Rosamar 1, though a little dated, is clean, spacious and well equipped - e.g. aircon, hair-dryers, ironing board, bidet. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient with daily cleaning service. There is a small indoor pool in the building and a separate outdoor pool across the road but they are not much used because located only 50 yards away is probably one of the best beaches in the Algarve and one that seems very popular with the portugese themselves who, by the way, are very polite and helpful. Their presence in family groups mainly, probably explains the lack of loud brash bars and discos, though there are many fine and excellent value restaurants in the resort - seafood very popular, where it is possible for a family of four to eat out (including drinks) for around Euro50. If self-catering, groceries and drink prices are only a third of the cost in Ireland.
The beach is well maintained with plenty of supervised water-sports (ask for Carlos, who when he is not running this venture, works off-season in Cork ) umbrellas and some great beach bars - check out the Palm beach, below Hotel Garbe, run by (Jokin) Joachim and Paul, two of the friendliest and most effiicient guys you could hope to meet. It has lots of variety from small cliffs at the West end, a prom and fishermans beach towards the centre, and then stretching for over 2 miles east along sand-dunes to the next resort of Gale - for those who like to stretch their legs.
Armacao de Pera itself is relatively small, though expanding fast judging by the amount of building since I was last there ten years ago. It has about three main streets of high-rise apartment/hotel buildings stretching for about one km along a pleasant prom overlooking the beach ending in a small but nice old town centre with plenty of small shops and restaurants.
It is also well located for many of the local attractions: Zoomarine, markets at Loule, hectic nightlife in Albufeira, culture in Silves.
If its a beach holiday you are after, you will not be disappointed.
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