Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Answers

Congratulations to Mr. Martin Houlton who is the winner of a weekend for two at the Holiday Inn Algarve.

1. In which city was Jesus born?
2. Name the three kings that went to see baby Jesus?
Gaspar; Balthasar; Melchior
3. In what direction did the kings see His star?
4. What were the gifts they presented?
Gold / Frankincense / Myrrh
5. Who wrote O Come, All Ye Faithful?
John Francis Wade – 1743
6. What Christmas song includes Glory to the newborn king?
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
7. What colour of a Christmas am I dreaming of ?
White Christmas
8. What is Tiny Tim famous for saying?
God Bless Us Everyone
9. Name three items contained in Egg Nog?
Sugar, Milk and Eggs
10. What letter does the Christmas candy cane resemble?
J for Jesus
11. What are the names of Santas' reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer Prancer,Vixen, Cornet Cupid Donner Blitzen, Rudolph and Olive
12. In the Grinch that stole Christmas, what was 2 sizes too small?
His heart
13. What is the name of the Christmas snowman?
14. What are the most popular Christmas colors?
Red and green
15. Where can we exchange kisses at Christmas time?
Below the mistletoe
16. What was so good about the Rudolphs' red nose?
It penetrated the mist and fog like a beacon
17 . In the Polar Express movie what was chosen as the first gift?
A bell from Santa’s Sleigh
18. In the song, how many days of Christmas are there?
19. What popularized the image of Santa Claus in 1931?
The portrait made for Coca-cola by Haddon Sundblom
20. How do you say Merry Christmas in Portuguese?
Feliz Natal

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Boxing Day Treasure Hunt Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Boxing Day Treasure Hunt

The third Boxing Day Treasure Hunt took place on Monday, 26th December in Armação de Pêra.

After a brisk walk around the town and a small excursion to the beach to collect required items the contestants returned to the Holiday Inn Algarve with their completed sheets.

Cap’n Whitebeard happily shared his treasure with the winners - the "The Jolly Rogers" and announced that the event had raised 60 Euros, which will be added to Swim for Shoes fund.

1960's Night

1960’s Buffet Dinner Dance - Jantar “Anos 60” Friday 30th December –

Sexta-feira 30 de Dezembro 2011
19.30 hrs


Creme de Agriões
Cream of watercress
Saladas à Escolha
Selection of salads
Espelho de Muchelitos
Deep fried crab claws
Lombinhos de Tamboril com Molho de Marisco
Tender fillets of monkfish with a sea food sauce
Bifinhos de Peru com Gomos de Maçã Caramelizadas
Turkey steaks with slices of caramelized apple
Medalhões de Porco Grelhados com Manteiga de Alho
Grilled medallions of pork with served with garlic butter
Tortelloni com Molho de Queijo
Tortelloni with cheese sauce
Doces Variados e Fruta da Época
Selection of homemade desserts or fresh fruit
Espelho de Queijos
A choice of fine cheese

Vinho Branco ou Tinto
Red or white wine

€ 30.00 – IVA incl.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Swim for Shoes - Christmas Day, 2011

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Christmas Swim yesterday and helped to raise almost 800 Euros to buy shoes for the children of «A Gaivota» in Albufeira - Congratulations.

The weather was kind (sunshine, blue sky and 17c) to the almost 150 Father Christmases that took part.
Certificates were awarded to all those who got wet and everyone enjoyed a very welcome glass of Hot Choclate and brandy in the Holiday Inn Algarve bar afterwards.

We also thank RTP and SIC for broadcasting this worthy action. And...don't forget, come join us for the New Year's Swim on the 1st of January,2012 same time, same place !!

Photos - our thanks to John Oliver ( and Joana Silva

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Eve Sandcastles!!!

Competitors were ask to "build a sandcastle containing at least four towers, a moat and a flag....."
Blue sky and sunshine enabled five teams to compete against each other on Armação de Pêra beach in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve on Christmas Eve.

Our congratulations go to the Bonsall Family who won the competition - with a "castle" Nativity.

Many thanks to Martin Binns and Lynn Love for organising this event, which raised 50 Euros for the Swim for Shoes collection.

