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Topic: Some general questions Albufeira/Algarve
Posted By: jameswhufc
Subject: Some general questions Albufeira/Algarve
Date Posted: 01/February/2018 at 15:22
Have been to Albufeira more than a dozen times usually in April / October.

However i will be in Madrid in August and am planning to drive down to the Algarve as i havent been for a few years so would like to catch up with old friends and visit the seaside.

So for the first time we will have a car so i can explore further afield, so my first question is any really nice beach recommendations driveable from Albufeira?

Haven't booked anywhere to stay yet so open to staying in different locations, i guess i'll just see whats available on Air BNB.

Also any good historical landmarks to visit around there? My girlfriend likes them kind of things (We are going to Granada in April to view the sites there).

Open to any suggestions really on things that can be done with a car that are worth doing once maybe - we will probably stay for 3/4 nights.


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Posted By: Big Col
Date Posted: 01/February/2018 at 16:02
Firstly I don't know where you have been before nor what your likes and dislikes are when it comes to beaches. You are spoilt for choice really.

Our personal favourites by car range from Falesia and those off the Ria Formosa national park to the East. Gale/Saldagos, Senhora da Rocha and beyond to the West.

For a full day excursion we love the surfing beaches on the West coast from Carrapateira through Bordeira towards Arrifana and Aljezur.

I'm sure others will also have their favourites too.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 02/February/2018 at 10:16
"---any really nice beach recommendations driveable from Albufeira?"

Masses, but you will be here at the most expensive time of year. Anything below top price will almost certainly have been booked long ago. Driveable? How far?? 10 minutes from Albufeira centre could be 6 miles away. And i am sure you understand that parking in town during August is well nigh impossible.

"Also any good historical landmarks to visit around there?"

A few, like Silves Castle and Cathedral, Faro old city inside the walls and its Cathedral. Lagos town, Cerro da Vila Roman site near Vilamoura marina, another Roman era site and museum at Estoi, north of Faro then there's the two castles at Castro Marim across the river from Spain, the fortress at Sagres and its museum to Henry the Navigator etc etc.


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Posted By: jameswhufc
Date Posted: 02/February/2018 at 11:07
With regards to the beach just wanted somewhere with just pure sand (rather than the sand at the old town with the shells etc) - just really something different. Yes im sure parking will be a nightmare but don't mind driving (i mean driving from Madrid is going to take 6 hours, although we plan to stop somewhere for the night on the way down). I'll have a search for those you mentioned Col.

Thanks cubsur for those. I'll have a look at them.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 02/February/2018 at 13:20
For 'pure' sand. Try the Fálesia area to the east. That beach wasn't rebuilt like those in town. I know there are airbnb rentals available over there as a friend of mine was doing a price comparison exercise for one he is renting out. (No joy for you, as it is in the town centre with no parking.)

There's also Galé and Salgados beaches to the west of town, but parking there is hideous in summer with all manner of crooks demanding money to 'guard' your car and others breaking into them anyway.


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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 02/February/2018 at 14:08
“There's also Galé and Salgados beaches to the west of town, but parking there is hideous in summer with all manner of crooks demanding money to 'guard' your car and others breaking into them anyway.”

Mmm, have to beg to differ, Salgados and Gale beaches are fantastic, pure sand, loads of parking in several locations and in ten years, with I’d say an average 20 to 30 visits to those beaches each year, we have never once been asked for money or seen a vehicle that has been broken into.

Superb beaches, highly recommended.

Places to visit? Put Alte and Monchique on your list.

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Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 02/February/2018 at 16:57
Originally posted by jameswhufc jameswhufc wrote:


However i will be in Madrid in August and am planning to drive down to the Algarve as i havent been for a few years so would like to catch up with old friends and visit the seaside.
Open to any suggestions really on things that can be done with a car that are worth doing once maybe - we will probably stay for 3/4 nights.

