Friday, 30 May 2008

June Computer Courses

10 am to 12 noon – learn how to…
Create a presentation with photos,
clipart and excel chart and special
slide transition effects.

10 am to 1 pm – Getting Started - organise
your information using a database,
input client info, getting around, altering
and adding info, selecting info you need.

MONDAY 16TH JUNE, WORD WORKSHOP 2 hrs + coffee € 49
10 am to 12 noon – learn how to…
Create a newsletter with columns,
a table, insert picture/clipart etc.

TUESDAY 17TH JUNE, EXCEL WORKSHOP 2 hours + coffee €49
10 am to 12 noon – learn how to…
Do simple calculations, show important
figures, create a chart etc

10 am to 1pm – learn how to send one document
to multiple & selected clients via email (from your
outlook address book) or via normal post – then create
an enquiry form for completion by your clients.

Trainer Mrs Kehren J. Dalton has almost 20 years’ experience of training people from all walks of life on many different software applications, and is a fully qualified Master Instructor and Examiner Accredited by Microsoft and is a Microsoft Partner.
To book or for more information please telephone 282 083751 or e-mail

Monday, 26 May 2008

Wedding - Saturday, 24th May, 2008

These are photographs taken just before the wedding of Shaun and Kimberley that took place here on Saturday.
We hope to post more photographs in a day or two.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

AFPOP Alcantarilha - June, 2008


Wednesday, 18th June, 2008

Lunch Meeting

We will meet at 12 noon

Our speaker will be Mrs Celia Edwards, BRITISH CONSUL

Don't miss it. Cost: AFPOP members: 22 Euros per person

You are very welcome to bring along friends, relatives and neighbours!! If they are not AFPOP members the cost will be 24 Euros..

For more information about our planned activities please contact me.

Carole Fairs

282 312 079
mobile966 571 639

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Information Day


Lloyd & Whyte International Ltd* is hosting two Information Days:

20th May at Barringtons, Vale do Lobo
21st May at Hotel Garbe, Armacao de Pera
From 10.00 to16.00 both days

The event is in conjunction with Exeter Friendly Society offering Health Insurance plans, Blacktower Financial Management Group for advice on pensions, mortgages and investments, Golden Leaves pre-paid funeral plans and Lloyd & Whyte International giving advice and information on property insurance including Lloyd’s of London and Hiscox.

Wine Mine will be there to add sparkle to the occasion and AFPOP to offer general advice about living in Portugal.

Come along and enjoy wine tasting, meet like minded people and gain help and advice from specialist companies dedicated to supporting your life in Portugal.

*Lloyd & Whyte International Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Places to Visit - Ria Formosa Nature Reserve

Ria Formosa, is on the coast of the Algarve close to Faro.

A wonderful place for nature lovers to spend the day. Designated a protected nature reserve, the park covers 60km of coastline from Tavira in the east to Ancao in the west, encompassing almost the entire Formosa Estuary.

The park is made up of a narrow strip of land separated from the sea by vast sand dunes, behind which lies a labyrinth of lagoons and small sand islands, mud flats, marshes and canals.

The park holds special appeal for bird watchers, who flock to see a wide range of breeds such as the little bittern and purple heron, as well as egrets, white stork and the stone-curlew.

Many make this their breeding ground, while others use it as a migratory stopover. At the right time of year it's also possible to see the great spotted cuckoo, tawny Pipit, bluethroat, pied flycatcher and various warblers.

Some birds of prey, such as the hunting kestrel, are frequent visitors to this protected zone.

The park is also an area of great botanical interest, with woodland, marsh and dune vegetation.

Friday, 9 May 2008

The beach at 9.00am this morning

Raj Indian Restaurant Privilege Club

Enjoy discounts in our Indian restaurant - apply for membership of our Raj Privilege Club.

Simply click here [application] and send us your name and e-mail address.
As a member you will receive:

A regular newsletter
10% discount for you and your guests on all food and beverage when you visit the Raj Indian Restaurant.

Prior notice of special events throughout the year
10% discount in the Bar Boa Vista
10% discount on
Hotel Garbe rack rates
(discounts not applicable in conjunction with our special offers or for special events)

A different view of the Raj

Entry by Mr. John Oliver in March photography competition

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Dinner Tonight

“Pôr do Sol” Restaurant

Chef’s Salads

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Salmon Fish with Anchovy Sauce

Sliced Bream Fish
with Onions, Tomato and Green Peppers

Grilled Medallions of Pork

Meat “Emincé”

Oven-Baked Pasta

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Selection of Desserts


Wednesday, 7 May 2008

This Weekend - Jazz in Portimao

The “May Sweet May” Jazz Festival returns to Portimão (riverside area) this weekend, from the 8th to the 11th of May, providing the opportunity to hear quality jazz.

