Just returned from an 8 day stay, our first time in the Algarve.
Booked with Easyjet Holidays and only paid £500 for both us us.
Hotel owners Rosa, Victor and their son Paul couldn't of been more welcoming and helpful. Our ground floor room (4) was very basic but we wouldn't of expected anything else for the price we paid. Our very small bathroom had a shower, toilet and sink squeezed in and was in need of updating. There were some old mould stains around the bottom of the shower and also some white mould marks on the wall above our bed. However, I know some of the rooms don't have this problem. The TV only had bbc World News which would of been fine if the weather hadn't been so bad. Only 2 days of sunshine out of 8, the rest of the days were torrential rain, wind, drizzle and low cloud.
We were also made very welcome by the other hotel guests, many who return year after year. The location was perfect for us, only a few minutes walk to bars and restaurants, around 15 minutes either left or right at the end of the road takes you to a beach. Beware, if you turn right at the end of the main road from the hotel and go to the beach which is left at the garage: the first day we arrived it was sunny enough to take a dip and I suffered nasty cuts and bruising to my leg on the rocks while swimming.
The walk to Albufeira only took us 35 mins and a further 20 into the old town. Busses were plentiful, but in spite of the weather we preferred to walk.
Our favourite cafes were Soft Cafe and Cafe Creme (left at the main road) which were great for coffee and snacks. I wish I could say our favourite restaurant was Portuguese, but unfortunately (maybe we were unlucky) I found the food quite bland apart from the garlic prawns. The best meal we had over the week was at Fratelli's Italian down by the beach in Olhos de Agua. We went there twice, the fillet steaks were great. We will return to Olhos de Agua next year but will pay a little bit more for accommodation. We used Yellowfish transfers to get to the airport and back, they were fantastic. 61 euro return and a free bottle of wine.
- Also Known As:
- Agua Marinha Hotel Olhos De Agua
- Agua Marinha Hotel
- Agua Marinha Olhos De Agua, Portugal - Albufeira
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