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    Posted: 16/May/2017 at 16:44
Small up+date 30th August 2020only a few changes from last year noted below.

I have marked some places with a **. These were closed at the time of my passing, between 12 and 1230. I saw no signs and at this time it's not possible to say whether closure is short term, long term or permanent.

Top level - ie the road. The Orada apartments are directly behind this row of shops.

West to east ie from the roundabout going towards town.

1 - empty
2 - Algar Opportunity Property Management
3 , 4 and 5 - empty
6 - Algarve Hiddden Gems Holiday rentals
7 - Beauty Respect ladies hairdresser
8 - 11 - Urban Sky Group estate agents
12 – Raiana Melo Ladies hair
13 to 21 – empty except
19 - Top Wheels Albufeira **
22 - Alex barber shop
23 - Momentos Intuitioius ** (Shop front gives no clues as to its business!)
24 - The Art of Tattoo
25 - empty
26 - 27 Tabacaria/café blá blá blá (that's its name!). Sells English and other newspapers now closed on Sundays
28 - Pharma(cy) Health Marina
29 - Corte-me o Pèlo - pet grooming
30 - empty
31 - Fat Cats ticket shop - NEW
32 - ATM Multibanco
33 and 34 Orada Apartments reception
35 - Garvetur Travel Agents
36 to 38  - Meu Super(market) 0730 to 1930 winter, open until 2200 April to end October. ATM there also
39 to 41 empty
42 - Direct Homes Holiday Rentals **
43 - 56 empty EXCEPT FOR
53 - Mercadinho do Marina minimarket, newspapers (Incl UK) and beach goods.
57 - Europa car, scooter and bike hire

Taxi rank is just beyond here (move from centre of block)

LOWER LEVEL ie by the water

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These are not numbered in the same way as the upper level so I have gone by doorways. Again, west to east going towards the town and sea. This is a pedestrian zone.

All the bars and cafés now have free wifi for customers. PT wifi is available in the whole area but you need an account. There are several Euronet ATM's down here. USE WITH CAUTION! High currency conversion charges.

The children's rides, trampolines and the SCAD jump that were in the corner were removed after last summer.

There is the public washing machine place, with 2 washers and a drier, under a shelter.

Many of the cafés, bars and restaurants below are not open during winter.

Those marked ** were closed a the time of my passing. Nothing to indicate when or if they will re-open.

1 and 2 - Small SPAR supermarket 0800 - 2000 every day and Euronet ATM
3 - NIKAIA Restaurant, Wine Bar, Tapas
4 - Sharky's Bar
5 - Luxury Fitness Boutique
6  - Elite Lashes Eyelash extensions
7 - Fat Cats (bar) at the Marina
8 - Burger Mio
9 and 10 - No Solo Italian Restaurant
Entrance to marina car park and karting area - karting website http://www.algarvekarting.com
11 - "The Cake Shop"
12 and 13 - empty
14- empty but shopfitters working on something new
15 - 16 Wine and Sushi - Japanese eatery
17 to 20 - Algarve Ten Pin Bowling http://www.algarvebowling.com/ 'Strikers Bar' and Euronet ATM
21 and 22 Empty
23 - Agua y Sal Mexican Grill
24 and 25– 'Jack's Irish Pub'
26 - Tasca Portuguesa restaurant
27 - Belize Sports Bar and Café, Belize boat trip sales
between 27 and 28 is now a Euronet ATM
27a - Algar Experience Boat trips shop
28 – TANGO - A shop selling hats, baskets and stuff
29 - Pipa's Bar Restaurant **
30 - Contra Mestre bar restaurant
31 and 32 – Café Gazetto restaurant **
33 - Seacre Tours boat trips and kayak rental
34 - Easydivers Dive Centre diving shop
35 and 36 - Paragrafo bar
37 - empty then another entrance to parking, karting etc, also toilets.
38 - Gate 4 café/bar **
39 - Marina Yacht Club ** or My café (not as up market as it sounds) also Euronet ATM
40 to 42 - Pipa's Fun Bike, scooter and Segway rental, Pipa's park children's play area (not free!) Pipa's bowling (2 short lanes) and across the open space are all the stands of the various marine excursion companies. 

On the corner is the boarding point for many of the boat trips.


Other Supermarkets near the marina area

Nearest – Intermarché, open 0830 – 2000 every day except 25th December and 1st January.

A few minutes uphill walk. Other, larger, stores are 2 - 3km distant in town. Map at http://www.algarvebus.info/images/roundabouts.jpg – the marina area is at the bottom left.

