Monday, 26 January 2009

Medieval Fair - Silves, 2010

Don't miss the annual Medieval Fair in Silves, this year.
From 7th to 15th August, 2010, Silves will be going back in time to the period of the Middle Ages in Portugal.

There will be constant bustle in the streets of the Historical Centre of the City of Silves.
Beggars, acrobats, jugglers, exotic people will all be there.

An event not to be missed.

Visit Silves and experience this return to the past.

Friday, 16 January 2009

From our Golf Desk

Sent: sexta-feira, 16 de Janeiro de 2009 16:47
To: Golf Desk:

Dear Jane and Helen,

Thank you both very much for making the arrangements for my party's recent golf holiday. Everything worked very smoothly and the hotel staff were a delight as always.

The 'Garbe holiday' has become an established highlight of our year and, provided Gordon does not bankrupt the UK in the meantime, we shall look forward to seeing you again in 2010.

Best wishes,


Thursday, 15 January 2009

Coming Up - Sausage Festival in Querença

Sunday, 25th January, 2009

Visit the village of Querença and enjoy the festival atmosphere, tastings of grilled sausage and lots of musical entertainment.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Recipes from the Algarve - Cataplana

(6 servings)
3 medium Spanish onions thinly sliced
3 cloves of crushed garlic
2 green bell peppers cut into small strips
Olive oil
1 bay leaf
1 lb tinned plum tomatoes
1/4 lb smoked ham, diced
2 oz. prosciutto ham, diced
1/4 lb portuguese sausage (or any other chorizo style sausage)
Small glass dry white wine
3 lb / 4 dozen fresh small clams in the shell, rinsed.
Some fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
Paprika / and or ground chili pepper

Cook the onions, garlic, and green peppers in the olive oil over a gentle heat until onions are golden. Add the bay leaf and the tomatoes, keep a quarter of their juice. Bring to 'simmering', then cover and reduce the heat to enable the sauce to cook slowly for 30 minutes. Then add the remaining tomato juice, the prosciutto, the smoked ham, and the chorizo. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes. Season with paprika or chili pepper
Spoon half the sauce into the bottom of the cataplana dish (or a similar style heavy pan with a lid), then lay the clams on top. Add the remaining sauce and the wine, cover tightly, cook for 15 minutes over a gentle heat, do not open.
Add parsley to decorate. Eat with fresh bread

Other Recipes from the Algarve
Sopa da Pedra
Sweet Rice Pudding
Pudim Flan
Dom Rodrigos
Broad beans - Algarve Style
"Fig" Cheese

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Bank Holidays in Portugal - 2009

Wednesday, 1st January - New Year Day
Tuesday, 24th February - Carnival
Friday, 10th April - Good Friday
Sunday, 12th April - Easter Day
Saturday, 25th April - Dia da Liberdade
Friday, 1st May - Dia do Trabalhador
Wednesday, 10th June - Dia de Portugal
Thursday, 11th June - Cropo de Deus
Saturday, 15th August - Assunção de Nª Senhora
Monday, 5th October - Implementação da Republica
Sunday, 1st November - All Saints Day
Tuesday, 1st December - Restauração da Independência
Tuesday, 8th December - Imaculada Conceição
Friday, 25th December - Christmas Day

Saturday, 10 January 2009

A Romantic Weekend

Celebrate Valentines Day at the Hotel Garbe

Bring your loved one for a Romantic Weekend in the Hotel Garbe with its breathtaking seaviews views.

13th - 15th February, 2009
2 Night Break
68 Euros per person

2 Nights accommodation
and Buffet Breakfast
and Romantic Dinner on 14th February

Single ……..12 Euros per night
Seaview ……..12 Euros per person per night
Extra night (bed and breakfast)……. 23 Euros per person per night
Dancing to live music in Bar Boa Vista

Don't Miss It - book now - 282 320260 or e-mail

Thursday, 8 January 2009

December Photography Competition

Congratulations to Sue Bremner who has won our December Photography Competition.

Our Judge, Adrian Bell, an experienced wedding and portrait photographer comments:-

Wow! This month we have a wave of wonderful images, making it very difficult to choose between them. One of my particular favourites is number 8, the cave being assaulted by the power and drama of the ocean. I can imagine that image blown up to use as a wall hanging in the hotel.

However, image number 6 is my pick for this month. Everything about it is just perfect. A finely crafted composition with all its components in just the right spot to portray the beauty and serenity of the beach and yet there is plenty of action with the walker on the beach and the boat glimpsed between the gently swaying plants in the foreground. Wonderful.

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the 2008 Photography Competition click here to see
the rest of the photos.
Also a big thank you to Adrian Bell for judging each month. Adrian is an experienced wedding and portrait photographer and is Director of here in the Algarve. The company specialises in Commercial Images for the Real Estate industry creating high quality photography that sells property.

January Special Rate

€22 per person per person per night - valid until 31st January.

Relax and unwind for a few days

Twin or Double landview room from only €22 per person per night inclusive of full buffet breakfast and afternoon tea and biscuits.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Murder on the Silver Screen - 30th January, 2009

Murder Mystery Dinner

"Samuel O'Snuffit, the movie mogul, is found shot dead at his own glittering party at sound stage 13. Number 13 proved to be his unlucky number - but who snuffed him out?"

This, the second of our 'Murder Mystery' evenings, is for tables of 10. We have characters like 'Cecil Lothario' - film director (his love life has a cast of thousands). 'Losta Morals' - actress (fluent in 5 languages, but never mastered how to say NO in any!)

Great fun and intrigue trying to work out who killed Samuel O'Snuffit over a relaxing meal in the Raj Restaurant, Hotel Garbe, Armacao de Pera.

29€ for a 3 course meal with wine, water and coffee, plus great entertainment. Book your table of 10 (or individual places) early to avoid disappointment.

Proceeds of the evening will go to APAA. (Association for Protection of Animals Algarve)

Comments from our last Murder Mystery - 'Murder at the Country Club':-

'I haven't laughed so much in ages' - Pat Camplin Smith

'I really enjoyed myself - along with everyone else, as I could tell when photographing each table - everyone was 'up for it' - Peter Kain.

For more information or to book your table, please call Vicki Good on 282 320260 or e-mail:

Monday, 5 January 2009

Calendar of Events - 2009

Thursday, 5th February - Monthly Writing Circle

Saturday, 7th February - The Walk In Wardrobe

Friday, 13th February - Murder on the Silver Screen

Saturday, 14th February - Valentines Dinner

Saturday, 22nd February - Carnival Fancy Dress Dinner Dance

Tuesday, 24th February - Pancake Racing on the Beach

Wednesday, 4th March - Theatre Dinner - The Waitress
Thursday, 5th March - Theatre Dinner - The Waitress
Friday, 27th March - Murder Mystery Dinner

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Places to Visit - Porches Pottery

Don't miss a visit to “Porches Pottery” less than 10 minutes from the Hotel.

It was founded by Irishman Patrick Swift in order to ensure the craft and designs of the Algarve were preserved.

Located near Porches just off the N125.

You can browse through the well-stocked shop, watch the artists at work or enjoy refreshments in the little restaurant which adjoins the showroom.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Tastes of Life

On Wednesday 21st January, Fumeiro do Algarve are holding an open day in the Raj Indian Restaurant, from 11.00am until 3.00pm

Come along and try their mouthwatering Smoked Salmon.

For more information contact John on 282 313519

Friday, 2 January 2009

Swim for Shoes - New Years Day

Congratulations and thanks to all those who participated in the Annual Swim for Shoes on New Years Day on the beach in front of the Hotel Garbe either by paddling or getting totally immersed in the sea !

We are delighted to say that the total of donations raised to date from the swims on Christmas Day and New Years Day is - €1250 which will all be used to buy new shoes for children in care.

Walk In Wardrobe - Saturday, 7th February, 2009

THE WALK In Wardrobe is a girlie ‘swishing’ event in aid of charity to be held on February 7, 2009, and is the first of its kind in the region.

Swishing is the latest fashion craze, which involves getting your friends together to swap gorgeous clothes and party at the same time. Every lady must bring at least one good quality item to exchange.

Inspiration for this event was taken from the BBC’s ‘Twiggy’s Frock Exchange’ which featured women who each brought a number of items to swap, while being offered style advice from the likes of Twiggy and some other personalities from the world of fashion.

The Walk In Wardrobe gives local residents the chance to overhaul their wardrobe for free.

Tickets cost just 10 euros each which will go to the Lar Bom Samaritano (children’s home in Alvor). There will also be the chance to win some fantastic girlie prizes in the raffle that will take place during the event, which is being held at the Hotel Garbe in Armação de Pêra.

Space is limited, so please book your place by emailing, or telephone 916277733.

More details will be put online at as it becomes available.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

What's On - January, 2009

Thursday, 1st January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday, 2nd January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Saturday, 3rd January - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing-
Sunday, 4th January - Carlos Pontes - Music For Dancing
Monday, 5th January - Folklore Dancers – 9.30pm
Tuesday, 6th January - - Nuno - Resident Organist
Wednesday, 7th January João Caracol- Music For Dancing,
Thursday, 8th January- Ilze- Singer
Friday, 9th January - Xico - Guitar Player
Saturday, 10th January - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing
Sunday, 11th January - Presumed Innocent - Dancers
Monday, 12th January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 13th January - Arte Viva - Music For Dancing
Wednesday, 14th January - João Caracol- Music For Dancing
Thursday, 15th January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday, 16th January – Dance Lessons-11.00am
Friday, 16th January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Saturday, 17th January - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing-
Sunday, 18th January- Carlos Pontes - Music For Dancing
Monday, 19th January - Folklore Dancers – 9.30pm
Tuesday, 20th January - Nuno- Resident Organist – Dancing In The Bar
Wednesday, 21st January - João Caracol –Dancing In The Bar
Thursday, 22nd January - Ilze- Singer- Dancing In The Bar
Friday, 23rd January – Dance Lessons-11.00am
Friday, 23rd January - Xico - Guitar Player – Dancing In The Bar
Saturday, 24th January - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing
Sunday, 25th January - Nuno- Resident Organist – Dancing In The Bar
Monday, 26th January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 27th January - “Arte Viva - Music For Dancing
Wednesday, 28th January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Thursday, 29th January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday, 30th January - Nuno - Resident Organist
Saturday, 31st January - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing

Bar “Boa Vista”- 9.00pm - Happy Hour Every Day From 6.00 To 8.00pm
Mondays - 9.30hrs Pilates - Advance Class – Chelb Room
Mondays –11.00am - Pilates – Beginners Class – Chelb Room
Wednesday Evenings - 6.00pm - Silver Exhibition - Reception Area
Fridays – 9.30am - Pilates - Advance Class - Chelb Room
Fridays – 11.00am - Pilates - Beginners Class - Chelb Room
Fridays – 7.30pm - BRIDGE MILLENIUM - Chelb Room
Saturdays – - BRIDGE - Chelb Room
Sunday Evenings - 6.00pm - Silver Exhibition - Reception Area

The Facilities And Entertainment Featured May Change Without Notice Weekly