Monday, 29 November 2010

Christmas Fair

For a number of years we have held a Christmas Fair on 1st December - the fair started small, but it grew and grew!

The event is now too big for us.

So, this year we will not be holding a Christmas Fair. However, we are pleased to advise you that there will be a fair on 1st December in Portimão. Please see poster below.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Royal British Legion November

A few photos from the Royal British Legion lunch which took place yesterday.

The Algarve Sub-Branch now has a membership of 150 and meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Holiday Inn Algarve for lunch.
All visiting RBL members are welcome and please join us in the Bar for pre-lunch drinks at mid-day.

For more information please contact Mr. Peter Wilkinson at

Chairman of the Algarve Branch, Peter Wikinson (on left) welcomes new member Alun Roberts to the Royal British Legion lunch"

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Boxing Day Treasure Hunt

Why not come along on Boxing Day and help Captain Whitebeard of the good ship 'Mollypop' retrieve his treasure.

Earn yourself a share by being the best at following the map, solving the clues and completing the tasks as you make your way around .

You get to test your brains, get some fresh sea air and walk off some of that Christmas Day Excess!!

Starting at the Holiday Inn Algarve at 2.00pm on 26th December, 2010
5.00 Euros per person - all proceeds to the Swim for Shoes fund.
Book your place now - 282 320260 or

Swim for Shoes

We are doing it again!!!

Where will you be on Christmas Day?

The place to be will be on the beach at Armacao de Pera in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve (formerly the Hotel Garbe) with other adventurous people willing to go for a paddle or a swim in the Atlantic Ocean to help raise money for the Swim for Shoes Appeal.

All you need to do is turn up at 11.00 a.m on Christmas Day with swimwear, towel and go in for a full swim or just a paddle – the choice is yours as long as part of you gets wet! Then we can all recover in the Holiday Inn Algarve bar with a Hot Toddy on Christmas Day and hot chocolate on New Years Day, generously donated by the Holiday Inn Algarve, to everyone who has taken part.

Buying shoes for the children who are in care is an ongoing expense and we want to help as many as possible start 2011 with a new pair of shoes. Each child of school age needs a pair of gym shoes and a pair of trainers. Whilst some clothes can be second hand owning a pair of new shoes helps to ensure the children feel good and fit in at school.

Adults and children are all welcome to take part on the understanding that you do so at your own risk. If you have family and friends staying over the festive season it will certainly be something different to do!

If you would like to see some photographs of the Christmas Day Swim, 2009 please click here.
On Christmas Day we hope people will come with either a Santa outfit or hat which are in some stores now . Buy yours now before stocks run out. We will have a limited supply of outfits and hats for sale on the day.

You will have another opportunity to Swim for Shoes on New Years Day but this time we hope to see you there in fancy dress so start planning your outfit now. As this is a charity event we will gratefully accept all donations offered

For more information please send e-mail to

Some of the Christmas, 2008 swimmers

"Would certainly return” - Tripadvisor

Holiday Inn Algarve

The hotel offered everything anyone could ask for. It was very clean, staff very friendly. We had a corner room which was very spacious, balcony overlooking the beach, as well as a large window at the side of the room over looking the promanade. Lots of variety at breakfast. Had a very enjoyable holiday and would certainly return.

Click here for more from Tripadvisor

Monday, 22 November 2010

Algarve - Europe's most famous secret....

The Algarve is one of the best kept secrets in Europe......

for its spectacular coastline and sandy beaches, awarded by the quality of the greens, the dramatic landscapes of Costa Vicentina or by contact with nature that can be enjoyed in protected areas Ria Formosa, Castro Marim salt marsh or estuary of Alvor - see more - click here

Friday, 19 November 2010

Thursday, 18 November 2010

The Angels are going Crackers

THE ANGELS ARE GOING CRACKERS , getting excited about their Christmas Show at the Holiday Inn ( formerly Hotel Garbe) for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Dec 4th.

To kick start the Festive Season in traditional style, the fun night commences at 7:00pm , with The Sao Bras Salvation Army Band and the chance to win a prize at the Angel Tombola Tree.

This will be followed by a full Christmas Buffet , with wine, in the main restaurant.

Curtain -up at 8:30pm will include all manner of Christmas activities, comedy sketches, readings and poems and much more.

Tickets are on sale for 29 euros, at either Holiday Inn ( 282 320260)

Or Joro Shop in Almancil ( 289 390830 ext 4 )
The price includes the show, the buffet with wine and a sing-a-long carol sheet.

If you come dressed in a Christmas hat, Santa, Reindeer, Elf, etc, you will receive a free ticket to a special raffle.

The Angels Theatre Group entertain for charity and are well known for their Music Hall Revues, which always perform to full houses.

Start your Christmas with The Angels Christmas Cracker Show and help them support Centre Algarve - a project to create a holiday centre for people with Special Needs.

