Tuesday, 31 October 2006

Beach at Lunchtime today

Bank Holiday - 1st November

November, 1st is a Bank Holiday in Portugal. It is All Saints day.

The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837.

Monday, 30 October 2006

Coming Soon - Wine Course

An Introduction to Portuguese Wine Course
13th and 14th November, 2006

Course starts at 11.00 each day.

Wine experts now agree that the quality of Portuguese wines have vastly improved over the last decade. Come and decide for yourself .Whether you simply drink or taste wine this course is for you

Course details

The course consists of two 4 hour sessions including lunch – this will be an excellent opportunity to combine the wines with food

A team of wine buffs from WineMine, ( an established local wine company, will guide you through the finer points of Portuguese wines including

A brief history of Portuguese winemaking
Tasting techniques and other tips for enjoying wine
The Portuguese table wines, districts and grapes;
Port wine – the Portuguese legacy….Madeira and Moscatel

By the end of the course a total of 16 table wines and ports will be tasted aiding your understanding and enriching your experience

Each day we will be tasting the wines on their own and then with lunch giving you a chance to put your new skills to the test

105 Euros per person.

Includes tasting wines, two lunches and a course certificate

Don't miss it - book now tel: 282 320260 or send e-mail to

Thursday, 26 October 2006

Painting Course

The first Painting Course of this winter is taking place this week - pictured here are some of the participants.

Our next Painting Course is during week commencing 13th November - please send an e.mail to if you would like more information.

Friday, 20 October 2006

The Royal British Legion Theatre Dinner

HOTEL GARBE – 8365-909 Armação de Pêra - Algarve. Portugal
Tel: 282 320260 Fax: 282 315087
E-Mail: -

2 One Act Comedies
“David and Sue Butler-Cole”
“Alf and Barbara Dyson”
at the Keyboard singing some old favorites
Compered by Harry Warner


Thursday 9th November 2006
Thursday 16th November 2006
7.00 for 7.30 pm
3 Course Indian Dinner with Wine and Coffee – 28,00 Euros per person
All proceeds going to the Royal British Legion

Don’t miss it book now.
Tel.282 320260 - Fax: 282 315087 - E-Mail:

Thursday, 19 October 2006

Days Out - Lagos Zoo

The Zoo in Lagos has over 250 animals that belong to more than 50 different species from all over the world.

It also has an educational farm, exotic plants and a whole host of activities on offer.

Opening Times: 1st April - 30th September 10am - 7pm & 1st Oct - 31st Mar 10am- 5pmPrices: Adults €8 Children (3-12) €5 Under 3s Free

Address: Quinta das Figueiras, Sitio do Medronhal, Barao de S.Joao,

Website: Lagos Zoo

Wednesday, 18 October 2006

Received by E-mail


I wanted to say thank you for making our recent vacation at the Hotel Garbe so wonderful. The staff was great, the hotel was great and so was the Indian Restaurant. The location of the hotel was wonderful and we came there quite by accident. The company we had booked apartments through went out of business the day before we left and we had nowhere to stay - my husband and I were leaving from the US and my family from the UK. It was awful but then we came to the Hotel Garbe and everything changed.

Claudia checked us in at the front desk and she could not have been nicer - she was wonderful; all the staff were wonderful.

We are all planning on coming back next year, late August or early September, and bringing more family with us - 11 more family member to be precise. We can't wait.

Again thank you so much for providing such a wonderful, memorable vacation and see you next year!
Best regards

J. Chalmers

Tuesday, 17 October 2006


As part of the AFPOP Gala Week, the AFPOP Bridge Tournament once again took place in the Hotel Garbe. Buffet lunch was followed by bridge.

Directed by Jack Job the Bridge too place in the Por do Sol restaurant of the Hotel. Tony and Pat Webster once again did the scoring.

The winners of the tournament were: Vina Maia and Harry van Houwelingen, and the Runners up: Marie Rose and Fergal McGuiness

Monday, 16 October 2006

Hotel Garbe at Sand Sculpture Event, FIESA 2006

We were one of the sponsors of the recent Sand Sculpture Event, FIESA 2006 which took place in nearby Pera, and delighted to see our Hotel Logo in sand.

Friday, 13 October 2006


Krazyworld is about 25 minutes from the Hotel Garbe.

Krazyworld is a real mixture of things to do, there is something for everyone, a large swimming pool with sunbeds set within nice gardens, two crazy golf courses, a reptile area, an animal petting area and even a large elephant and some great horses. Also there is even a fun fair area.

Prices: Adults €17 Children € 10 (5-12 ) Under 5's are Free.

Address: Krazy World, Algoz, Algarve. Telephone Number: 00351 282 574 134Website:

Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Raj Indian Restaurant

Located within the Hotel Garbe is our famous Raj at Garbe Indian Restaurant which offers an extensive choice of authentic dishes from many different regions of India. Pleasing décor and superb seaviews.

The following dishes are only a sample of the menu, and may vary from time to time, depending upon the availability of fresh produce.


