We have just returned from Albufeira today. We booked a cheap four night break at the Lageada Sol after reading the reviews on here. On arrival at 11.30 we were greeted by Salvatore, who informed us that our room would not be ready until 3pm. We were able to leave our luggage in a spare room and went off to explore and get something to eat, so it wasn't a problem. Salvatore is very knowledgeable about the area, providing us with a map and a detailed explanation of the locations of cashpoints, good places to eat etc. Upon return, our studio apartment was ready and I have to say it was comfortable and spotlessly clean, with everything you could possibly need in terms of cooking utensils etc. The shower was powerful and stayed hot.
The pool area is great but we do agree with some of the posts on here, that it would have been much better if the bar was open and snacks made available for guests to buy.
As stated by other guests, the hotel is conveniently located for both The Strip and the old town.
Eating out is as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be and there are restaurants and cafes everywhere! We would recommend a restaurant, soon to be called the "3J's" which is opposite a bar called Banana's at the top end of the strip. The food is amazing and very cheap compared to U.K
The Old Town is a shopper's paradise and it is possible to book excursions from many outlets here, but do shop around as the prices vary by a few Euro's per ticket in different places.
We booked to go on the Extreme Jeep Safari. It was worth every penny and is possibly one of the best things we've ever done. The driver/guide was simply incredible whizzing us up and down dirt roads at 60-70mph! The lunch and different stop off points were all really good too, as we were given a glimpse of the real Algarve.We spent most of the day screaming or laughing our heads off! It was fabulous but be prepared for a few bruises and it's definitely not suitable for young children.
A trip to the caves by boat is also recommended. The coastline is breathtakingly beautiful.
All in all we've had a wonderful time and would happily stay at the Lageado Sol again.
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- Lageado Sol Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve