We had a great time, although we were apprehensive after reading the reviews. The apartment was basic but clean and quite large especially the balcony, which got sun from about 11.30 each day. The receptionist Umbelina was very helpful firstly she warned us to lock the shutters when away and asleep which is common sense for anyone with half a brain, this is exactly the same precautions that need to be taken all along the med, its a fact of life. If you dont like the idea don't go. She also helped with us to find the open air markets, one on Wednesday in Quarteira and the other in Loule on Saturday, although the market in Loule was the same traders as in Quarteira but only half the size. What made the trip worthwhile was a 5 minute walk into the town centre which is full of charm and character and includes a large indoor market in typical portugese style.
Both trips were by the national bus company EVA whose ternimus is about 500 yards to the right along the main road. It is advisable to book a return ticket which cost 10.5 and 11.5 euros total for two respectively .
The beach is one of the best I have seen and although it is only about 50 yards in depth to the sea it goes for miles or so it seems, didn,t walk the whole length.
Our holiday was made when we stumbled across the local festes happening on the Esplande. There were about 6 of the local towns taking it in turn to show of their costumes, which were absolutely fantastic, and perform dance and marching routines which must have taken weeks to perfect, and which occassionally went wrong and provided hilarious interludes. The whole show was trully fantastic.
The best Supermarket we found was Ecomarche about 3/4 mile along the main road to the right. Bread is very expensve, so you need to look for the day to day bargains. 1 litre bottles of Super Bock the local beer were good value and for the women instead of Baileys try Carlines (I think thats how its spelt) made in Ireland, 1 litre bottle for 8.50 euros, the wife thought it tasted better than Baileys, much creamier. Nice small cafe alongside apartments afternoon coffee and cakes very reasonable prices.
I will post some photos of our holiday.
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