Estalagem do Cerro
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... in the world. This is where I learned to surf for the first time.
Once we arrived, we picked up the equipment [board, wetsuit, etc] and headed for the water. After a surfing lesson, we gave it a try. I am glad to say, that after 3 hours I did stand up 2 times for about a millisecond. Proud of me! I have gained so much respect for surfers. Surfing is hard, not to mention an incredible workout, full body. Trudging through the waves ...
... although it's still wet, windy and cool. After a short consult with my navigator (and by that I mean Donna my wife, not Jill my GPS), we decide to pass on Monchique for another day and instead aim for Lagos on the southern coast and then on to Silves for one of the most important Moorish Castles still standing in Portugal.
Lagos is a bigger place and quite busy in the summer with many of the most picturesque beaches of the Algarve nearby. It also is ...
... courtesy and common sense to be part of the human condition and as a result they (usually?) get it.
So the return to - I mean NEAR Estoi proves worthwhile after all and now we are on our way back to the condo to pack and prepare to leave in the morning for our last 'home' of the trip on the west Algarvian coast. The condo was good, but lacking in the character of most of our previous abodes. We'll see what tomorrow brings...
Well, it's been a week since my last post - what a nice holiday! I am going to bring things up to date with what's gone on since then. We are now in a house in Aljezur, but this post is mostly about what went before we got here.
We went east and now we day trip west from Tavira - 1st stop is Olhao a fishing town.
We start at the big harbour, still inside the barrier islands, it's mostly boats up to about 40 ft. Too shallow and narrow ...
... here via Ryanair - an interesting experience with limited luggage allowance and hand luggage and pay for everything extra - and stag weekend lads starting the partying on board - we were made welcome by Vivienne and John. The reason we are here is that they said they were coming over from Nova Scotia for month and it might be fun if we could join them. So we have! ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Estalagem do Cerro Albufeira
Great seaviews and friendly people
We had a lovely experience, its true the hill down to the beach and back made our legs ache but it was really worth it for the views. food was really good although the tinned fruit for breakfast should have been fresh but plenty of other choices and evening meal always tasty. A very clean hotel all apart from the mouldy bath mats which we put out of sight! Great location fot shops,bars and entertainment.Would recommend it for anyone who is able to climb hills.
September 2004 First immpression was not good. Rooms are a mixture of size and after complaining about being put into a shoebox sixe room was given one of the suites. We went bed & breakfast but after the first two mornings got fed up of the tinned fruit and watery scrammbled egg. Cuisine was very poor. Location is not reccomended for the less mobile as there is a very steep pathway that leads down to the strip where all the shops and restaurants are. I think that one week is more than enough at this so called four start hotel. I personally would rate it at a two and a half star. The minature pool water was very very cold even on a hot day hence we only went there twice. Definatley was not a holiday from hell and if they spent a little more effort in the kitchen and kept the bar open beyond midnight as well as heating the pool, would make it a very pleasant stay.
We arrived at this pleasent hotel at 23.00 the bar was open with only the minimal items on offer alcholol,toasties or crisps and we found out the bar closes even to residents at 12.30 every night!.After a firly long trip a coffee would have been good.The rooms pleasent enough but only one pillow each and i require 4 or 5 due to health and the porter could not provide anymore.In the decripton we need a fridge again due to medication i require one we had to wait three days for one and pay 5 euros per day to get it.We explored the hotel next day to use the publised leasure facilities only to find they where charged per item for 15 mins not included.The swimming pool was ok and the are around pool was pleasent enough with a cafe opening up at around 11a.m and closing at 18.00hrs along with the pool table area so no family tournaments in the evening.The breakfast was the most boring i have ever seen they only use tinned friut! despite the readily availabe lovely friut the juice and coffee was often tilted so you could get the dreggs rather than fresh.One day the juice machine was pulled over by a child the next day the coffee urn was pulled over by an adult health and safety would have a feild day kim ferry
A friendly, pleasant hotel with great staff.
We have holidayed twice at the Do Cerro and have just booked up to go there again - need I say any more!
The hotel is bright, clean and above all has a wonderful atmosphere. The staff are friendly and helpful, the restaurant has plenty of choice, and there is nightly entertainment in the bar for everyone. I can wait to go again next year!
Clean hotel - quiet location
had a very delightful stay towards the end of march. We were very lucky to have great weather but despite this we found the hotel great value, very clean with good facilities in a quiet location. You had a climb down to the old town but despite this it was nice to be away from the activities. At times the food became a little sparse but there was a good mixture of waitress and self service available on alternate nights. I would return if I could guarantee a sea view which we had.
Didn't know where we were staying so it was a lovely surprise to arrive at the Do Cerra. Food was very good, a lot of choices. Rooms and general surroundings were clean and well maintained. Good view of the bay from the balcony. Will certainly go back in the future.
A very friendly hotel.
Nice hotel, very nice staff. Excellent entertainment. Carlos is a very good example who plays there on Sunday and Wednesday nights.Downstairs rooms are quite poor but above that level good. School every morning is distracting but they have to be tought somewhere. The walk to the beech and back is arduous but also good fun.Would thorughly recommend to anyone who is there to have a good time and look at the positives.We go back every year and if we can't stay there pop back in to see Carlos, Manwel and all the crew.
First stay at this Hotel. January 2004. Staff were friendly and very helpfull. Rooms comfortable and clean, although the central heating could be more user friendly and work efficiently. The buffet breakfast was more than adequate and the evening meals varied between buffet and waitress service. Choice of menu good. Added attraction was entertainment in the lounge every evening.
Location, at the top of the town, so for anyone with walking difficulties this could be a problem. Although I have a breathing problem found the decent to the beaches easy enough, all down hill.
Coming back it was necessary to use a taxi, but at 5 Euros (£3 UK)approx not expensive.
Yes I would stay there again.
Loved the do cerro
This hotel is excellent and one of the best we've stayed in. We have been all round the world and have stayed at the Do Cerro 5 times. We will go back time and time again. I don't know how an American can criticise this hotel. It beats American hotels by far. The Do Cerro is very clean, the staff are very friendly and the food is lovely. The pool is clean. They are fantastic with children and the walk to the beach is lovely and good exercise.
It was disgusting, I wouldnt send the dog there
This hotel was the worst I have ever stayed in. The food was disgusting, no choices, and who doesnt serve water with the meals, it cost you to drink a glass.of water? How unsanitary that the towels were changed every 3 days, I told the manager, no way.! The mat in the tub was black,mildew or mold,I took no chances, had it changed. We ate out most nights, who needs a buffet for dinner? And why is the hotel next to a school? My sister was awakened everymorning to kids yelling and screaming. Also, the old people cannot possibly get to the beach. The pool was full of leaves, and the chase lounges were so dirty. Pull it down and start again, closer to the beach. It was like walking back up the north face of the eiger every time you had to come back. Not for me.