I have just returned from a weeks break in Alvor, Portugal, and stayed at the Mar Alvor. Upon arrival, I was extremely dissapointed and shocked at how run down The Algarve looked, with graffiti and run down properties at every turn. When we finally arrived at the Mar Alvor it looked tired and run-down and in need of an update. We found the beach, although our route was an up and downhill trek for 20 mins. The beach is amazing, and once located changes your whole perspective of Alvor!!
Further into the week, we located a short-cut to the beach, turn left out of apartments, and then right at the roundabout at the base of the hill and follow the road to the beach, approx 5-10 mins walk max!! My son adored the pool, but did cut his foot on one of the many loose tiles at the bottom.. and after a day of scorching sun on the beachfront, it was lovely just to dive into and have some pool fun.
I ran out of gas on one day, leaving us without the ability to cook and there was nobody on site to assist. The following day, when he was back at work, the gas bottle was exchanged promptly. In seven days, the appartment was cleaned once, but towels were changed every other day. Lumpy pillows, but after all the walking we could've slept on concrete and not noticed!
I would recommend these appartments as a very low budget, cheap get-away, but hire a car as Alvor itself is very small with very limited shops and night-life.
Room 104 over looks the pool with a large balcony.
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