Contacts : or 96 6086181

Another perfect day - this morning at 9.15am

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Raj at Garbe - November Promotion

Don't miss this promotion

Enjoy a half bottle of wine per person when you next dine our famous Indian Restaurant ! Offer valid till 30th November, 2010

Book your table now - 282 320260

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Christmas Day Gala Dinner

Saturday, 25th December 2010
Jantar de Gala- Dia de Natal - Sábado, 25 de Dezembro 2010
19.30 hrs

Creme “ Mimi “
Cream of “Mimi “ Soup
Mignon de Salmão recheado com Bacon
Salmon fillet mignon stuffed with Bacon
Supremos de Corvina com Molho Champagne e Rebentos de Lupulo
Suprêmes of Bream with hop shoots and Champagne Sauce
Peru Recheado com Farinheira e Ananás dos Açores
Roasted succulent turkey stuffed with sausage and served with caramelized chestnuts and
honey from ” Monchique”
Lombo de Porco recheado com Espargos gratinado com Crosta de Pão
Loin of Pork stuffed with Asparagus an gratinated with Bread Crusts
Tortelones Gratinado com Queijo Roquefort
Oven baked Tortalones with Roquefort Cheese
Espelho de Paté Campestre
Paté “ Campestre”
Mesa de Queijos
A selection of the finest Portuguese and international cheeses
Pudim de Natal
Traditional plum pudding served with brandy and orange sauce
Sobremesas Tradicionais de Natal
A choice of Portuguese Christmas desserts
Café & Petit Fours
Coffee & Petit Fours
Vinho Tinto ou Branco
Red or white wine
Visita especial do Pai Natal
Special appearance by Father Christmas
€:50,00. per person - 13 % Iva Incl.

For more information or to book, please contact 282 320260 or

Coming up - Racing Weekend 2010

Racing Weekend - 13th and 14th November at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão

The final round for all Portuguese circuit championships including:

*Portuguese Touring Car Championship,
*Classic Car Championship,
*GT & Sport-Prototype Championship and
*Ford Transit Trophy.

For more information click here

Saturday, 6 November 2010

From our Golf Desk

Sent: quarta-feira, 3 de Novembro de 2010 16:14

Dear Helen and Jane!

Thank you for your message – well we all arrived our homes safely and are (unfortunately) now back again in business. It was a wonderful week regarding golf, weather, food and and…! We really enjoyed our stay and we will definitely come back again within the next years (we are already studying the remaining golf courses at Algarve with a special focus given on Quinta da Ria & Quinta da Cima). Thank you again for doing all the arrangements which made our holidays such comfortable and recreative!

With kindest regards

Erich and Eveline

In the Area this month

5th-14th November - St Martin’s Fair – Portimão - Annual Fair 10.00am to 24.00hrs

13th November - Super Special Stage – Algarve International, Motor Racing Circuit – Portimão

Until 14th November - 6th Festival of the Discoveries “550 Years” Henry the Navigator of Lagos - watch a number of activities 16th Centuary Fair, a Historical Procession, street entertainment ,etc

26th-28th November - Aljezur Sweet Potato Festival

All Month
Exhibition “Wine and Art” in Porches (next to the new roundabout on the 125 main road) starts at 9.30am

Islamic Algarve Exhibition “ Do Gharb ao Algarve” at Silves Town Hall

Exhibition “ Habits and Costumes of Monchique - at Parque da Mina in Monchique from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Exhibition “Ten Monumental British Sculptures”- at the Roman archaeological site Cerro da Vila – an ancient roman villa in Vilamoura- Daily 9.30am-12.30 & 2.00om –6.00pm - €:5

What's On - November - Bar Boa Vista

Mondays - 8th and 22nd November - FOLK DANCING 21.30 hrs
Tuesdays - 9th and 23rd November - ARTE VIVA 21.00 hrs
Every Wednesday - JOÃO CARACOL 21.00 hrs
Thursdays - 4th and 18th November - ILZE 21.00 hrs
Fridays - 12th and 26th November - XICO 21.00 hrs
Every Saturday - SANDRA & JORGE 21.00 hrs
Sundays 7th and 21st November - CARLOS PONTES 21.00 hrs

BAR “BOA VISTA” OPEN - 10.00 – 24 hrs

The facilities and entertainment featured may change without notice

Friday, 5 November 2010

November - Weekly

9.30hrs Pilates Advance Class - Chelb Room
11.00hrs Pilates Intermediate Class - Chelb Room

13.45hrs Bridge - Chelb Room
18.00hrs Silver Jewellery - Reception Area

18.00hrs Pearl Jewellery - Reception Area

9.00hrs Pilates Advance Class - Chelb Room
10.30hrs Pilates Intermediate Class- Chelb Room
11.30hrs Pilates Beginners Class - Chelb Room
19.30hrs Duplicate Bridge - Chelb Room

13.45hrs Bridge - Chelb Room

18.00 hrs Silver Exhibition - Reception Area

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Christmas Cracker Show - 4th December, 2010

Are staging their
For One Night Only
Saturday, 4th December, 2010
Holiday Inn Algarve

Starting the FESTIVE Season with

Sing-a-long Carols and popular songs …. Comedy sketches and poems

Algarve Junior Song and Dance Group……Drama and fun

Angel Tombola Tree………………………….Salvation Army Band

… and more than a touch of Frankinsense and MIRTH !

Tickets 29 euros to include full buffet and drinks

Can be reserved at
Holiday Inn Algarve, Armacao de Pera - 282 320260 -

or Joro shop, Almancil– tel:289 390830 ext 4

All profits to benefit a project to create a holiday centre for people with special needs.

Centre Algarve – Moncarapcho

Angels Theatre Group