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ALBUFEIRA MARINA - WHAT'S THERE?

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Topic: ALBUFEIRA MARINA - WHAT'S THERE?
Posted By: cubsur
Subject: ALBUFEIRA MARINA - WHAT'S THERE?
Date Posted: 16/May/2017 at 16:44
Updated 8th January 2022. Changes highlighted in bold.

I have marked some places with a **. These were closed at the time of my passing, between 11 and 1130. 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 and 4 - empty
5 - Algarve Hiddden Gems Holiday rentals
6 - empty
7 - Beauty Respect ladies hairdresser
8 - 11 - Urban Sky Group estate agents
12 – Raiana Melo Ladies hair
13 – empty
14 - Villa MArket estate agents
15 - 21 empty
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
28 - Pharma(cy) Health Marina
29 - Corte-me o Pèlo - pet grooming
30 - empty
31 - Fat Cats ticket shop
32 - ATM Multibanco
33 and 34 Orada Apartments reception
35 - Garvetur Travel Agents
36 to 40  - Meu Super(market) 0730 to 1930 winter, open until 2200 April to end October. ATM there also
41 - empty
42 - Direct Homes Holiday Rentals **
43 - 56 empty EXCEPT FOR
53 - empty (the minimarket has closed down)
57 - Europa car, scooter and bike hire

Taxi rank is just beyond here

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 commission charges.

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.

1 and 2 - Small SPAR supermarket 0800 - 2000 every day has Euronet ATM. DO NOT USE with a £ card!
3 - NIKAIA Restaurant, Mediterranean Soul Kitchen
4 - Sharky's Bar
5 - Luxury Fitness Boutique and gym
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" rel="nofollow - http://www.algarvekarting.com
11 - "The Cake Shop"
12 and 13- empty
14 - 15 -  Wine and Sushi - Japanese eatery
16 to 20 - Algarve Ten Pin Bowling http://www.algarvebowling.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.algarvebowling.com/ 'Strikers Bar' and Euronet ATM
21 - Pica da Brasa takeaway NEW
22 - Agua y Sal Mexican Grill may be open in the evenings
23 to 25– 'Jack's Irish Pub'
26 and 27 - Tasca Portuguesa restaurant
28 - Belize Sports Bar and Café, Belize boat trip sales
between 28 and 29 is now a Euronet ATM
29 - Algar Experience Boat trips shop
31 – TANGO - A shop selling hats, baskets and stuff
32 - El Barrio Tapas and Cocktails
33 - Contra Mestre bar restaurant
34 - Café Gazetto restaurant
35 - Seacre Tours boat trips and kayak rental
36 - Easydivers Dive Centre diving shop
37 and 38 - Paragrafo bar
39 - empty then another entrance to parking, karting etc, also toilets.
38 - Gate 4 café/bar seems to be closed
39 - seems to be empty despite sign on the front for Algarve Boat Charters.
40 to 42 - Pippa's Fun Bike, scooter and Segway rental, Pipa's park children's play area (not free!) Pippa's bowling (2 short lanes) and across the open space are all the stands of the various marine excursion companies.

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

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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" rel="nofollow - 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, CÂMARA (Town Hall) and main Bus Station

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

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 (winter) 2130 (summer) every 60 minutes

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.

Map - http://www.algarvebus.info/images/Varzea-da-Orada.JPG" rel="nofollow - http://www.algarvebus.info/images/Varzea-da-Orada.JPG

More information http://www.algarvebus.info/004r.htm" rel="nofollow - www.algarvebus.info/004r.htm

BUSES TO OTHER PLACES

These pass through the marina area and now stop there, at the same place as the GIRO buses. Bus service is still very limited with almost nothing at weekends.

Timetables - Route 75 to Galé, Salgados, Vale de Parra and Guia at http://www.algarvebus.info/030.htm" rel="nofollow - www.algarvebus.info/030.htm

Route 13 to Armação de Pêra, Porches, Lagoa and Portimão at http://www.algarvebus.info/002w.htm" rel="nofollow - www.algarvebus.info/002w.htm

(Times for those buses two minutes later than the time at Avenida do Ténis, although in my experience these buses often don't keep to time anyway.)

To go anywhere else, you must first go to the main bus station in town.