Hello James long time since you have popped up.
First of all congratulations to West Ham for managing to get £6.5 million off us for that Ashley Fletcher...you lot must be laughing your heads off Clap.
If I was you James I would stay in Madrid in August and enjoy it there. Albuferia is completely different in August to the time of year you are used to.
The roads are bedlam people seeing who can make the most dangerous moves especially on roundabouts.
You can`t get sat in bars for Portuguese/Spanish sat there all day or night nursing a bottle of water or cup of coffee...or nothing.
Take into account your cost of getting to Madrid and back petrol/tolls. Extortionate hotel prices and you would most likely be no worse off having a quick jaunt over from UK in September/October when it has eased off a bit and enjoying your August in Madrid.



Posted By: DICEYUK
Date Posted: 02/February/2018 at 17:39
Originally posted by cubsur cubsur wrote:

For 'pure' sand. Try the Fálesia area to the east. That beach wasn't rebuilt like those in town. I know there are airbnb rentals available over there as a friend of mine was doing a price comparison exercise for one he is renting out

I beg to differ too. Falesia was rebuilt last year (as I reported on here - http://albufeira.com/forum/albufeiras-beaches-today_topic2711_post102226.html#102226" rel="nofollow - http://albufeira.com/forum/albufeiras-beaches-today_topic2711_post102226.html#102226 ) from Golfinhos to a good way past Pine cliffs plus further along near Alfamar. Some areas are shell free but others are not. Even so,  you don't have to walk very far to find a nice stretch of fine sand.

Regards AirB&B, there are 2 apartments (a 1 bed and a 2 bed, both of which are very nice) in our block in Acoteias that do that and several others in the adjoining 3 blocks that make up the area known collectively as Pinhal do Concelho.
In addition there are around 40 to 50 other rentals on AirB&B in or around Acoteias/Falesia

http://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Acoteias-Apartment--Albufeira--Portugal/homes?place_id=ChIJA6wmGinKGg0RpUZBILSMzoc&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes&allow_override%5B%5D=&s_tag=rHS82AG5" rel="nofollow - https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Acoteias-Apartment--Albufeira--Portugal/homes?place_id=ChIJA6wmGinKGg0RpUZBILSMzoc&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes&allow_override%5B%5D=&s_tag=rHS82AG5


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Posted By: jameswhufc
Date Posted: 03/February/2018 at 15:19
Thanks everyone for the comments.

Originally posted by tonisdad tonisdad wrote:


Hello James long time since you have popped up.
First of all congratulations to West Ham for managing to get £6.5 million off us for that Ashley Fletcher...you lot must be laughing your heads off Clap.
If I was you James I would stay in Madrid in August and enjoy it there. Albuferia is completely different in August to the time of year you are used to.
The roads are bedlam people seeing who can make the most dangerous moves especially on roundabouts.
You can`t get sat in bars for Portuguese/Spanish sat there all day or night nursing a bottle of water or cup of coffee...or nothing.
Take into account your cost of getting to Madrid and back petrol/tolls. Extortionate hotel prices and you would most likely be no worse off having a quick jaunt over from UK in September/October when it has eased off a bit and enjoying your August in Madrid.

I still lurk around here but i guess my lack of visits to Albufeira recently means i have less to contribute here. 
Yes i am utterly amazed we got that money for Fletcher, i had completely forgotten about him and have just seen he's gone Sunderland on loan.

My girlfriends parents live in Madrid which is the reason i will be there in the Summer - i am there for 16 days. We like to use it as an opportunity to go to the beach for a few days - last year we visited Valencia - any beach we drive to is a minimum 4 hours.

Perhaps we could look into going somewhere else entirely or I am not sure if its worth staying somewhere close but perhaps we could go to Albufeira for the day - i mainly just wanted to visit to come see a few people i have made friends with there.

All my holiday days are fully used this year otherwise i would look to fly out of season (also my girlfriend works in a school so we can only do school holidays).