Programme - 10pm
8th - Marta Hugon Quartet “Tender Trap”
9th - David Binney Quartet (USA)
10th - Carlos Barreto “In loko”
11th - Screening of the Film JAZZ SONG Didier Lockwood Trio “Tribute to Grappelli” (France)

The Portuguese Cockerel

The cockerel is probably one of the most popular symbols of Portugal,
But do you actually know why it became such a famous symbol?
The legend dates back to the 14th Century, and like all legends, each narrator adds his own flavour.
In Barcelos, a small town in Portugal, a passing pilgrim, who was on his way to São Tiago de Compostela (in Spain) ,was wrongly accused of theft, for which the penalty was death. Feeling threatened in a foreign village, he only had his faith to call upon.
He appealed to "Our Lady" and St. James (the patron Saint of protection) that justice be done.
The pilgrim found his way to the Judge who was to decide his fate.
The judge was about to commence eating a roast cockerel for his dinner. The pilgrim pleaded, "If I am innocent, that cockerel will get up and crow.
The cockerel at once got up and crowed heartily. The pilgrim was released and went on his way.
And to this day, the cockerel has been a symbol of faith, justice and good luck.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Century Plants

These are two photos which were entered in our March Photography Competition by Mrs. Lone Kallqvist.

They were taken by the beach near to the Hotel.

They are Agave plants, which are commonly called "century plants".

They live for many years as a rosette of thick, fleshy leaves, then flower once (often 30 years or so) and die.

However, by this stage they usually have produced a cluster of younger plants, it is only the rosette that produces the flowering stem dies. The other plants live on.

Monday, 5 May 2008

This Saturday - 10th May

This Saturday a team from Strictly Social Dance, the local Dance Studio in Alcantarilha will be giving a professional Dance Demonstration in Bar Boa Vista at 8-30 pm.

The demonstration will be followed by dance instruction for those wishing to participate

Saturday, 3 May 2008

April Photography Competition Winner

Congratulations to Jeanette Elliott who has won the April Photography Competition.

Our Judge, Adrian Bell, an experienced wedding and portrait photographer commented: The beautiful bright and colourfully pink flower with a bee about its vital business is a very strong composition and shows a photographer with a good eye creating a powerful image rather than merely shooting whats there.

Also Highly Commended
The strong stormy sea illustrates the majesty and power of the ocean

The swimmer inside the wave riding headlong to the shore

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the April Photography Competition - all the entries can be seen here.

Also thanks to Adrian Bell for judging each month. Adrian is an experienced wedding and portrait photographer and is Director of
www.Hi-ImpactPhotography.Com here in the Algarve. The company specialises in Commercial Images for the Real Estate industry creating high quality photography that sells property

We are looking forward to receiving the Entries for the May competition - closing date - 31st May, 2008. For more information please click

What's On - May

Bar Boa Vista - 9.00pm

Thursday, 1st May - Nuno - Resident Organist -
Friday, 2nd May - Xico - Guitar Payer
Sunday, 4th May - Presumed Innocent - Dancers
Monday, 5th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 6th May - Arte Viva - Music for Dancing
Wednesday, 7th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Thursday, 8th May - The Kotland Trio - Music for Dancing
Friday, 9th May - Xico - Guitar Player
Saturday, 10th May - Sandra & Jorge - Music for Dancing
Sunday, 11th May - Carlos Pontes - Music for Dancing
Monday, 12th May - Folk Dancing - 9.30.Pm
Tuesday, 13th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Wednesday, 14th May - Joao Caracol - Music for Dancing
Thursday, 15th May - Ilze - Singer
Friday, 16th May - Xico - Guitar Player
Saturday, 17th May - Sandra & Jorge - Music for Dancing
Sunday, 18th May - Presumed Innocent - Dancers
Monday, 19th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday 20th May - Arte Viva - Music for Dancing
Wednesday, 21st May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Thursday, 22nd May - The Kotland Trio - Music
Friday, 23rd May - Xico - Guitar Payer
Saturday, 24th May - Sandra & Jorge- Music for Dancing
Sunday, 25th May - Carlos Pontes - Music for Dancing
Monday 26th May - Folk Dancing - Folk Dancers
Tuesday 27th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Wednesday, 28th April - Joao Caracol - Music for Dancing
Thursday, 29th May - Ilze - Singer
Friday, 30th May - Xico - Guitar Payer
Saturday, 31st May - Sandra & Jorge - Music for Dancing

Happy Hour Every Day from 6.00 to 8.00pm

Friday, 2 May 2008


Monday, 29th December, 2008
Afternoon Tea and Cakes
Welcome Cocktail Party with Music from our Resident Organist
Buffet Dinner with wine
Dancing to Live Music

Tuesday, 30th December, 2008
Buffet Breakfast
Afternoon Tea and Cakes
“Out of Africa” Fancy Dress Night
Buffet Dinner with wine
Dancing to Live Music

Wednesday, 31st December, 2008
Special Last Day of 2008 buffet breakfast with Bucks Fizz
Afternoon Tea and Cakes
New Years Eve Gala Buffet Dinner
All night dancing to Live Music
Dance Show
After midnight
Traditional Soup
Buffet of Salads and Cold Meats
Dessert Table

Thursday, 1st January, 2009
Special New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch
New Years Day Dip in Sea for Charity followed by Hot Chocolate for the Swimmers

Price: 359 Euros per person in twin room
Single Supplement per night 14 Euros
Seaview Supplement per person per night 12 Euros
Children from 2 to 12 years - 50% reduction sharing room with parents
Cots Free

Please also see our special festive tariff.
For more information please contact us