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... 24hours. But in this short time we have showered away the sea salt and sand, swam in the lake and have eaten handsomely. We'll need to collate all the recipes we have learnt for cooking courgettes! After a beautiful dinner of cubed courgette, fine chopped cashew and parsley on pasta we were presented with a breakfast loaf and pot of jam. Sweet, seeded and slightly green. Gooseberry we figured, but no. Courgette with a dash of orange juice! We have started constructing ...
... and Pembroke's geology. We swam (waded about in waist high freezing cold waves pounded by breaking froth) every morning and made coffee and porridge on our little stove on the sand. Popped to Internet cafes, to no avail and then walked and explored clifftop and beach until sunset. We cooed at the huge red orb dropping below the horizon and cooked chilli chickpeas, rice and pasta in some of the most breathtaking locations ...
Quiet day today, as we had to find a place to watch the France - Germany game before 5. In hindsight I'm not so sure why we bothered, the game was largely soporiphic. The only comfort is that the Portuguese seemed to be rooting for us, thanks guys! But anyways the campsite is nice and family oriented, the swimming pool is big, and ...
... and we finally managed to have a swim in the sea (I think I stayed 5 minutes inside). The beach itself, Dona Ana, was actually very pretty, down a cove between cliffs, deep green water... making it a tropical paradise for Northern Europeans. You can count on them to be here to enjoy it with you. For dinner, a short walk in the old town and we set our minds on a seafood restaurant again. Cataplana, bacalhau, seafood rice, fish soup, everything fresh, simple ...
Today we reached the end of Europe, to be precise the southwestermost point on the continent mainland, the Cape of Saint Vincent :). A barren place with tall cliffs directly above the sea, the only human landmark being a lighthouse, a few trucks/shops selling wool pullovers and bratwurst(!), and fishermen fishing fish from the top of the cliff(!!). So, after reaching a dead end on the north - south axis, we switched to the west - east one, in the direction of ...
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Visited the resort for the first time this year on our annual family holiday. The complex is very well maintained and the gardens in excellent condition. The villas have all the equipment you need. There are however some problems, the beds are very uncomfortable, pillows also uncomfortable, the cleaning is non-existent (after two weeks with a family of five the bathrooms were not nice). The pool area is small for the number of guests and on several days we found nowhere to sit. The location is quiet, which we liked, but if you want to go out then you need to drive (so no drinking for your driver). We all had the weekly barbeque and found the food to be plentiful but cold and nothing for a vegetarian to eat. We tried the pool bar on a couple of occasions but it was never staffed and we were always told to go into the resturant to order (not ideal in your swimsuit). The staff were very nice and those in reception always ready to help. I can't comment on the kids club, the one day ours decided to go no-one turned up and ther was no explanation or note as to why this was the case. We also had a horrible day by the pool when a large, loud and very foul mouthed group sat beside us. Every second word was an expetive and was yelled at their children who were only about 3 or 4 years old. This isn't the fault of the complex but is a sad refelection on cosmos clients. We tended to go to the beach after that. We enjoyed our holiday (the beaches were lovely) but we will not be returning next year.
Just an update on our 4th visit to the site, some disappointments and a horrible incident.
We arrived at about 3pm to be told our room wasn't ready as the previous residents had vacated late. This wasn't a problem as the receptionist was very helpful & apologetic. As we'd hired a car we went to the supermarket and got essential provisions while we waited for the maids to finish. (You pick up signs for the Intermarche as you come into Sesmarias from Lagoa).
