My girlfriend and I returned yesterday from a weeks stay at the Mar a Vista. We were allocated room 301 which was a twin bedded room with bathroom and balcony. The room itself was clean and of an adequate size. the bathroom had a light smell of sewage throughout our stay and on our last night had an infestation of ants. A call to reception and a spray of ant killer sorted them out!!
The view from the balcony is excellent, catching the morning sun but beware the streets below are noisey, either buses going past or dog barking. The hotel is located about a 10 min walk to the old town, it is located on the street behind the Estalgen do Cerro. The staff at the hotel are very pleasant and nothing was too much trouble. If you want a drink you have to ask at reception and they will service you anytime, but they did run out of bottled lager. A can of coke in the hotel is 1.20 euro and a 33cl bottle of Sagres is 1.50 euro. there is a local bar in the street below called Victoria Bar and a bottle of Sagres is 1.20 euro.
Plenty of places to eat in Albfeira, my word of advice is to avoid the overpriced food in the square. We ate a O Veleiro on rua 5 Outubro on 2 occasions, first time we had Salmon which came with salad, boilded potatoes and veg for 8 euro each, with drink it cost under 23 euroes for two. The second time we ate my girlfriend had Salmon with salad and I had the Steak Portugeuse Style cooked medium which was tasty and excelent this was 9 euroes., again spoending less than 23 euroes. Get there early to get a table ro get to know Carlos and he'll look after you.
We had breakfast at the Cabana Fresca on Cais Herculano every morning. English breakfast cost 2.0 euros and was filling with tea and coffee it came to under 10 euros for brekkie!! Some of the restaurants were offering a 10% discount ticket on evening meals but we didn't have an evening meal at any of these restaurants.
We also at at the Mi Sombrero mexican restaurant which was the most expensive at 38 euroes for 3 beers each, starters and mains. The service on this occasion was non existent and for this reasion alone I would not reccomend it.The Regimental Sergant Major who owns Wild Bill Hiccups has sold up abd will be moving so goodbye and thank to him. Rock Cafe in the old town had some good bands, well worth a visit.
We caught the local bus to Vilamoura from the Modelo and this cost us 3.55 euros each one way but DO NOT rely on any of the timetables!!! We also caught the direct bus to Faro from Albufeira bus terminal which cost 4.20 euros each one way, be aware at the weekend there is not a diretc bus back to Albufeira so it took 1 hour 40 mins to get back!!
On our last full day we went on a cave and rock boat tour from Albufeira pier costing 10 euro each, this was real valur as you will see from the pictures.
Although the street work have been comleted we noticed a general smell of sewage around some of the streets of Albufeira. On average a small lager (0.20l) costs between 1 - 2.50 euros and a large beer (0.40l) is 2 euro, a Bacardi and Coke is anyhing betwwen 4 - 6.50 euros but be aware some measure are so small you can't taste the alcohol. We wouldn;t return to albufeira for a weeks holiday but would come back for a mid week break.
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