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Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 03/February/2018 at 17:50
James I think we loaned Fletcher to Sunderland in the hope he would help get them relegated LOL.
Maybe you might pick something up last minute in Albuferia or local.
We still bump into Nico who used to have the bar you drank in. He is working at Tres Coronas...Three Crowns...down the Old Town.



Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 04/February/2018 at 08:10
My mistake about Falesia then , I didn't notice many shells at all.


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Posted By: jameswhufc
Date Posted: 05/February/2018 at 09:34
Yes Nico is one of the first person's i would go an see. It's an added bonus that Tres Coroas is a great restaurant to eat in too.


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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 07/February/2018 at 14:53
Originally posted by tonisdad tonisdad wrote:

Originally posted by jameswhufc jameswhufc wrote:


However i will be in Madrid in August and am planning to drive down to the Algarve as i havent been for a few years so would like to catch up with old friends and visit the seaside.
Open to any suggestions really on things that can be done with a car that are worth doing once maybe - we will probably stay for 3/4 nights.

Hello James long time since you have popped up.
First of all congratulations to West Ham for managing to get £6.5 million off us for that Ashley Fletcher...you lot must be laughing your heads off Clap.
If I was you James I would stay in Madrid in August and enjoy it there. Albuferia is completely different in August to the time of year you are used to.
The roads are bedlam people seeing who can make the most dangerous moves especially on roundabouts.
You can`t get sat in bars for Portuguese/Spanish sat there all day or night nursing a bottle of water or cup of coffee...or nothing.
Take into account your cost of getting to Madrid and back petrol/tolls. Extortionate hotel prices and you would most likely be no worse off having a quick jaunt over from UK in September/October when it has eased off a bit and enjoying your August in Madrid.


Can't argue with that. Add the left turn lights half way up the hill to the dolphin roundabout, where idiots who have noticed the turn too late and just stop in the middle lane when the straight on light is already green... 



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Posted By: Linda
Date Posted: 07/February/2018 at 21:52
Places we have liked and would recommend: 
As already been mentioned, Falesia beach - stunning cliffs lovely stretch of beach.  

Carrapateira, Bordeira - beautiful and sandy beaches. 

Lagos. Stunning rocks. 
http://www.lagosportugalguide.com/lagos-algarve/ponta-da-piedade-lagos.html 
Some history in Lagos too. 

Yes, Alte -  as someone has said- is worth a visit, a lovely little place. 



Posted By: lizrod
Date Posted: 10/February/2018 at 12:01
Nico is opening a new bar this month at olhos de agua


Posted By: Vino
Date Posted: 10/February/2018 at 15:24
Do you know the name of the bar Nico is opening please?


Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 10/February/2018 at 19:23
Originally posted by lizrod lizrod wrote:

Nico is opening a new bar this month at olhos de agua

Yes hope it works well for them....Nico & Maria deserve a business that rewards them for the hard work they do they are a very hard working couple.


Posted By: jnhennessy
Date Posted: 11/February/2018 at 13:05
Sorry for hijacking this thread but I would also like to know where Nico's new bar is as we always say hello to him when in Albufeira and he deserves success with his new venture.


Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 11/February/2018 at 15:45
Originally posted by jnhennessy jnhennessy wrote:

Sorry for hijacking this thread but I would also like to know where Nico's new bar is as we always say hello to him when in Albufeira and he deserves success with his new venture.

& Vino.
 it is on the main drag through Olhos. I think it is/was called Nelsons. Heading from Albuferia direction the place is on your left about 200/300 metres past Intermarche.
They are hoping to be open in 3 or 4 days time......That is Portuguese timing so......Wink.....will let you know.


Posted By: Cooknoe
Date Posted: 11/February/2018 at 16:26
That is news indeed. I didn’t know Nelson’s was closing. We always enjoyed it there as the food was decent, plentiful, and Nelson and his staff were always lovely and friendly. Anyone know if they have moved elsewhere in Olhos?
From the comments on here, at least it sounds like the place has passed into good hands, so will definitely give it a go.
The restaurant is on the main road on the left, just before you turn right to go to the beach. It is next door to Tavertinos.


