Just returned from a week in Albufeira and a stay in Vila Branca, and couldnt say it was bad but equally couldnt say it was great either. If you are after a cheap week in a good location this is the place, these apartments are family run and owned which is linked to the Casa Mitchell complex on the other side of the street. Residents of Vila Branca can use the pool at Casa Mitchell which is really chilled and a great little spot to catch a few rays and have a dip in the pool. There are no facilities at the pool ie bar for food and drinks etc however we just had a little cool bag for cold drinks which was great and saved money. If you are staying in Vila Branca you have to ask the reception guys to buzz you in and out of Casa Mitchell to access the pool which can get a bit tedious if you are going for snacks & drinks. There is also no toilet facilities poolside so we had to go back & forth to use the toilet in our apartment. On the plus side the pool is very quiet no kids splashing around and this was a bonus in itself. The Casa Mitchell complex can only be booked through Thomson Holidays from what we gathered and these apartments had nice big balconies and the guys staying here could simply walk in and out to use their toliet or grab a cold on from the fridge!!
The accomodation in Vila Branca has a small mini bar style fridge which never gets that cold and the air con system is basically a wall mounted fan which didnt make the room any cooler at night to sleep in.
Location wise these apts are in a great spot five mins walk to the square where all the action happens and no taxis are needed if you are fit for a few hills.
To sum up Vila Branca is a get what you pay for type of place, I would recommend it to those on a budget but a week would be the maximum amount of time you could stay here. I would definitely return to Albufeira and the old town it has something for all but the next time I would like a bit more luxury which you simply wont get at Vila Branca.
The hotel rocamar is one street away and looks much nicer I will hopefully stay there when I return to Albufeira.
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- Vila Branca Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve