Thursday, 28 May 2009

11th Caldeirada Festival - Armaçao de Pêra

On Friday, 26th, Saturday, 27th and Sunday, 28th June Armação de Pêra will host the eleventh 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 we will also have other typical fish dishes available.

Hotel Garbe will serve its ´Caldeirada feast` for lunch or dinner daily through the festival and both hotel guests and local residents are invited to join the celebrations.

For more information please contact Hotel Garbe
Tel: 282 320 260

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Office Christmas Parties

Why not hold your Company Christmas Party in the Algarve?
Following the success of our 2008 Company Christmas Parties, we are once offering our Christmas Party menu to Companies who would like to combine their Company Christmas Party with a few days in the Algarve:-
What's included:

2 nights accommodation and buffet breakfast
3 course dinner with coffee
Wine with your meal
Hats and Crackers

68 Euros per person

Extra nights
Single 34 Euros per night
Double/Twin 44 Euros per room per night

Prices include buffet breakfast.

For more information please send e-mail to

The View Today

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

The beach this morning

White Night - Loule - 29th August, 2009

On 29th August, the innovative “White Night” event will be back in the city of Loulé: in the shop windows, at the Cerca do Convento and in the streets.

Shops will be open till midnight adorned in white and with their windows decorated in due style. Jewellery shops, shoe shops and others will have special discounts for those wearing white.
The Cerca do Convento, in the central part of the city, will be transformed into an idyllic setting, recalling a gigantic living room where white is the common element, connecting different elements.

Over 50 artists – jugglers, fire-eaters, living statues, clowns, magicians and entertainers, all clad in white, will be bringing the event to life.
There will also be art on show with an exhibition by street artists, some painting live, and an exhibition of white graffiti on canvas.
Admission is free, but the organisers, on behalf of the local authority, appeal to everyone to wear white, as requested.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Festival Rock One Algarve, 2009

The biggest music event ever performed in the Algarve, will take place in Portimão at the Algarve International Motor Park, between 5/8 august 2009.

Portuguese Bands
Ana Free
Buraka Som Sistema
Fernando Pereira
Just Girls
Mia Rose
Tara Perdida
4 Taste

International Bands

Linkin Park
Bloc PartySnow Patrol
Groove Armada
Bjorn Again
James Morrison
Simple Minds
OrishasBullet for my Valentine…

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Iberian Windsurfing Proam - 13th and 14th June

The first Algarvean stage of the three stage Spanish and Portuguese Windsurfing Federations Proam 2009 takes place on 13 and 14 June at Praia de Alvor, Portimão.

Slalom, Long Distance and Speed are some of the events that will take place during this two day (Saturday & Sunday) event.


The event is open to all windsurfing enthusiasts, both professionals and amateurs alike.

The second and third stages will take place in July and August

More details from the PROAM website.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Last Nights Theatre Dinner

It was a first for the Aperitivo Theatre Group when their performance of ‘Bouncers’ was staged at the Hotel Garbe.

Aperitivo is an experimental group often seen at São Brás Museum but breaking into the commercial world of theatre-dinners was a new experience.

Jane Page was the play’s director, immaculately staging many complex scenes; she also adapted the script to include local references to Albufeira and Monte Gordo. Giving further authenticity, the setting used was the Algarve discothèque, Kadok, where the tough-guy bouncers are in charge of security.

The cast of four took on various other roles, mostly as dancers at the disco. There were no costume changes and the only props were four handbags used when the bouncers turned into four young women enjoying a good night out! Considerable acting skills were called upon to pull this off, not to mention a scene where two of them became stars in a Swedish blue movie! Adding to the atmosphere technical director, Marlis Weissenborn, created flickering strobe lighting, music and special effects.

Productions by Aperitivo often involve much larger casts and it’s not uncommon for several languages to be introduced into the scripts. In ‘Bouncers’ the occasional smattering of Dutch was used to good effect with meaning and humour conveyed through convincing facial expressions and body language.

Undoubtedly the enthusiasm of the performers was highly infectious ensuring that – like the women at the disco – the mostly English speaking audiences enjoyed a good night out!
Carolyn Kain

Thursday, 21 May 2009

5 things to do in Armacao de Pera

Walk along the long sandy beach .

Take a Boat trip to the caves

Visit the farmers fruit and vegetable market on Saturday morning

See the fishermen bring in their catch

Enjoy the sunset from the Hotel Garbe Terrace

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The Beach today

Coming Up - Algarve International Fair

The Algarve International Fair will be taking place at the Fatacil ground in Lagoa on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of May from 11am until 7pm.

Entry fee is €3.00 for adults.

There will be over 170 exhibitors and new for 2009 is "The Algarve Dog Show".

There will also be Fashion Shows, live music and dance displays throughout the day. For more information please click here

Monday, 18 May 2009

In our mailbox today

Dear Vicky,

We have only just been able to use our E Mail facility since returning home due to a fault with the computer which occurred while we were away.

We would again congratulate the Hotel Garbe for a wonderful 2week holiday where our needs were fully satisfied. From the Reception to Restaurant to In house facilities,
all were of a very high standard and the Management should take pleasure in knowing that their staff were excellent.

Please express to the staff our deep appreciation for all the good work. Hope to see you again in the future

Our Best Regards

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Bolo Delícia do Algarve - Algarve Cake

Ingredients: (12 servings)
1 lb of sugar
25 egg yolks
1/2 lb of Almonds
2 oz tinned pumpkin
3 oz. margarine
7 oz. Malabar Gourd jam
Cherries and/or other fruit for decoration.

How to Cook:
In a sauce pan, boil the sugar for a few minutes until it thickens and becomes gooey, fold the sugar into the egg yolks stirring very quickly.

Add the almonds, the margarine and the pumpkin (which should be in small chunks or slices) and replace on the heat until it thickens up again.

Remove from the heat. Butter a cake tin and line it with grease-proof paper. Pour in the mixture until it covers the bottom.

Then add a layer of cinnamon and then the Malabar Gourd. Repeat the layers until all ingredients used up.

Put in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Decorate with cherries or other fruit.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Special golf packages at unbeatable prices

Start the summer with some sunshine and golf at the Hotel Garbe

Special June offer - 3 nights bed and breakfast, 2 rounds of golf and a free buggy from only Euros 210 per person. Longer stays also available - click here for further information

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Hotel Garbe May Competition - Win a weekend for two

What is the name of the Principal Bar in the Hotel Garbe?

Send your answer by e-mail to before 5.00pm on 31st May, 2009. All correct entries will be placed in a draw.

The first one drawn will win a weekend for two people in the Hotel Garbe. The winner be announced in early June.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Whitsun Bank Holiday

Dinner, bed and buffet breakfast

45,00 Euros per person per night sharing twin landview room

Minimum two nights.

For more information or to make a reservation please call us on 282 320260 or send e-mail to

Monday, 11 May 2009

Chapel of Bones - Capela dos Ossos

If you are planning a visit to nearby Alcantarilha - you should take the opportunity to visit the Chapel of Bones which ajoins the church.

The entire interior of the chapel is lined with the bones of over 1000 former parishioners.
Disturbingly, when the local cemetery became too full, these bones were dug up and used to decorate the chapel . .

It is one of three Chapels of Bones (Capela dos Ossos) in Portugal, There is one in Évora, Alentejo and the third is in Faro.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Travel Agents visit to the Hotel Garbe

Thomas Cook Educational

We were very pleased to welcome this group of Travel Agents to our Hotel this afternoon, and have the opportunity to show them the facilities of the Hotel.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Algarve Golf Courses


For more information about golf please contact our golf desk -

Thank you for your Review

First rate hotel and first rate resort - Tripadvisor Review

Returned from this hotel on Saturday ,second of May and can not find fault with any aspect of it. We were aware of the ongoing road works before we arrived, and it did cause some inconvenience, it did not spoil our holiday. The hotel is spotless,as are the rooms. The location of this hotel is first rate situated on the beach with the pool facing the sea. My husband and i had a sea view room,the views from the balcony fabulous. The buffet breakfast was first rate with plenty to choose from and of good quality. The staff were very cheerful and polite. Looking forward to returning to this wonderful hotel.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

APAA – Summer Barbeque – Saturday 20th June 2009

Our famous annual event – Raj Indian BBQ – will be held on the terrace overlooking the ocean on Saturday, 20th June, 2009 – this is always a truly memorable evening with a fantastic selection of both Indian and Western dishes.

Howard Parkin will be playing all those famous popular melodies and tunes and as always will accept those special requests.

The price of the tickets are just € 25 per person and include wine and water – children under 12 are half price.

Bring your family and friends or come along by yourselves and support the “Association for the Protection of Animals in the Algarve” - all proceeds go to this worthy cause.

Please call Jenny on Tucker on 919041903 for tickets or further information.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Modernisation of the Beachfront Road of Armacao de Pera.

Roadwork is taking place between the Hotel Garbe and the Fisherman's beach. The work is being undertaken by the Town Hall. The work outside the Hotel Garbe will be completed by end of May.

The project will include more green spaces, especially around the Mini Golf section with areas of Calçada (traditional Portuguese pavements) reflecting the importance of the town’s historical association with the sea, with illustrations of fish, fishing nets and the waves. From the Church to the Fisherman's beach the improvements will incorporate the historical importance of this area and will include a cultural centre with a library and an auditorium. The beachfront pedestrian areas are being enlarged.

Friday, 1 May 2009

What's On - Hotel Garbe - May, 2009

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 – 1.45.Pm - Bridge - Chelb Room
Sunday Evenings - 6.00pm - Silver Exhibition - Reception Area

Monthly - First Thursday - 10.30pm - 12.30pm Writing Circle ( 7th May 2009)

Bar “Boa Vista”- 9.00pm - Happy Hour Every Day From 6.00 To 8.00pm

Friday, 1st May - Xico - Guitar Player
Saturday, 2nd May - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing
Monday, 4th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 5th May - Arte Viva - Music For Dancing
Wednesday, 6th May - João Caracol- Music For Dancing
Thursday, 7th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday, 8th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Saturday, 9th May - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing-
Sunday, 10th May - Carlos Pontes - Music For Dancing
Monday, 11th May - Folklore Dancers – 9.30pm
Tuesday, 12th May - Nuno- Resident Organist – Dancing In The Bar
Wednesday, 13th May - João Caracol –Dancing In The Bar
Thursday, 14th May - Ilze- Singer- Dancing In The Bar
Friday, 15th May - Xico - Guitar Player – Dancing In The Bar
Saturday, 16th May - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing
Monday, 18th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 19th May - “Arte Viva - Music For Dancing
Wednesday, 20th May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Thursday, 21st May, 2009 - Theatre Dinner - Raj at Garbe
Thursday, 21st May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday, 22nd May - Nuno - Resident Organist
Saturday, 23rd May - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing
Sunday, 24th May - Carlos Pontes - Music For Dancing
Monday, 25th May - Folklore Dancers – 9.30pm
Tuesday, 26th May - Nuno- Resident Organist – Dancing In The Bar
Wednesday, 27th May - João Caracol –Dancing In The Bar
Thursday, 28th May - Ilze- Singer- Dancing In The Bar
Friday, 29th May - Xico - Guitar Player – Dancing In The Bar
Saturday, 30th May - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing

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