We stayed in the Vilanova Resort apartments mid September and found them good value for the money we paid at that time of the season. We wanted some late summer sun and we certainly were not disappointed. The resort is quite large, well maintained with a superb park-like centre with large swimming pool, kiddies pool and bar/snacks area. Plenty of sunbeds for everyone. The resort itself is an oasis in the centre of the 'strip' - where most of the bars, restaurants are located but we were not disturbed by any late night / early morning revellers. The only noisy night was the Friday - the local bullring is immediately behind the resort and sounded very lively (the bull doesn't get killed that night too).
Apartment was very large, basic but cleaned daily and perfectly adequate for couples or family. This resort seems to cater almost exclusively for the British (in all their glorious forms) so don't expect a cosmopolitan experience...
The resort is technically not in Albufeira (old town) but just ouside in one of its close suburbs. We took advantage of the little train (its a tractor on the road!) to get into the old town - buy a 4 Euro ticket and you can use the train all day and night (until 3 am!) which was good value and the old town is a little more sophisticated than the Strip area.
The beaches are about a 10 minute stroll down hill from the end of the Strip and well worth the walk - but watch the incoming tide, the waves can be monumental and catch you unawares! The beaches are also good from the old town front. Beach loungers with sun shades are quite pricey for a days hire (15 Euros per couple) so we bought a cheap parasol for about 5 euros and this was satisfactory.
I would go back there for a late break out of the main season, just to get some 'cheap' sun within 2 hours of blighty. Sandals Resort its not but good value nevertheless.
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- Also Known As:
- Vilanova Hotel Albufeira
- Vilanova Resort Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve