Ponta Grande Resort
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Today during breakfast I went searching for the head chef and that attempt was far from successful. After we ate breakfast we decided to take a trip to the nearby beach, Praia da Falesia. The beach was unlike any beach I have ever seen before, mainly because there were so many hills and cliffs that were what appeared to clay and sand. Those cliffs went along the entire shoreline so you have to walk down hills and ...
... hills) and then went up an outside escalator to the top of another ridge. There we boarded a little touristy train for a 45 minute tour around the town, seeing both the old and new areas. There are majestic multi-colored cliffs everywhere. The Atlantic Ocean is a beautiful blue and the sands have a golden color. While the temperature is certainly warmer than NH and Guisborough, we still needed coats.
February 12: ...
... across the long bridge across the bay... and to Portimao. My Lagos Superhike is officially over. Summary of my Lagos Superhike. This Superhike allowed me a number of snapshots of real life in small town Portugal and its simple charm... it also allowed me a look at some of the faded grandeur of yesteryears in castle towns like Silves and ...
... foot... And... there it is... suddenly a valley opens up before me, an ancient arched bridge across river and classic medieval town on the other side, built around a magnificent castle towering in the center.
Yep, I'm glad I broke with tradition and did a little research this time.
I hurry down the valley and plunge into this magical town.
Over these last couple days I've come to equate traditional here in Portugal with ...
Day 176 2 hrs, 6.0 kms On down the road, I find myself walking along a busy highway lined with water parks and touristy stuff--so when I spot another village off to the side on a hilltop, I eager to check it out. Here I wander in the dusk through the tranquil cobblestone streets, and pause for a concert sitting on a wall, overlooking the village, open fields and the sun setting beyond, with a charming little whitewashed church behind ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ponta Grande Resort Albufeira
We recently stayed for a week (Saturday to Saturday) in September 2006 at the Ponta Grande resort, and couldn't have asked for more.
Have just returned from a short break at the Ponta Grande staying for 3 nights (4-7 July) and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The complex is clean, accommodation superb and even the breakfast was not as bad as the previous 2 reviews stated, although we would not recommend this as it did take some time for the breakfast to be brought to the table. We only went for breakfast 2 out of the 3 mornings we were there and apart from one other family we were the only ones that were in the restaurant. There was not a buffet set up but the waiter bought tea/coffee, orange juice, bread rolls with jam, cheese and ham and eggs and bacon to our table all of which was very nice.
I totally agree with the comments of the last reviewer. The accomodation itself is very good. The villas are spacious, clean and the maids visit daily. The pool area is never overcrowded and the grounds are very well maintained. The resort is quiet although more villas were occupied towards the end of our stay. The resort is a short taxi ride from the old town of Albufeira.
Positive points are that it is very clean and tidy. Appartments are very large - small houses in fact. TV incuding UK channels 1-3. Views from the appartment patios are mostly of other appartments, so those wanting a sea or countryside view will be disappointed. Cleaners came every day. It was very quiet when we were there - a plus point for us, but probably worrying for the resort owners - more staff than guests. Pool area was ok - moderate sized and plenty of loungers free. Location of the resort is ok, within 15 mins walk of a small nice beach, and placed midway along the Algarve. Parking is secure on-site behind automated gates.
Huge space at amazing price as 'allocation on arrival' with First Choice guaranteed 4* 2 bedroom acommodation. Couldn't fault it. Better equipped than many English holiday cottages. Spotlessly clean and huge space in apartment. Beautiful and clean pool area. Excellent restaurant with good service and excellent food at very reasonable prices. Reception staff friendly, smiling and nothing too much trouble. Lovely quiet location in very beautiful surroundings. If you go do try Dom Dini's restaurant - turn right out of entrance and 1/4 mile walk down the road on the right - fantastic food, wonderful friendly service and noithing too much trouble. I recommend the clams!
Forget Florida. Portugal represents excellent value and is loaded with culture.
Superb family holiday
This was our 2nd stay at the Ponta Grande, the 1st was 4 years ago. It was great to see that standards have remained very high throughout the complex. A huge townhouse was spotlessly clean. The landscaped areas were kept very well. The pool is safe, clean, plenty of loungers and not too many people reserving 'their' louger either. The bar/restaurant are lovely and very helpful, the facilities were a little tired, but all working. Overall we had a great time.
Top tip, hire a car and get yourself out into the countryside. Its fabulous up in the mountains and around Monchique and Silves.
Just returned from a 2 week stay at the Ponta Grande a few weeks ago, and must say, we couldn't find a singe fault. This villa complex was new and well kept. The houses were modern and spacious. The location was within walking distance of Praia da Sao Rafael, one of the Algarve's top 10 beaches. Yet, still a little away from the crowded Albufeira city centre in the western suburb of Sesmarias. This is the perfect base to enjoy peace and quiet, but still only be a 10 minute cab ride from "The Strip" and a night of partying. The kitchen in our villa was fully equipped and we were able to save a good deal by often eating in.
We stayed in Ponta Grande for a week in late March. Being off-season, the resort and the whole area was very quiet
These appartments are fantastic. Kitchen, cloakroom and large dining/lounge area downstairs with 2 bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. The dining/lounge area leads out onto a large patio through huge glass doors. Upstairs the second bedroom has a panel which slides open and looks down over the lounge area. It was all immaculately clean and tidy with maid service every day. The pool area was clean with plenty of loungers for everyone. There is a small playground for the children and tennis courts. We ate out every night so did not use the restaurant but the menu looked lovely, with a wide variety for all. Plenty of walking in the surrounding area, views of the sea and gorgeous houses you can only dream about. A walk to the nearest beach will take around 15 minutes and well worth it. The only down side to this holiday is that the town was a good 45 minutes walk, we went to the old town every night and because we did not hire a car, we spent a fortune on taxi's! Had a great time all round and will be going back this year.