Parque Mourabel Apartments
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... We move on and stop at a ceramic shop and talk with a nice girl who's English is strong and learn about the place and it's link to 'Porches Pottery' one of the most famous pottery studios in all of Portugal. We buy a couple little things and head on down the street to the Museum. At least now we're indoors. The museum is filled with artifacts from places we've been. Not just Silves but also Castro Marim and Mertola.
We take or leave of Silves ...
... formal than some of our previous Roman ruins. We've seen some photos of the mosaics on display here and assume we'll see those on the museum portion. According to the ticket taker there is no museum, the museum is elsewhere. Elsewhere? Thanks... Oh well, there looks to be a pretty well preserved portion of at least one building and the footprint of many others. So we start to explore following the paths that seem to meander about everywhere ...
... right? Right...
There ARE signs pointing it out, it's just they point in the WRONG direction. We wander and circle the small town for about 45 minutes up and down hill - although mostly up. Finally we spot something pink and trak another few minutes to find the palace! Now, if only there were a way in. This palace has been turned into a 'Pousada', a term coined in Portugal for old historic buildings that are turned into inns or ...
... by barrow from there. The more highly coveted Flor de Sal is skimmed from the surface of the pans each day at 4 pm throughout the season, dried and bagged. It is NOT used for cooking, but only 'for after the heat' at the table. It also has a high moisture content so you can't use a shaker, but 'a pinch in your finger' is the best way to apply. We buy a small bag which should last a while - I'm saving it for corn on the cob!
We move a few kms. down the road to ...
... and with a great view of the Atlantic from the balcony or rooftop terrace. We unpack and head down the boardwalk to find a restaurant for dinner, there a lots to choose from even with it being 'off-season. We pick Sabores Da Ria (Flavours of the River) with a 2nd floor view to the park & sea and enjoy a dinner of Prawn Curry. It's very good and we linger, enjoying the view. The restaurant fills as we sit, and are eventually forced to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parque Mourabel Apartments Vilamoura
Lovely Hotel but........
Ron & Sheila Newcastle upon Tyne
We stayed in PE-DO- LAGO, it was nice but needed a paint job , the rooms were ok, the towels were changed every day and it was very clean but old. Go to Il Carpo just down the road , it is a very good restaurant. The hotel bus takes you to the marina and stops outside Rui's go through the square at Rui's and turn left and go to O Colonial it is a superb restaurant and very reasonable. The marina is a great place to eat and drink you can't fail to enjoy yourselves.
Me and my husband stayed at the mourabel for 3 nights in June, we stayed in a one bed studio appartment,i must say that we were pleasantly surprised how spacious it was and the whole appartment was spotless.There was complementary milk, bottled water,tea bags,and sugar in the kitchen on arrival.There is a warm friendly bar at the back of reception with entertainment, we had loads of laughs in there!.The pool area is lovely with lush green garden areas all around,the bar is very close to the pool which was good.There is a complimentary minibus service from the reception area to Vilamoura centre about 4 or 5 times a day and it will bring you back at certain times as well.There are a few other bars and places to eat close by which are nice.All the staff were extremely kind and very helpful, and the locals are the nicest people we have ever met. We would definatly go back there again.
Lovely for familes
I have just come back from a lovely week. 4 adults and 4 children 12,12,9 and 7. The pool was a great hit with the kids, not alot more for the kids to do. The rooms are dated but had lots of room, but who goes on holiday to stay in their room! I would say most rooms had got a sea view. We had the buffet breakfast (great value) and went out to eat in the evening. other guests said that the food was lovely.
We walked into the main area around the marina it took about 1/2 hour, we didn't rush.We got a taxi back for about 4 euros.
I would go back again and recommened it to families and people who want a quiet holiday not one in the middle of a 24hour party!!
We stayed at the Parque Mourabel in Feb 2006, it was booked via the internet. I had read up on the accomodation and everyone had stayed at the Oasis village. I only wish now that we could have had the opportunity to stay there!!!
We stayed in an appartment under the jurisdiction the Mourabel complex in 1997 and got a good impression of the place and new our way around.
Just Got back
Just returned from The Parque Mourabel today and overall I would say that we enjoyed our stay there. The food was exelent (Half board menu) and the staff were nice and helpful. The rooms were slightly disapointing although they were clean.
I would advise anyone taking children not to stay here as there is very little in the way of entertainment for them, unless you are prepared to drive or spend lots of time on busses.
Being middle aged and without young children this place was ideal for a quiet break. The marina is fantastic and it is close by. There is a free mini bus daily to it and to the nearby beaches.
we have just returned from our first trip to the Algarve. We chose the Parque Mourabel complex because it was a good price and we just wanted a quick budget holiday. We flew with Jet2 from Manchester and the flight
We stayed at the Parque Mourabel complex but it was the other part of it called Pe De Lago. The apartment was big and roomy and it was good to have a separate bedroom. My son was only 14 months when we took him and they had a baby pool which was good for him. We really enjoyed Portugal and are planning to go again this year and will definately return to villamoura and not Albeferuia (Blackpool with sun!) we would maybe consider this compex again because it was a quiet place for my son but perhaps just a bit too quiet. It is situated at the back of villamoura so would maybe consider going closer to the marina. But be prepared it is not cheap to drink out especially the champagn sangria. It is a good priced complex for what you get.
Stayed in The Parque Mourabel Apartments for a week at the beginning of September with my boyfriend. The worst thing about it was the hotel bar - full of English people drinking too much and singing Elvis songs on the Karaoke! The 'restaurant' was adjacent to the bar and we only eat there once (that was enough) the karaoke was a bit much when you're trying to have a quiet meal! The apartments themselves were good. We were very lucky and had a huge terrace/balcony. Used the pool round the corner rather than the hotel pool - it was a lot quieter. The maid service was good - we had clean towels nearly every day. The bed was pretty uncomfortable, made a horrendous squeaking noise if you dared to move an inch once you were in it! But we found if you drank enough local wine you passed out immediately anyway! All in all a good place to stay. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful, and the excursions from the apartments were welll worth the money, especially the super safari and the portuguese night.