TUK TUKS

Tuk-tuks line up at the eastern 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

A few were operating with limited capacity, mask wearing compulsory and booking often required. None operating so far as I could tell on 8th Janaury 2022.

This list may not be 100%, but here are several companies operating boat trips etc from Albufeira marina. Most operate only in summer eg May to October.  Reservation is now required for some trips and is always 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.

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

Cruise and Sailing - I have checked the links to websites and have removed one that did not work. Two operators have new websites, links updated.

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http://www.algarvecharters.com/" rel="nofollow - www.algarvecharters.com - you can charter a boat for a day or half day. Yacht Finismar.
http://www.algarve-cruises.com/" rel="nofollow - www.algarve-cruises.com – Yacht Amorita
http://www.dreamwavealgarve.com/" rel="nofollow - www.dreamwavealgarve.com – Leãozinho 'Pirate Ship'.
https://www.jetboatalgarve.com/index.php/en/" rel="nofollow - Jetboat Algarve - very fast ride!

https://easydreamcharters.pt/" rel="nofollow - Oceaneye - http://oceaneyealgarve.pt/ http://www.oceaneye.pt/en/" rel="nofollow - - - glass bottomed boat

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Caves and Coastline

http://www.algarve-cruises.com/" rel="nofollow - www.algarve-cruises.com – Yacht Amorita
Boat Alzirinha - find on Facebook

http://www.seacret-tours.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.seacret-tours.com

http://www.dreamwavealgarve.com/" rel="nofollow - www.dreamwavealgarve.com

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Parasailing and Jet ski-ing

http://www.algarexperience.com/" rel="nofollow - www.algarexperience.com
http://www.dreamwavealgarve.com/" rel="nofollow - www.dreamwavealgarve.com

Fishing trips

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http://www.algarveboatcruises.com/" rel="nofollow - www.algarveboatcruises.com/

http://www.wishandfish.pt/" rel="nofollow - www.wishandfish.pt

Yacht Bachelor – Facebook page, no website.

Beach Barbeque

http://algarexperience.com/" rel="nofollow - www.algarexperience.com

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

http://algarexperience.com/" rel="nofollow - www.algarexperience.com
http://www.dolphins.pt/" rel="nofollow - www.dolphins.pt – blocked by my firewall May 2021

Their boat


http://www.dreamwavealgarve.com/" rel="nofollow - www.dreamwavealgarve.com – cruiser Dreamer 1

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http://www.algarveboatcruises.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.algarveboatcruises.com/

http://www.seacret-tours.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.seacret-tours.com

Jet Boat / high speed rides

http://www.algarveboatcruises.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.algarveboatcruises.com/
https://www.jetboatalgarve.com/index.php/en/" rel="nofollow - JetBoatAlgarve

http://www.dreamwavealgarve.com/" rel="nofollow - www.dreamwavealgarve.com

I hope this will help future visitors.



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Replies:
Posted By: Cooknoe
Date Posted: 16/May/2017 at 17:43
Thanks very much for this Cubsur. I am sure many people will find this very useful (myself included).


Posted By: pyrman
Date Posted: 17/May/2017 at 09:20
Brilliant Tom ... putting a link to this report on my Albufeira Guide site  ...


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Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 17/May/2017 at 11:46
Added to my bookmarks. Thanks Tom.

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Posted By: stuart123
Date Posted: 20/May/2017 at 09:27
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.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 20/May/2017 at 10:18
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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Posted By: tiganut
Date Posted: 23/May/2017 at 08:25
French style establishment,so they tell me.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 23/June/2017 at 10:56
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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Posted By: ClaireKildare
Date Posted: 23/June/2017 at 12:25
Oh dear, my 21 year old son is there at the moment, hope he does not try that!!



Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 23/August/2017 at 09:48
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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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 23/August/2017 at 09:49
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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Posted By: cameroncleggout
Date Posted: 23/August/2017 at 15:46
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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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 24/August/2017 at 12:06
There was a group indulging on Tuesday while Iwas down there. I don't know what it costs.

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Posted By: sidsmum
Date Posted: 30/November/2017 at 22:12
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.



Posted By: A9NDY
Date Posted: 01/December/2017 at 00:12
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 


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 01/December/2017 at 08:11
Originally posted by sidsmum sidsmum wrote:

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.



