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... here is particularly strong. The house is walled with lime and sand (outside) and sieved red clay and sand (inside). the paths are free draining gravel. Two freshwater, if brackish, springs provide water. The horses dung and hoof clippings are dug into the veg patch. And the whole site has an air of quiet and contemplation but without the stagnant passivity this hot and dry landscape can induce! I had dismissed this beautiful corner of Portugal without a ...
We made it to Faro, our last stop on the southern shore of Algarve. Trying to avoid the concrete nightmare and crowds of Albufeira beaches, we drove slightly to the east to reach a 3km stretch of white sand called Praia da Falesia. Still pretty busy, but as people were spread out it wasn't so bad, and the water was the warmest so far (maybe ...
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 ...
So that's where all the tourists went. To the south coast of Algarve. Mind you, I can understand them, the beaches are certainly pretty here in Lagos, and the historic town center does have a lot of character (and restaurants). It's just that the contrast with the empty campgrounds of west Alentejo and Vicentine coast is pretty extreme. The beaches here are already pretty packed, even tough the water is still seriously freezing. It didn't stop us this time ...
... eye and end up at the cafe club. Marty takes Candice and I trekking to a look out at the top of a cliff to watch the sunrise- amazing! Day 2- Booze cruise Dinner at Stay home with shin and reg and book Day 3- Wake up early Snorkelling- freezing water Shop Say bye to shin and reg Nap Coffee overlooking water Dinner out with ...
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Good Week at the Baia Grande
Having read Trip Advisor reviews I booked a week at the Baia Grande in the Algarve at Spring Bank and I was not disappointed.
The rooms were larger than expected and the hotel was very clean and well maintained.
This is not really a hotel for children as there is not much activity going on around the pool.
You will also need a car to get to any decent beaches, nightlife etc as it is in a relatively quiet area.
However, we found some really nice bars and restaurants near by and with the benefit of a hire car, some lovely quiet beeches.
Not the Best
I stayed for a week in May with my partner, we are in our early 20s and must have been the youngest couple by far! The staff were very helpful and spoke excellent English.
One problem we found were through the day the cleaners make a lot of noise and the walls in rooms are very thin as we could here both neighbours! The music from the fuction room was very noisy as they had two weddings while we were there. I also requested extra pillows as they were very thin and uncomfortable which i was told would arrive and never did.
The local beach Rabit beach was lovely and the food was nice to at the restaurant on the cliff.
The staff were very good at arranging our trips and transport, ..a must if you like dolphins and sealife go to Zoomarine-best day out.
I would return to the area again but not the same hotel, drinks and food are very expensive. In the piano bar the entertainment wasnt very good and they dont sell snacks only drinks. No peanuts or crisps.
A real treasure on the Algarve
Stayed for three nights in this hotel late May. I was very pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff and the welcome that they gave me.Excellent buffet style meals and very clean facilities A real home from home in a foreign land. I will definetely be returning.Sooner,rather than later
Good 4* Hotel
Stayed at the Baia Grande during May 2004 and was very pleased with what was on offer. The Hotel is slightly secluded, but ideal for a quite break. The near by Rabit beach (10min walk) is a real surprise once you've found it. It's a secluded little cove surrounded by steep cliffs - very picturesque.
The breakfast at the hotel was as one would expect and the staff, both in the restaurants and in the bar, were very professional. I would recomend eating out in Albufeira, as it offers more choice and in less expensive than the hotel.
Overall, a very relaxed break in a good 4* hotel.
Relaxing, unspoilt and friendly service
Went to this hotel just after Easter this year. Found the rooms, breakfast and staff were of a good standard and the pool area and bar by the pool was a real winner. I think all rooms come with a balcony too (worth paying the extra for a sea view). Lovely surrounding area, did not encounter barking dogs, great bars nearby and felt more exclusive than Albufeira itself. Sao Raphael beach was gorgeous, about 10 minute walk away and very chic and unspoilt by tourists (at that time of the year).
I would say the hotel would attract an older clientele. As a couple in our twenties there weren't many people our age at this time of the year and there was a piano bar with questionable taste in music (think green green grass of home). I would agree that small children might get bored but there are water parks and other sorts of entertainment nearby.
Great for a relaxing break, wouldn't recommend the evening buffet but the Italian restaurant was pretty good.
Good base for exploring and if you like to get away from the hotel I would recommend you would need to hire a car (the hotel does lay on a few tours if needed).
Not for kids
Found that this hotel was not suitable for children. With a 5 year old there was nothing apart from the swimming pools for children.The beach is a 15 minute walk down winding,narrow roads.The food was greasy,tasteless and the service poor. Only other restaraunts which were local were 10 minute walk away.Local dogs roamed around outside the hotel chasing and barking as people walked out.Yes,there is a shuttle bus that runs into town.Only a few times daily.We were lucky enough to have a 2 bedroom suite(which was 2 seperate bedrooms)that was larger than normal rooms. We have been to Algarve several times and I am sorry to say that we wont be staying at this hotel again. If you like a quiet holiday and just want to sit at the poolside then this hotel will suit you.But I wouldnt with kids.
Stayed for a week at this hotel. The facilities are excellent. Highly recommend the buffet breakfast. As this hotel is a little out from Albufeira would recommend car hire.
Sao Rafeal beach which is about a 10-15 min walk is simply stunning.
Anyone who desires peace and quiet, I would highly recommend the Baia Grande.
For those who don't want to venture too far there are a number of restaurants in the Sesmarias area which will cater for a fish and meat lovers. The hotel does offer a courtesy shuttle bus to Albufeira but note the last bus returns to the hotel at 7.30 pm.
Will definitely be returning here.
Baia Grande, a very lucky choice
It was everything we were looking for, and more.The accomodation was very good, and the staff were very efficient and extremely friendly, we have every intention of making a return visit.
Baia Grande- all we hoped for
01:11:2003 Just returned from 8 day stay and found everything we hoped for. Facilities excellent, staff polite and helpful,food plentiful and well presented.Quality entertainment throughout the week. Located only 8 minutes from Albufeira via courtesy shuttle several times daily and only a few minutes walk from local beaches, the hotel is ideally situated. WE WILL DEFINATELY RETURN.
One night stay
Only stayed one night as we were viewing a property.Pleasantly surprised, would say this is uk 4star not a holiday type hotel .
Spacious rooms,good service, food, and not expensive.Going again December. A little out of the way for Albufeira would need a taxi.