Friday, 29 June 2007

In our Inbox

From: frank melville Sent: sexta-feira, 29 de Junho de 2007 10:03
Subject: For the attention of Vicky Goode

Dear Ms Goode,

My wife and I have just returned home to Mallorca from touring the Algarve, travelling from Faro to Sagres, to Villa Real de San Antonio,back to Faro, spending 21 nights in 18 hotels.

I would just like to inform you that the Hotel Garbe was, by far, the most outstanding and the best value that we encountered on our trip.

It certainly lives up to its claims that we read about every week in the " Euro Weekly ".

Once again many thanks for making that part of our holiday so enjoyable.

Yours faithfully, and kind regards,

Frank and Viv Melville.

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Harp Evening - A success

From the Portugal News -

A musical journey at the Hotel Garbe

John Dalton is a man with the world at his fingertips. Musically fluent in three different types of harp, he took listeners through an enthralling journey of the history of the harp - the first evening of its kind in the Algarve.

During a delicious Indian dinner in the Hotel Garbe's Raj restaurant, John Dalton, or 'Harp John', as he is better known, took those fortunate enough to have booked their seats, on a mystical voyage complete with background music.

From the early origins of the harp buried sometime in ancient Egyptian myths he recounted a colourful and vivid journey that kept listeners on the edge of their seats. Through the courts of royalty to Celtic folklore, the talented musician portrayed in detail how the harp has been both a symbol of beauty and wealth, as well as an object of desire and passion.

Many were the comments of how unexpectedly engrossing the evening had been, made even more magical with the spellbinding sounds he produced on two of his harps.

It was Harp John's first visit to the Algarve, but if the reactions of those present are to go by, it will certainly not be his last.

Monday, 25 June 2007

Winter Workships - Creative Writing

Why attend a writing workshop?

Ask anyone who enjoys writing and they will tell you that as soon as they see one advertised they have their name down.

They are certain in the knowledge that either the person holding the event or someone attending it will share something that will be useful to their skills.

Novices will benefit the most and those who come out of sheer curiosity to find out what creative writing is all about come away wondering why they never went before.

Being able to express your innermost feelings, emotions and even fantasies in this creative form can open up whole new vistas in anybody’s life.

It can be cathartic and soothing to ones innermost being just to be able to write down dreams or memories before they fade away and are lost forever.

Join Jenny Grainer on a practical and fun course of creative writing and widen your imaginative skills.

Write down the history of your family or try children’s stories – is there a novel in you or some practical articles on a subject you know well?

There is a market for all subjects – come and discover yours.

Each workshop cost 65 Euros per person and consists of two half day sessions

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

Please ask for details of our other Winter Workshops

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Bar Boa Vista Sandwich Menu

In our Bar Boa Vista we have an extensive sandwich menu available when the bar is open.

Ham ( lettuce, tomato) €: 4,00
Cheese ( lettuce, tomato) €: 4,00
Ham and Cheese (lettuce, tomato) €: 5,50

French €: 5,50
(Chicken, bacon, lettuce and Brie cheese)

Bacon €: 4,00
(Bacon, lettuce and tomato)

Tropical €: 5,50
(Chicken, bacon and peach, lettuce, brown bread)

Garbe €: 6,00
(Asparagus, lettuce, chicken and ham)

Egg €: 5,50
(Egg, bacon and lettuce)

Tuna €: 5,50
(Tuna, corn, green peppers, lettuce, onions and mayonnaise)

Algarve €: 7,00
(Smoked salmon,lettuce and cream cheese, brown bread)

Vegetarian €: 4,50
(Lettuce, cocktail sauce, tomato, onions, asparagus, brown bread)

Club €: 7,00
(Cheese, ham, lettuce, tomato, egg, bacon, chicken)

Smoked Ham €: 5,50
(Smoked ham, lettuce and tomato)

Sardine €: 5,50
(Sardines, onions, lettuce and tomato)

Hot Dog €: 5,00

Toasted Sandwiches
Ham €: 4,00
Cheese €: 4,00
Ham & Cheese €: 5,50
Shrimps (Shrimps, cheese, onions) €: 6,00
Chicken (Chicken and tomato) €: 5,00