Well I missed that one, very good to know. Must have been fairly recently. I will check it out myself asap.

It does seem like more people are moving in down there, so all being well it won't be a summer venue.


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Posted By: Andrew
Date Posted: 01/December/2017 at 09:13
We treat it as an unfound corner of Albufeira, it’s a great atmosphere down there and we love the lounger bars for a drink and people watching. We always knew that it would only grow in time so that’s good for the vendors.
It’s really following what happened at Vilamoura, that took about 15 years to get established.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 11/May/2018 at 18:36
Updated the information in first post following a walk around 11th May. A few changes, some coming and goings. Of most use to people will be the new MEU SUPER(market) on the road level.

A new 'daring ride' is under construction down by the water.

Sharky's was busy, a load of p***heads in there. The neighbouring Deck 51 Club and Lounge has closed down. Mostly unchanged down there.


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Posted By: AlgarveFlat.com
Date Posted: 11/August/2018 at 12:55
Thanks for the post, very useful, including the updates.


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Posted By: stuart123
Date Posted: 02/September/2018 at 11:05
The marina have now officially launched the start of phase 2 construction

"A new marina is born | new project coming soon at Marina de albufeira

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 03/September/2018 at 09:38
I shall be watching out of my window with some interest. The people in those nice houses up on the hill are just going love years of dust and noise.


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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 11/March/2019 at 12:47
I see ‘Fat Cats at the Marina’ are advertising for staff.

I take it this is a new bar opening up at the Marina by the ever popular Fats Cats bar near the worms roundabout.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 30/May/2019 at 18:24
Confirming the above, Fat Cats at the marina is open.

May 2019 update restored at post number 1. Only a few changes since last year. The bungee jump has gone.


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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 30/May/2019 at 21:02
Indeed, nice lady standing at corner on way to Marina handing out flyers for Fat Cats.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 09/June/2020 at 13:13
Checked out the marina earlier. Not quite everywhere is open. I noted that Pipa's, Contramestre, Café Gazzetto, gate 4 and My café were all  closed, with no sign when or if they might re-open.

I have updated the first post in this topic to show the situation as it stands.

All the children's rides, segways, mini karts etc are not available.

Most of the boat trips are not operating. All the kiosks were closed except for wishndfish and Xride. I did spot one small boat going out, only about half full and everyone wearing masks. Something to bear in mind if you plan on such activity later this year.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 25/June/2020 at 19:59
These strange craft are now moored at the marina, down at the SPAR end. The flag says The Houseboat Company.

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Meanwhile the marina as a whole is still very quiet. A few boat trips are running but most boats are still laid up. The places like Pipa's that I reported as closed a few days ago are still closed.

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Posted By: Richardk
Date Posted: 25/June/2020 at 21:44
Thanks for update Tom. We went down there this week  to Fat Cats but very few people about


Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 26/June/2020 at 11:22
Strange houseboats.  More like a shed on a couple of canoes.  And where will they go with those outboard motors?  They appear to have next to no draught so they'll wallow like the devil in lively water.
Interesting tbough. Thanks for the photo's.


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Posted By: AJSUGGY
Date Posted: 26/June/2020 at 15:20
Maybe they are going to build a canal overland to Lisboa because thats about they are useful for. LOL


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 21/July/2020 at 16:07
The Ten Pin bowling alley is open again. Obviously strict rules about numbers, wearing masks etc but prices are lower than they were. One game €5 per person, two games €7,50.

The places I marked as not open a while back remain closed.


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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 21/July/2020 at 20:29
The houseboats look great. Don’t know how much for a week but I was talking to a Dutch family that have a place in Albufeira and a small boat in the Marina. They were having a great day drinking wine on the roof. They told me it cost them 130 euros for the day to hire. 

Now before someone says that’s crazy expensive, the nearest houseboat (the biggest one) can accommodate up to 10 people, so that makes it 13 each. I shall report back on September as there is possibility I will be on it. 

There is a spar beside the houseboat for all your needs. 🍻🍻🍻🍾🍾🍾  


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 27/July/2020 at 08:35
The Great Wall is getting a coat of paint. Battleship grey. It was still pretty quiet down there but some boat trips were coming and going, half empty as the laws rules apply tothem also.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 30/August/2020 at 16:55
Updated the list at the first post following a short visit on 30th August.