We have just returned from a weeks stay at Colina da Lapa..9th June - 16th June, had a really great time, the villa we had was absolutley fantastic, we could not fault it, well equiped and so much space to the back and front for our two year old to run about in. The villa itself was huge, the weather was also very hot but breezy. A couple of things we did have a problem with but if you dont take kids - mainly toddlers - then this isnt for you...the flooring around the kids and adults pools are a nightmare..as soon as they get wet the kids are slipping everywhere, so take some swim shoes for them to wear...and the thing we found the most worrying is the cosmos kids club...our little two year old managed to get out and away from the creche girls and ended up on the road and they didnt even notice..there was only my daughter and another baby in there and two supervisors! I dread to think what they are going to be like in the peak season jul/aug, we are talking to cosmos about this now so hopefully improvements will be made...and thankfully my baby was rescued by a lady who was sunbathing nearby so she was fine! If that lady reads this ...thank you! All in all we had a great time it is so clean and tidy, and the restaurant/bar was good, entertainment ok...we are going to return next year we would recommend this complex to families and couples, so book up and enjoy!
Amazing place; best holiday we've had
By far the best holiday we've had...so good we recommended it to my mother and father in law who are there now!
We took our 5 month old daughter so was a bit daunted, but it went so smoothly. The place was spotless, the staff were friendly and the complex was spacious and green.
We've just enjoyed a great 2 weeks at the Colina Da Lapa resort - it was the most relaxing time we have ever had. The weather was lovely and hot 26C + with a gentle breeze - the evenings got a little chilly. The apartments are lovely and clean, spacious with lots of storage, well kitted out especially the kitchen (cooker, washing machine, dish washer in 2 bed aptmnt microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle, filter coffee machine, toaster, juicer, hand blender) aswell as an iron, ironing board hairdryer - it made a big difference having these things on holiday! The resort itself is very well designed and not overlooked. A little out of the way- a car was very useful even though there is a daily courtesy bus into Carvoeiro and the small beach Caneiros nearby. There is a small shop on the complex that sold basic things bread milk etc but it was pricey. The best supermarket we found was Intermarche at Carvoeiro - excellent! (the trolleys take a 50cent coin NOT a Euro as many of us found out). The restaurant at Colina was very good and served really nice lunches and evening meals. They even provide a takeaway service!! The main pool is nice but the water was still a bit cold for this time of year. The day time activities were only just being organized as we left -football, rounders, water volleyball - they could do with a few more suggestions. The evening activities are Colina's only downfall in our opinion - they have a Kareoke twice a week and that's your lot. Our son is 13 and he did find it a little bit quiet but he did enjoy the pool, playing tennis and basketball. There is also an outdoor pool table and table tennis which was in constant use. The water parks are brilliant especially Slide and Splash - best to get tickets in Carvoeiro better discounts than through reps. The staff are all very friendly and helpful especially Sergio in Reception and Nelson in the Bar. Overall it was great and we would definitely go again!!
Spent three weeks there in march, its just fabulous!!!!!! Clean apartments, well fitted out, friendly staff, great views. Can't wait to go back there.
Stunning place. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Will definately return.
The place was absolutely beautiful. Accomodation was well maintaned and spotlessly clean. The courtesy bus takes you into Carvoeiro and to the beach at Caneiros, but the beach is walkable and taxis to Carvoeiro are only 6 Euros. Staff were great. Will definately return.
FANTASTICK - THIRD YEAR RUNNING
This is the third year running my family will be returning to Colina Da Lapa which says a lot. Last year we took friends with us and they will also be returning this year. The Villas and apartments are excellent and exeptionally spacious. There is even a dish washer and washing machine. The childrens club is very good and is on twice a day. There is regular evening and daytime entertainment. A courtesy bus goes to the beach (5 minute journe) three times a day. You could walk but it is up hill coming back and very hot. Car hire with Cosmos is included with the holiday at 50% of the cost. A small car for two weeks costs approximately £150.00. The town is very nice with lots of restaurants to try. I would recommend Colina Da Lapa to both families and couples.
as soon as we arrived the whole family felt welcomed .we arrived quite late nate approx 10 30pm but the bar wasstill open so we went to meet and greet the guests and staff/reps, they were all very friendly. in the daytimes there was so much to do : e.g. play tennis ,water polo,volleyball, organized football matches.for the kids there was also plenty to do: e.g. special kids clubs with different age groups (kids clubs alsso have trips and special events such as jeep safari,movie mania,night out in alburfira,play mini golf,restaurant of your choice.