TRANSPORT

TAXI RANK – LOCATED AT THE TOP LEVEL NEAR THE MINIMARKET. IF NO TAXIS THERE, CALL (+351) 289 583 230

BUS SERVICE FROM MARINA INTO OLD TOWN AND BEYOND

Weekdays 0730 – 1930 every 30 minutes

Saturdays 0730 – 1430 every 30 minutes then at 30 minutes past each hour until until 1930

Sundays and Holidays 0730 – 1930 every 60 minutes

Last buses are two hours later ie 2130hrs from June to end September. Last bus from old town is 1915 hrs winter, 2115 hrs summer.

Fare for any journey is €1,40 cash on board, 80 cents with prepaid pass. Day pass €4, buy from driver. Tickets are valid 1 hour and can be used to change to other GIRO buses and thus get almost anywhere in town.

Stop location – on the wide road just around the corner from the fountain.

More information www.algarvebus.info/004r.htm

Tuk-tukss line up at the bottom entrance to the marina, where the road swings around towards the fishing harbour, ready for gullible tourists who think they work like taxis.

BOAT TRIPS

At the time of my visit (30th August) some were not operating and kiosks closed.

This list may not be 100% but here are companies operating boat trips etc from Albufeira marina. Most operate only in summer eg May to October.  Reservation is a good idea as trips are often full. You can do this on line at some companies, at one of the ticket shops dotted around town or down at the marina  itself.

There is a row of booths at the seaward end of the marina.

Grouped by type of activity as per the various leaflets etc I collected.

Cruise and Sailing

www.algarveboatcruises.com/ lists many of those below

belize_3

www.algarvecharters.com - you can charter a boat for a day or half day. Yacht Finismar.
www.algarve-cruises.com – Yacht Amorita
www.dreamwavealgarve.com – Leãozinho 'Pirate Ship'.
Jetboat Algarve - Facebook page but no website

Yacht Bachelor – Facebook page, no website.

Oceaneye - http://oceaneyealgarve.pt/ - glass bottomed boat

oceaneye boat

Caves and Coastline

www.algarve-cruises.com – Yacht Amorita
Boat Alzirinha - no website
www.algarveboatcruises.com/

http://www.seacret-tours.com

www.dreamwavealgarve.com

marina_belize_boat

Parasailing and Jet ski-ing

www.algarexperience.com
www.dreamwavealgarve.com

Fishing trips

www.algarexperience.com
 
www.algarveboatcruises.com/

www.wishandfish.pt

Yacht Bachelor – Facebook page, no website.

Beach Barbeque

www.algarexperience.com

Dolphins search (no guarantees you will actually see one!)

www.algarexperience.com
www.dolphins.pt – stall says Dolphins Driven which sounds a bit off!

Their boat


www.dreamwavealgarve.com – cruiser Dreamer 1

dreamer_boat
http://www.algarveboatcruises.com/

http://www.seacret-tours.com

Jet Boat / high speed rides

http://www.algarveboatcruises.com/
JetBoatAlgarve -  Facebook page but no website

www.dreamwavealgarve.com

I hope this will help future visitors.

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Thanks very much for this Cubsur. I am sure many people will find this very useful (myself included).
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Brilliant Tom ... putting a link to this report on my Albufeira Guide site  ...
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Added to my bookmarks. Thanks Tom.
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I've been told the existing empty units next door to Sharkeys will be a new bar/restaurant - there was building work going on in April.
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Originally posted by stuart123 stuart123 wrote:

I've been told the existing empty units next door to Sharkeys will be a new bar/restaurant - there was building work going on in April.

No activity visible when I went past. Another bar restaurant, as if there weren't enough for the 6 months business a year?
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French style establishment,so they tell me.
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Lots of activity yesterday in those units next to Sharky's also new decking being installed outside. I have upadted the top item with a couple of new pictures taken yesterday afternoon. I was able to see the bungee jump in action on my way back from Salgados.

I wouldn't do this if you paid me double. A young woman was at the end of the rope as it were. Another pic



She had four or five bounces, seemed to be left dangling in the air head down for a while then was gently lowered to earth.



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Oh dear, my 21 year old son is there at the moment, hope he does not try that!!

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Updated the list at the top, three new enterprises have opened while I was away. I wonder how long they will last?
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Originally posted by stuart123 stuart123 wrote:

I've been told the existing empty units next door to Sharkeys will be a new bar/restaurant - there was building work going on in April.

NIKAIA - restaurant, wine bar, tapas it says on the notices.
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My daughter did the Bungee in Ayia Napa when she was just 13 years old. Frightened me to death just looking up to the top of the crane
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There was a group indulging on Tuesday while Iwas down there. I don't know what it costs.
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I don't think anyone has mentioned this.....
on the lower level, unit 1 or 2 (next door but one to Sharkys) a decent size Spar supermarket opened a few months ago.

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the marina looks really impressive comapired to say 5 years ago ..... its a mini village, now most of the units are in use, I had a walk down in my last visit and it was very steady had a pint or 2 in sharkeys lots of people spending money in the various outlets ,  and used the bowling alley good day out all in all 
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