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Posted By: pyrman
Date Posted: 31/August/2020 at 10:12
Thanks again Tom ..

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 01/September/2020 at 08:22
The marina was busier this time, but one or two places have not opened. Karting and bowling are both now open.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 02/September/2020 at 13:12
And this jolly fun!

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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 30/September/2020 at 22:51
The waterfall at the Great Wall was turned on today. Very impressive it is too. 

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 01/October/2020 at 09:02
Worth a picture if anyone's down there before the weekend.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 01/October/2020 at 09:39
Better still, a video.

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Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 01/October/2020 at 11:35
Thanks Cubsur and Bob


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Posted By: tiganut
Date Posted: 01/October/2020 at 12:43
Any pictures Bob?

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Posted By: tiganut
Date Posted: 01/October/2020 at 12:45
Sorry,I meant panoramic pics.

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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 02/October/2020 at 12:21
Shall try ....

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 20/November/2020 at 10:48
At least one boat trip was running yesterday, in rather choppy waters.

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Posted By: Jock
Date Posted: 30/January/2021 at 14:11
Has anyone used one of the "Houseboats"?  What was it like?

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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 30/January/2021 at 19:44
Not personally but got talking to a Dutch family that hired the biggest one for a day. If there is a group of you it works out cheap to hire for a day and the Spar is opposite. 

They were having much fun just drinking and eating on the top deck. 


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 12/April/2021 at 16:33
Marina today. About half the places were open but there were few customers. The water was a murky green colour.

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And the Insonia boat trip was operating, complete with masked and socially distanced crew and passengers.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 19/April/2021 at 10:16
Not much going on yesterday as most of the restaurants and bars don't bother to open on  a Sunday with the 1pm enforced closure, But the area was shining in the sun.

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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 17/May/2021 at 15:08
A new view, from above the great wall, now that the landscaping work behind is almost finished.

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Posted By: Richardk
Date Posted: 18/May/2021 at 12:31
Fat Cats at the Marina have live music on Friday from 5 I think - went there last week and was great to get back to some form of normality


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 19/May/2021 at 08:33
I didn't go down there last weekend but will make a point of doing so this weekend.  I will check that everyone is now open.


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Posted By: Bunnyrunner
Date Posted: 20/May/2021 at 10:08
Yes Phil Lawrence is playing Fat Cats on Friday at 5pm. He used to host the Karaoke at Tic Tac years back and before the first lockdown played Granfinus in the Old Town. Last year he played Friday nights at Paragrafo but this year has switched to Fat Cats.
Martin Jonathan who plays Jack's Irish bar on Mondays and Fridays has just started playing at Sharky's on Wednesdays at 3pm, Chris says it is the first time he has had music at Sharky's.
The Irish bar has music every day at 6pm, except Saturday. The Brothers (Tiago and Jao?- good musicians with a comedy element, Elvis Impersonations etc, playing on Thursday and Sunday and a new act to me anyway, The Guiness Brothers (Colm and Roddy) playing Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Brothers also play the Sushi Bar on Saturdays and Castelo da Nortica on Fridays, which also has a Fado act on Saturday.
Paragrafo now have a Fado singer on Saturdays.
Pippas Bar will reopen tomorrow (Friday 21st May) as an Italian Tapas bar named El Bairro. They are having a Grand Opening Night from 6.30pm with all you can eat for 11.99€ and a Fado act.
The unit to the left of Sal Y Mar (Mexican Restaurant) is going to be a Piri Piri Chicken Restaurant, they have taken their time with it due to the lockdown. It's another owned by the guy who has Jack's Irish Bar along with Marmota on the Bar street in the Old Town. So he now has this new one, The Mexican, The Irish Bar and Tasca Portuguese, 5 units all in a row.
Another interesting development is a bar on the decking opposite the Spar shop, it's moving very slowly though. It belongs to the Russian? guy who had the Scad dive and Kids rides. It will be interesting to see how that works out, a bar with no secure building to back it up.