Prawn Purée

Chicken Tandoori (Chicken marinated in our own Tandoori sauce and cooked in the Tandoor)

Chicken Tikka (Diced breast of chicken, marinated and cooked as above)

Tawa Tikka (Chicken or lamb, marinated in our own sauce, then stirfried with herbs and spices)

Onion Bhaji (Onions mixed with gram flour and spices then deep fried)

Somosas (Pastry filled with minced lamb or vegetables and deep fried)

Fish Pokora (Boneless fish, deep fried in a batter of gram flour and spices)

Sheek Kebab (Lamb minced with a blend of spices cooked on a skewer in a tandoor oven)

Chicken Pokora


The tandoor is a beehive shaped clay oven heated by charcoal.Because of its fierce but even distribution of heat,it enables meat to cook quickly, forming a light crust on the outsidewhilst leaving the inside moist and succulent. All our Tandoori dishes are prepared with a special Tandoori saucemade from a blend of spices and herbs mixed in natural yoghurt.

Chicken Tandoori

Chicken Tikka (Chicken marinated in lemon juice, spices and garlic, then cooked in the tandoor)

Garlic chilli chicken

Sheek Kebab (Lamb minced with a blend of spices cooked on a skewer in a tandoor oven)

Tandoori mix Special (A selection of meats with mixed vegetable, king prawn and rice)

Lobster Prawn Tandoori

King Prawn Tandoori

Lamb Hasina (Diced lamb cooked on a skewer with onions, green pepper and tomato)

Chicken Shashlick


Balti is a type of Kashmir curry, originating amongst the people of Baltistan.The translation of Balti literally means "cooking bucket".Our Baltis are made from a blend of both Indian and Chinese spices.

Balti Chicken (Diced breast of chicken with onions)

Balti Gosht (Boneless leg of lamb with onions)

Balti Prawns (Peeled prawns cooked with a Balti Masala sauce)

Balti Biriyani Special (A rice dish with lamb,chicken, prawns and vegetables)

Balti Chana (A vegetarian dish prepared with chick peas)


Our Karahi dishes are prepared with green pepper, onions, tomatoesand served in a karahi (a small wok like container). Biryani dishes are rice dishes served with a vegetable sauce.

Karahi Gosht (Boneless Leg of Lamb)

King Prawn Special Masala (Cooked with yoghurt, ground almonds and cream)

Lamb Pasanda (Lamb cooked with Punjabi masala, yoghurt and cream)

Chicken Tikka Masala (A mild dish with tomato, cream and ground almonds)

Chicken Saag (Prepared with spinach and potatoes)

Chicken Korma (made with coconut and cream)

Karahi Prawn or King Prawn

Indian cuisine need not be prepared with the addition of chilli, and clients are asked how they would like their choice prepared, i.e. hot, medium or mild.

Monday, 9 October 2006

Algarve Shopping

The Guia Shopping Centre Albufeira - Algarve

The Guia Shopping and Entertainment Complex is just 15 minutes by car from the Hotel Garbe and can be found on the N125 just outside Albufeira.

It is a modern shopping centre with an excellent range of well known shops, a multiplex cinema and a range of cafes and restaurants on the top floor.

There is a play park for children on the first floor, just behind the main selection of Restaurants. The play park charges around €3.50 per hour.

The shops at the Guia on the Algarve include, Zara, Manga, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear and Benetton.

The whole centre is open from 0900 to midnight with the shops open between 10am and 10pm.


Friday, 6 October 2006

The Royal British Legion


"Members of the Royal British Legion enjoying one of its monthly Luncheons.

Come and join us on the third Wednesday of every month. Please contact Mr. Peter Wilkinson at

Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Nearly Forty years on

We had a wonderful time at the Hotel Garbe. We preferred to stay in no 10 and not no 1 after all! Probably best that way.

Here are some photos I have scanned in. The older one was taken in October 1965 while the newer one was taken September 2006. 41 years later! I was 4 years old at the time and Thomas, my son, is 4 at present. There were some Dejevu feelings...

As always we find Hotel Garbe a lovely place to chill out.

We hope to be there next year.

Kind regards

Nick Russell

Tuesday, 3 October 2006

The Algarve Artists Society


September Meeting at the Hotel Garbe

We all had the pleasure of listening to a talk given by Glyn Uzzell. He spoke about his career as an Artist, and the times he spent in the USA and the many years in Geneva. His talk included his involvement in making prints, and in the formation of a well Known Gallery in Geneva.

We were shown some catalogues of his paintings and prints. He explained the way in which he is inspired to produce effects in his paintings and prints.

Obviously he is an artist of vast experience and we enjoyed the way in which he related this to us.

Before leaving he kindly judged the Design a Postcard Competition. There were three winners from the many entries. The winners were Ann Hopley, Helen Brockman and Jan Telfer.

We welcome Helen Brockman as a member.

We would be pleased to receive applications for new members Contact info:- Sally Dawson Mobile 917408508
Harry Hopley Mobile 966033124

Monday, 2 October 2006

A Place in the Sun

We were very pleased to accommodate Amanda Lamb and the film crew from "A Place in the Sun" when they were here in the Algarve in September.