March.Rocha Brava has a website that you could visit for more information but be aware that most of the pictures of individual apartments show a d?cor that is to a higher standard than ours was.We really enjoyed Portugal and found the scenery spectacular, the historical context amazing and the people friendly and obliging. We were very satisfied with our stay at Rocha Brava and are tentatively planning on returning in a few years. We felt that, on balance, we received clean, safe, comfortable accommodation at a moderate price that we liked in a resort located in a very pleasant community.
Had a super holiday at Rocha Brava
The Rocha Brava Apartments indeed the whole resort is excellent, with excellent sports facilities,swimming 3 pools, tennis courts and a fitness centre. there are good resturants at the resort and nearby. Our favorite was the Roma Italian resturant on the way to Lagoa. Wonderful food in perfect surroundings 95 euros for 3 people a bit expensive but what an experience! Will be going back next year, still more to see.
Carvoeiro is a beautifull area to base yourself. Paul Lynn
Family Friendly Rocha Brava
This is a lovely resort,with fantastic beaches nearby.Accomodation is very good set in lovely gardens a lovely main pool and three small pools doted around the complex, a good cafe style bar on site and some very good restaurants a short walk away. Suited for couples and family's are most welcome.