Thursday, 21 June 2007

Royal British Legion Lunch

A few photographs from this months of The Royal British Legion lunch which took place on Wednesday. The Algarve Sub-Branch now has a membership of 150 and meets the 3rd. Wednesday of every month at Hotel Garbe for lunch.
All visiting RBL members are welcome and please join us in the Bar for pre-lunch drinks at mid-day. Please contact Mr. Peter Wilkinson at
More photographs can be seen at


Winter Workshops - An Introduction to Portuguese Wine Course

Taking Place on:-

12th and 13th November, 2007 and on
10th and 11th March, 2008

Courses start at 11.00 on each day in the Hotel Garbe

Each course consists of two 4 hour sessions including lunch giving an excellent opportunity to combine the wines with food

Wine experts now agree that the quality of Portuguese wines have vastly improved over the last decade. Come and decide for yourself . Whether you are a novice or a connoisseur this course is for you. All we ask is that you like wine - in moderation of course - and that you
want to enjoy learning more about the subject.

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

120 Euros per person.

Includes tasting wines, two lunches and a course certificate

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

Please ask for details of our other Winter Workshops

Monday, 18 June 2007

Algarve Artists Society - a year old

In 2006 a society for artists was established in the Central Algarve by Harry Hopley and Hazel (Sally) Dawson. They named the society the “Algarve Artists Society”, AAS for short. The first meeting was held on 15th May, 2006 at the Hotel Garbe in Armação da Péra and the first members joined at this meeting. Following this the AAS now holds a meeting on the third Monday Evening of every month at the Hotel Garbe.Each month the members can, if they wish, enter a painting competition with the subject being the theme of the month. This is then judged at the meetings. Painting can also be done at these meetings, although the society has arranged for guest speakers to give a talk on the many aspects of painting.


In the Summer the meetings are held on the terrace outside the Raj Restaurant, the members can then sit and take in the beautiful sea view. The AAS does also arrange special subjects for the group and can offer some advice to beginners. Every month a Newsletter is sent out by email to all the members. This gives information on past meetings and winners of the monthly competitions. Also future events and any other business are mentioned. This year it is hoped to arrange Open Air meetings at various interesting spots in the Algarve.

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

Friday, 15 June 2007

Caldeirada Festival Menu - Hotel Garbe

Saturday, 23rd and Sunday, 24th June

Arroz Tamboril
Monkfish Rice
Peixe Assado no Forno
Oven Baked Fish
Caldeirada de Peixe
Typical Algarvian dish which consists of a selection of fish
with potatoes,onions, tomatoes, pimentos, spices,wine and olive oil

ALMOÇO: 13.00 –14.30hrs
LUNCH: 1.00 – 2.30pm
€:12.00 por pessoa /Per person/ pro person


JANTAR: 19.30 – 21.30hrs
DINNER: 7.30 – 9.30 pm
€:20.00 por pessoa/Per person
Menu Jantar inclui Bufete Saladas e Sobremesas
Dinner Menu includes Salad Buffet and Selection of Desserts
To book your table or for more information please tel: 282 320260 or e-mail:

Next February - Plants and Flowers

Enjoy four half day walks

Although not in the Mediterranean in a geographical sense the vegetation of Algarve is typically ‘Mediterranean’ in character. The diverse geology offers a wide range of habitats so that in a small area there is a superb variety of flora that cannot be equalled in southern Europe and this course offers you the chance to explore for yourselves differing localities to learn more about the plants and flowers that grow there.

Over the week there will be visits to the acidic mountains of Monchique, the limestone escarpments of the central Algarve and the differing southern and western coastlines.

Your guide will be Dr Julie Statham, a local ecological expert and member of Flora and Fauna International who will share with you her extensive knowledge of the area; this course is more for the plant and flower enthusiast rather than the serious botanist.

There will also be an optional half day visit to the western limestone headlands of St. Vincent and Sagres which have many endemics and rarities.

To access some of the less common plants some easy walking will be involved so please wear comfortable shoes. 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st February, 2008

170 Euros per person

For more information or to reserve you place please send e-mail to or tel: 282 320260

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Travel Agents visit the Hotel Garbe

We were very pleased to receive this group of Thomas Cook Travel Agents for a visit to our Hotel on Tuesday. Our receptionist Claudia showed them round the Hotel – she was delighted to answer all their questions.