Posted By: jnhennessy
Date Posted: 11/February/2018 at 16:41
Originally posted by tonisdad tonisdad wrote:

Originally posted by jnhennessy jnhennessy wrote:

Sorry for hijacking this thread but I would also like to know where Nico's new bar is as we always say hello to him when in Albufeira and he deserves success with his new venture.

& Vino.
 it is on the main drag through Olhos. I think it is/was called Nelsons. Heading from Albuferia direction the place is on your left about 200/300 metres past Intermarche.
They are hoping to be open in 3 or 4 days time......That is Portuguese timing so......Wink.....will let you know.


Thanks Tonisdad

Will be over in May so we'll give him a shout.


Posted By: Vino
Date Posted: 12/February/2018 at 16:00
Thank you....will try and have a ride over at the weekend


Posted By: jameswhufc
Date Posted: 13/February/2018 at 09:57
When i was last in Albufeira 2 years ago he was still talking about having another bar again so great to hear they are opening a bar. It was great when he got Pasadena's - used to go there every day.

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Posted By: jameswhufc
Date Posted: 08/March/2018 at 10:59
Am all booked up for the 21st August for a few days stopping off at Merida the night before. Managed to get a nice looking apartment overlooking the sea near the old town.

Will be interesting to see how busy it is at peak time since i am so used to coming in April/October.

If anyone is around then, feel free to get the beers in Wink


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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 08/March/2018 at 11:05
If you can afford to come in August, we'll let you get the beers in James... Wink

There will be a quiz at Arte Bar on the 23rd so come and say hello!

August will be totally manic, packed to the rafters. We would never be here then if we had a choice.    



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Posted By: jameswhufc
Date Posted: 08/March/2018 at 11:39
Ha!

I am not much of a quiz expert but I'll come and give it a try. Is that the place that does the BBQ on a Sunday i think it is? I have never made it there but always wanted to come give it a go.

Yes i am sure this will be my first and last summer visit there. I much prefer the quieter time without the hustle and bustle.


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Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 08/March/2018 at 12:11
Yes that's the place James - come on Thursday and book for Sunday... 

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Posted By: jameswhufc
Date Posted: 08/March/2018 at 18:07
Am only there till Friday so i'll have to visit another time.

Also whats the preference is it to come down from the north of Portugal, or to drive across from Seville?


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Posted By: Richardk
Date Posted: 09/March/2018 at 10:22
Originally posted by jameswhufc jameswhufc wrote:

Am only there till Friday so i'll have to visit another time.

Also whats the preference is it to come down from the north of Portugal, or to drive across from Seville?
Seville definitely - cheaper fuel no tolls till you get to Portugal & empty motorways


Posted By: tonisdad
Date Posted: 11/March/2018 at 12:39
Originally posted by Richardk Richardk wrote:

Originally posted by jameswhufc jameswhufc wrote:

Am only there till Friday so i'll have to visit another time.

Also whats the preference is it to come down from the north of Portugal, or to drive across from Seville?
Seville definitely - cheaper fuel no tolls till you get to Portugal & empty motorways

james don`t leave yourself needing petrol in Portugal it is up to 20 cents litre cheaper in Spain.


Posted By: Algarveaddick
Date Posted: 11/March/2018 at 13:05
Originally posted by tonisdad tonisdad wrote:

Originally posted by Richardk Richardk wrote:

Originally posted by jameswhufc jameswhufc wrote:

Am only there till Friday so i'll have to visit another time.

Also whats the preference is it to come down from the north of Portugal, or to drive across from Seville?
Seville definitely - cheaper fuel no tolls till you get to Portugal & empty motorways

james don`t leave yourself needing petrol in Portugal it is up to 20 cents litre cheaper in Spain.

Good tip, Paul. James, there's a filling station about 2km from the border in Spain. 


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Posted By: lizrod
Date Posted: 11/March/2018 at 15:53
Nico is now open 



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