My boyfriend and myself travelled to Portugal on the 24th June 2014 for a week’s holiday, I was very much looking forward to this holiday has I had just completed final year of university..... A year of stress, deadlines and a few sleepless nights!!
We arrived at Faro airport and got our 35/40 min transfer to the Orada Apartments. On arrival the reception staff were extremely friendly and made us both feel very welcome, our apartment was ready and waiting for us which was fantastic as our holiday last year in Turkey we had a dreadful 6 hour wait before being allowed to entry our all-inclusive accommodation! The staff told us about their daily bus that went 2 or 3 times into the main supermarket in Albuferia, although we didn’t use this service as the shops located at the marina across the road had everything we needed.
The apartments as you can see from the photos shared by others are bright coloured buildings similar to the children’s tv show balamory, they definitely brightened up our first morning when it was a tad cloudy!! We were located in block C which was to the side of the reception area around the corner from the main pool, which for us was prefect location. Prior to going on holidays we had read that pool view rooms were highly advisable but I would tend to disagree, my reason for this is because when we were ready to head back to our apartment to get organised for our evenings out we were able to have some quiet time without having to listen to the sound that surrounds the atmosphere of the poolside.
Our apartment was extremely spacious, tidy, and clean and a kitchen that had everything you could imagine to cook a delicious meal. People had commented on bringing your own washing up liquid or dishing washing tablets as they found it disappointing that they weren’t provided, personally I think this is just being too picky and expecting too much as the small local shop sold dish washing tablets for 0.60cent each (crisis resolved very easily and cheaply). The apartment was cleaned daily with bedding and towels changed every other day. There was a small poolside cafe which sold sandwiches, pizzas, burgers and chips, ice lollies, drinks (soft and alcohol), crisps and sweets. My boyfriend had a pizza for lunch one day and wasn’t overly keen on it, although this could be because he's so used to my fantastic cooking skills!!! Overall this was an ideal cafe with close location to the pool and the reception area to access the wifi whilst enjoying an ice cold drink.
There is also a lot of daily activities such as dolphin watching, parasailing among other things to do throughout the day which was located at the marina, a 3/4 min walk across the road from the apartments.
The walk into old town took us on average 12/15 mins daily which we both really enjoyed as the views across the marina really is breath taking. This was a nice easy walk which I'd imagine would be ideal for most people as it wasn’t too strenuous, although we did get a taxi once on the way back and was pleasantly surprised as it only cost 6 euro! Old town itself was prefect location for us as we were away from the busy atmosphere of the town during the day but close enough at night to dander in for a drink or a nice meal. On our first night we found a lovely lively Irish bar, the Shamrock which had live music every night with a lovely owner called Frank who had plenty of time for a chat and smile and also his two employees who were always on hand to provide a quick and friendly service. There was plenty of wee shops and stalls in old town to pick up any holiday gifts or nice cheap football jerseys if you have a partner who is football crazy!!! There is also plenty of places to choose to eat, our favourite was a small Italian restaurant located on the corner before walking down the hill into the main old town street (sorry we have forgotten the name, but do not let that put you off as the food was truly delicious and fresh).
Overall we had a brilliant holiday with a fantastic apartment, great night’s craic in old town and plenty of hours of sunshine throughout the day. We would both highly recommend the Orada Apartments and particularly this location for the convenience of old town being such a short walk away. We will definitely be returning in the coming months or years.
I hope this review helps you choose your prefect holiday location
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- Orada Apartments Albufeira
- Orada Apartments Hotel Albufeira
- Apartamentos Turisticos Da Orada Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve