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... sun shines and of course I will have brought all the wrong clothes! As I said, within 15 minutes we were whisked off for tea, then a walk to the local supermarket and a coffee in their favourite cafe, then a walk down to the beach, then back to their place for a meal - pork in tomato sauce with mushrooms and lots of veg. - and wine and port! All very pleasant. And ...
... I didn't realize how much I missed simply having a meal with people and just visiting with everyone! We woke up Sunday morning and got an early start on our exploring. This time we went back to the beach which we visited the first day, and worked our way around the coast back to the beach we left off the first day! This hike was pretty challenging, and at some points we were literally crawling along thin ledges looming over at the ...
... and had cereal and toast. We decided to hike all along the coast with all the beaches along them. We did three of the five beaches on the second day which were the most amazing beaches I've ever seen. They had crazy cliffs surrounding white sand and blue blue ocean. It was breathtaking. You had to climb across cliffs and up broken steps and it was amazing. It felt like i was looking at the front of every amazing postcard. That evening we had supper and all had some drinks ...
... day yesterday! We took a bus to Quarteira, the area where we were bike riding a few days ago. (this is the correct spelling for Quarteira, please disregard previous mis-spellings) This was a market day, and we bought some cheese, figs, an onion, almond cookies, more fruit, etc. We then hit the shops. I sipped a coffee in the sun and read while Dawn successfully stalked down some shoes and a scarff. Then came the big plan of the day. The bus ride East to ...
What a great day yesterday! 5 of us met in the lobby at 9:00, then to the bus stop East, to the town of Vilamaura. This lovely village seems totally designed for biking. Extremely flat, every street has clearly defined bike lanes, as well as bike lanes everywhere. We picked up are reserved bikes at the harbour, for 13 euros, for the day. We pedalled East along the promenade, through to the next town, Quinteiros, for miles. So picturesque. After a while we ran out of road. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bayside Salgados Albufeira
Liked the apartments too far from anywhere
stayed at bayside aug 2006 for two weeks myself husband and two teenagers first impression ok too far from anywhere courtesy bus to supermarket ran three times per day walk to nearest supermarket 20 mins there and 20 back cost 12 euros to new town and 12 back so you could not do that every night apartments basic no kettle no toaster double ring cooker you plugged in rain through night realy heavily came through light in bedroom ceiling rooms smelt musty like dirty water clean towel change everyother day would not go back too quiet restaurant basic meals but snack bar done lovely toastie and burger
Avoid ground floor apartmants as it seems most if not all are damp & smelly. We were a family of three & in the 8 days of our stay in albufeira checked out on the fifth as we could not take it anymore. We tried to complain but the staff really did not want to know. Hence us moving to an alternative hotel. In the 5 days of being there we did not unpack our case because of the stench, we did not want our clothes to smell damp. Even the bed sheets when getting into bed felt damp! Very miserable cold apartment. Which I do not recommend!!
I just returned from Bayside Salgados on Tuesday 11th July and I must admit the place itself was a lovely place to stay. The rooms were clean, the staff were lovely, the pool was nice and the roof terrace was a very pleasant place to relax. But that was all we really seemed to do, I'd highly recommend hiring a car during your stay at Bayside, if you decide to stay there.
I travelled with 7 other women from Edinburgh to Bayside. We were a bit worried that we were being taken out of the area (no nightlife), but found that the hotel put on a mini bus three times a day driven by Gomez (he was great). Although the last bus was at 4pm it only cost 10 Euros for a taxi. One of our party was taken ill on our last night and had to be taken to hospital. The hotel couldn't have been nicer and offered any help they could. We would defo go back as we were made to feel very welcome. The rooms although pretty basic were clean. What more do you need for a holiday?? We only slept in it and were out all day. Thanks for a great holiday!!!!
Location, location, location
I am sorry to have to do this.
The apartments themself I couldn't fault apart from currently right next door to a building site(actually outside our balcony), but this is the worst location I have ever had. Okay if you want to stay on site 24/7 or hire a car.
Totally impractical location. The nearest supermarket is a half hour round trip at which you need directions The shuttle only runs 3 times a day until 4'clock. No later but goes via the supermarket.
Local restaurants consist of one/two nearly every half hour walk.
As I said nice enough apartments but really isolated location and definitely not if you are thinking of going into Albufeira for a night out unless you want to pay 15 euros a time.
After reading a few reviews of the hotel I was unsure as to what to expect. The place was a treasure.
Out of town location
Stayed for 5 days in late March 2006. The hotel building is old, and partially privately occupied. It acts as the focus for the complex as everything else is a building site at present. Rooms basic, each block has a jacuzzi on the roof which had not been cleaned out yet.Taxi to Alberfuria 15 euros. Villamura 30 euro. You are in the middle of nowwhere except for a golf course. Bakers/cafe on the corner OK. Supermarket is a long walk. Not the best of locations.
Quiet Yes but very clean
Arrived late morning no problems booking in staff really helpful as they were all during our stay.Some building work taking place next door but luckily most of the work have been done and there was little noise during the day. Car hire is a very good idea to get around but the nearby bakers/ shop and lighthouse cafe are worth checking out for cheap food and drink and other restaurants aren't far away.
Check out the local coves really good. Its quiet at night but that's a good contrast from the town. Pick up the free map .
Dungeon to delightful apartment
First ground floor studio apartment we were allocated was awful. It was damp, dirty, had cobwebs and resembled a `dungeon'. We complained and initially were told that there were no other apartments available but after we produced a camera to take photos of `dungeon' we were allocated a first floor one bedroomed apartment in a different block which was delightful. It was very clean and spacious, towels changed every day. No kettle provided. Apartments are very isolated and taxi fares to albulfeira mounted up (10 euro each way) but nearside beaches were lovely. No courtesy room provided at apartments. Suitable for couple wanting lots of peace and quiet but definately not for families or young people who will be bored.
Hated Bayside Salgados
Last August (2004) myself and my family decided to spend a few
days (10 days) near Albufeira. We booked an apartment (T1) at Bayside
Salgados. The experience was terrible:
--The apartment was dirty;
--Some of the lightbulbs were broken;
--Everything in the apartment was in poor
The worse happened at the end of my stay. At
checkout time I asked for the complaints book that
they have to provide. They refused. As a result I
called for the police (GNR). They showed up and
even after they showed up the manager refused to
provide the book for registering the complaints. A
legal action was taken.
This was one of the worst experiences in Algarve!
Avoid Bayside Salagados at all cost.