These “educational” visits are very important to us, as they enable Travel Agents to collect information about the Hotel and the surrounding area, which they can in turn pass on to our future guests.

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Festival da Caldeirada

On Saturday, 23rd and Sunday, 24th June Armação de Pêra will host the ninth Festival da Caldeirada.

“Caldeirada” is a typical Algarvian dish which consists of stewed fish and sea food with potatoes, onions ,tomatoes, pimentos, spices wine and olive oil.

A number of local restaurants, including our Por do Sol Restaurant participate, and as well as serving Caldeirada also have other typical fish dishes available.

This year’s event promises to be extra special, as it will coincide with the festival of St. John on 23rd June.

Monday, 11 June 2007

From our Pool Bar Snack Menu

Pizza Margarita - Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese.…......…€:12,50
Pizza Americana - Pepperoni - Spicy Flavour .……….….……€:12,50
Pizza Hawaiian - Pineapple and Ham.……….……….....…...……€:12,50
Pizza Margarita - Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese.…...…...…€:12,50
Pizza Americana - Pepperoni - Spicy Flavour .……….…………€:12,50
Pizza Cogumelos - Mushrooms..........................................€:12,50

Sausage Roll with Salad................................................€:4,00
Spinach Quiche .....................................……......….......€:3,50
Asparagus Quiche ........................................................€:3,50
Chicken Pie with Salad .................................................€:5,50
Chicken with Mushroom Pie with Salad......................€:5,50
Minute Steak in a Roll................................................€:7,50
French Fried Potatoes. ….........................................…..€:3,50

Hamburger (Lettuce, Tomato, Onions)..........................…€:7,50
Cheese Burger (Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Cheese)…....….…...€:8,00
Garbe Burger (Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Cheese, Bacon)..€:8,50

Milkshakes – various flavours....…......................................€:4,50

Jug of Sangria......................................................€:13,50

Monday, 4 June 2007

Harry Potter Book Release

To celebrate the release of the seventh Harry Potter book Magna Carta Book Shop in Alvor is holding a Wizards and Witches Breakfast on the 21st July from 9,00 am to 1.00pm in the Bar Boa Vista of the Hotel Garbe.

As well as buying your edition of this much awaited book, you will be able to enjoy a breakfast fit for Wizards.

Dress up– prize for the best Harry Potter look-alike.

Also we will be anouncing the winners of the Portugal Resident competition.

Please contact Susanna at Magna Carta to reserve your copy of the book now (for collection on 21st July). Tel/Fax: (+351) 282 496 001

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Design our Christmas Card Competition

and win a weekend for two in the Hotel Garbe

For the last few years we have sent out commercial Christmas cards – however we prefer to be more original - the photograph above is the one we used for Christmas, 2003.

We have decided to run a competition to ask for designs for our 2007 Christmas Card.

The competition is open to all, the winning image will be printed as the Hotel Garbe Christmas card this year, along with a acknowledgement to the winner on the back of the card.

The size of the card will be 16cm x 11cm. It can be horizontal or vertical. Entries (photographs, paintings, images, drawings or cartoons) can be sent by post or e-mail. Entries will not be returned unless otherwise requested.

All entries must be received before 31st July 2007. There is no age restriction, and we entries from all ages will be welcome.

Entries should be sent to the following
Hotel Garbe
8365-909 Armacao de Pera,


Friday, 1 June 2007


WOULD YOU like to read the most anticipated book of the year for free? The Resident newspaper, in association with Magna Carta in Alvor, is offering two students a copy of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows.Tells us, in no more than 150 words (English or Portuguese), who is your favourite character and why, and the best two entries will win a copy of the seventh Harry Potter book.
Entries will only be accepted from students aged between eight and 16.Submit your work to The Resident/Harry Potter Competition, at Rua Visconde de Lagoa, nº2 e 3, 8400-329 Lagoa, at email or fax 282 342 939, no later than June 22.
Watch this space to find out if you are a winner and to know more about the big Harry Potter day on July 21!