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Wintering in Albufeira

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Wintering in Albufeira

We are considering a three to four week stay in February 2015, after we retire. We have several questions:

Where is the best area to stay in an apartment or condo accommodation?

Where is a good place or area to meet other English speaking travellers?

Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: Wintering in Albufeira

Hello Canada ... you`ve come to the right place. Lots of good people to advise and almost every 2nd person in Albufeira is either a UK/Irish citizen , or speaks English well. The city has 41,000 permanent residents and a good deal more visitors most of the year, as well as having a huge array of very good accomodation and restaurants at very cheap prices.

Go to www.albufeiraguide.yolasite.com/ and find many Hotels and Restaurants listed by area and price as a guide ... reviews for these will be found here on TA by simply typing in the name. Have fun ... come back if you have more questions.

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I have stayed in the Oura Atlantico several times over the past 20 years and have met several people from England and Scotland who spend the winter in the complex usually from Nov- end of Feb. It usually cost about €100 per week and they do a weekly run to the bigger supermarkets so you can stock up for the week.

You have lots of restaurants and plenty of shops including a decent supermarket around the corner and are on the bus route so you can do some exploring plus about 400 yards from the beach with a bit of a hill back up. A taxi to the old town cost about €5 or if you are in no hurry and have decent legs you can walk it in less than 30 mins.

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3. Re: Wintering in Albufeira

We receive a lot of your countrymen in winter as they seek to escape the rigours of your climate.

There are a number of bars and restaurants in the town run by British ex-pats, where you can find us mumbling into our beer of an evening, watching sports on TV normally.

As pyrman says, many Portuguese speak English (it's essential for the tourist trade) so once you find somewhere suitable let us know and we can point you in the direction of suitable establishments.

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Many thanks to all for your info sharing. We are leaning toward central Albufeira as close to the old town as we can afford. Do all apt rentals include some type of central heating or do we have to inquire specifically on this. Suggested apt rentals and popular watering holes with some English speaking patrons would be welcome.

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Lots of decent apartments have aircon so you can heat your room, cheaper accommodation will maybe provide you with a radiator to heat the apartment. Have a look at Brisa Sol 4* http://www.hotelbrisasol.com/ Tripadvisor reviews:http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g189112-d264195-Reviews-Hotel_Apartamento_Brisa_Sol-Albufeira_Faro_District_Algarve.html situated a the top of the old town, near to all main big supermarkets & only 10 mins walk via the escalators to fishermans beach, nice hotel, self catering, but ask for a pool view room otherwise you get road traffic noise. If you want to stay in the old town itself try Rocamar or Sol E Mar both , overlooking the beach ( not sure whether they do self catering though, maybe B&B plus whatever extras you require). As suggested previously Ouratlantico 3* its a nice complex & quiet in winter months, but situated on new side of town, approx €4 in taxi to old town area. No aircon for heating but they do provide a radiator for heating, dirt cheap prices in winter months, decent spacious apartments with everything you need for self catering, near to some decent bars & restaurants in Oura/St Eulalia area.

Edited: 7:46 pm, January 06, 2014
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6. Re: Wintering in Albufeira

Rocamar and Sol E Mar are both proper hotels ie no self catering option.

Turial Park apartments right down in the old town are self catering.

Brisa Sol would be a good option as it is 2 minutes walk from a large supermarket and shopping centre for all your needs and only 10 minutes walk from the old town centre.

In February you will find daytime temperatures around 16C / 60F, often warmer, which compared to current Canadian figures is positively tropical. But nights can feel damp and that is where some form of heating may be required. Central heating is fairly unusual here but many places have air-con / warm air heaters and if not would have portable radiators as I do.

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Button, my site (top) is currently updating prices for March 2014, which should be a good guide to Feb 2015.

Look also at ALMAR which has a good position. If you need to augment heating cheaply, I`d suggest a small air blower (12 euro) from WORTEN, downstairs in the MODELO shopping centre (next to Brisa Sol).

Edited: 7:03 am, January 07, 2014
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8. Re: Wintering in Albufeira

For self catering have a look at Forte do vale modern apartments and they have duel air con. When there during one winter when required we found the heating from the unit very good. It has a privately run health club downstairs, in a good location for the Old Town.

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9. Re: Wintering in Albufeira

Thanks all, lots of good leads to investigate. Hope we didn't seen sucky about the heating, likely just testy over one ice storm and one arctic vortex too many so far this year. Cubsur, 16C would definitely be tropical compared to current temps here and now. Will check out the suggestions provided and may be back with new queries.

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10. Re: Wintering in Albufeira

Hi

And if on your stay you do venture into the new part of town and on the strip they've a Canadian bar which was literally my best part of Albufeira!! The guy who runs it (his name has left my mind) was lovely and welcoming be sure to give it a try. All the best.

Chantelle

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