Posted By: Develd
Date Posted: 20/May/2021 at 10:46
For anyone interested, Arte bar is having a refurbish under new management and will reopen mid June.


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 22/May/2021 at 18:23
I have updated the information on Page 1 and thanks to bunnyrunner for highlighting the recent changes. Only two or three of the places to eat and drink remain closed. Although there are still not many people around, the situation is improving. Several of the boat trips are now running.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 07/June/2021 at 09:01
Those houseboats are breeding. There are now six of them.

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It was fairly busy down there yesterday. This large group were French.

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Plenty of jet skis etc out on the water.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 02/September/2021 at 10:41
There are now nine houseboats!

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It was reasonably busy yesterday afternoon. Plenty of boats going in and out.


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Posted By: bob d
Date Posted: 02/September/2021 at 13:16
Apparently becoming quite popular. 

You can hire them by the day. 


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Posted By: Skiddy
Date Posted: 03/September/2021 at 08:57
We were looking at them and thinking who would want to hire one-facing that large oppressive waterfall wall! I mean why the horrible dark grey colour certainly not 'romantic as its been described- a cream colour would have looked so much nicer,when you see the wall from the other side it does make you wonder why it's even there! Someone has definitely got something wrong just like the 'toy town'


Posted By: Bunnyrunner
Date Posted: 04/September/2021 at 13:53
Yes it is the proverbial camel, a horse designed by a committee!
The original plan was for a Lake Hotel, a strange plan for starters when there is so much natural water just metres away. Anyway this meant they needed to build up the land to make it flat, no doubt at great cost as it took them the whole of the first year moving earth to achieve that. However it was reported that prospective developers had concerns about who was going to pay to maintain the lake, which created doubts about the planned lake. At this point in time, if you could see the big picture surely you would have said OK let's forget all that and work with the existing incline, after all the Portuguese are amazing at building on inclines aren't they. However committees get on a "journey" and keep rolling forward so they decided to scrap the lake and have instead have a mirror of water (I think it loses something in translation). So now they have built a huge but very shallow water feature with fountains in the middle, giving us the poetic "mirror of water." The whole area has probably used more slabs and tiles than exists in the Old Town, so much for the environment, and still no signs of any developer wanting to come and build a hotel.
I guess the planners hadn't heard of Oceanville or the Casas da Marina development at the opposite end of the marina?

C'est la vie


Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 05/September/2021 at 08:50
As I said in an earlier post, that massive slabbed area is popular with the local gulls and will no doubt continue to be so if or when it is a water mirror.

There is still no sign of anything being built. Even the area where I took some pictures a few weeks back is once again quiet.


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Posted By: Orada-man
Date Posted: 06/September/2021 at 17:33
Well we are here, praise to all the testing laboratories vaccine centres and online forms, would have been easier to get from Germany to Switzerland during WW2, only joking was not as bad as we had feared.

Had a quick drive round the phase 2 area and after 20 months !! I did see a lot of changes, I will explore it more when the heat dies down. I thought the old wall had gone but see it from another angle and was wondering did they just fill in the wells?


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 07/September/2021 at 07:56
Not sure quite which bit you mean, but there certainly was a lot of levelling and infilling when the groundwork was in progress earlier this year.


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Posted By: Orada-man
Date Posted: 02/October/2021 at 20:32
Well, well, well

Not only have the old wells been preserved they have also been restored and made safe with covers. They are within the boundary of the of the old water works and I was also glad to see the front wall remains and has been restored.

I was told anything over 60 years old needs to be maintained although when did we ever see developers abide by that rule, glad to see they did here.



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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 03/October/2021 at 08:02
Thanks. I shall go down later this week and take some more pictures.


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Posted By: Orada-man
Date Posted: 03/October/2021 at 20:12
Tom the wells are within the confines of the park area and quite nice to see restored, I will share a video link after we return home.

The espelho d'água will exist, if you look at the different grey colour rectangle of tiles they are surrounded by drains and slightly concave encompassing fountains. It may not be a very deep lake but it might make 150mm if they ever turn the water back on.


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Posted By: cubsur
Date Posted: 04/October/2021 at 10:41
The espelho d'água did work for a short while but has been turned off for a very long time now.

I will take my big lens down on Wednesday to get some shots of the wells. The restoration job does look nice.


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