Christmas Day Breakfast

Sunday, 11 December 2011

January Quiz Night

Holiday Inn Algarve - Armação de Pera

Monday 9th January 2012

In the Raj Restaurant

Lynn & Martin’s

With fund raising raffle

proceeds to
Algoz School for Autistic Children

Starts 8 pm
€2.50 per person
Teams of 2 – 6 people welcome
individuals can be added to a team

Tel Lynn on 919 266 770 to book your table
or just turn up on the night
everyone welcome

Monday, 5 December 2011

Friday, 2 December 2011

Christmas Quiz, 2011 - Win a weekend for two

1. In which city was Jesus born?
2. Name the three kings that went to see baby Jesus.
3. In what direction did the kings see His star?
4. What were the gifts they presented?
5. Who wrote O Come, All Ye Faithful?
6. What Christmas song includes Glory to the newborn king?
7.. What color of a Christmas am I dreaming of?
8. What is Tiny Tim famous for saying?
9. Name three items contained in Egg Nog.
10. What letter does the Christmas candy cane resemble?
11. What are the names of Santas' reindeer?
12. In the Grinch that stole Christmas, what was 2 sizes too small?
13. What is the name of the Christmas snowman?
14. What are the most popular Christmas colors?
15. Where can we exchange kisses at Christmas time?
16. What was so good about the Rudolphs' red nose?
17. In the Polar Express movie what was chosen as the first gift?
18. In the song, how many days of Christmas are there?
19. What popularized the image of Santa Claus in 1931?
20. How do you say Merry Christmas in Portuguese?

Send your answers by e-mail to before 3.00pm on 26th December, 2011 - all correct entries will be placed in a draw. The first one drawn will win a weekend for two in the Holiday Inn Algarve. Answers will be posted in early January.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Raj Promotion - December, 2011 and January, 2012

December and January 2012 Promotion

Complimentary Peshavari Naan when you next dine in our famous Indian restaurant !

Don’t miss your chance to sample our delicious “Peshavari Naan”

Peshavari Naan is a very popular Indian bread. Its is the traditional flat bread, with raisins and nuts and cooked in the tandoor.

Offer valid until 31st January 2012

Please note that the restaurant will be closed from 11 December 2011 and re-open on Tuesday 10 January 2012

Click on this link and bring this voucher with you !

Book your table now - Tel: 282 320260

This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other Raj Promotion

Raj Indian Restaurant
Holiday Inn Algarve
Avenida Marginal
8365-909 Armação de Pêra
Tel: 00351 282 320260

Monday, 28 November 2011

Sweet Potato Festival - Aljezur - coming up

On the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th of December, Aljezur will once again hold the Festival of Sweet Potato.

Visit the local craft stalls, and see the sweets based on the sweet potato. The festival will have the local confectioners, and three or four restaurants and taverns where you can enjoy their unique recipes.

Visitors will also be able to learn from some of the best chefs, while they cook several recipes based on the sweet potato grown in Aljezur area.

Friday, 25 November 2011

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, 2011.

2.50 Euros per person - all proceeds to the Swim for Shoes fund.

Book your place now - 282 320260 or

Another beautiful day in Armação de Pêra

View from Holiday Inn Algarve - 9.30am - 25th November, 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner - Jantar de Reveillon

Saturday 31st December – Sábado 31 de Dezembro 2011

20.30 hrs
Sopa de Legumes Perfumada com Coentros
Vegetable soup garnished with coriander
Saladas à Escolha
Selection of Salads
Espelho de Frango Grelhado com“Piri-Piri”

Cold grilled chicken with piri piri

Espelho de Perú Assado
Cold roasted breast of turkey

Espelho de Frutos do Mar

Seafood platter

Espelho de Pasteis Mistos
Traditional Portuguese croquettes

Espelho de Leitão Assado

Traditional roasted suckling pig

Espelho de Salmão Fumado
Smoked salmon

Medalhões de Pescada à Florentina
Medallions of hake with spinach

Supremos de Corvina com Vinho Branco
Suprême of bream with white wine sauce

Tranches de Solha com Manga
Fillets of plaice with sliced mango

Medalhões de Porco Preto Grelhados na Chapa com Ananas
Grilled medallions of black pork served with pineapple

Lombo de Novilho Recheado com Ameixas
Loin of veal stuffed with plums

Bifinhos de Frango Grelhados
Grilled breast of chicken

Carré de Borrego Perfumado com Alecrim
Sautéed lamb cutlets with a hint of rosemary

Doces Variados e Fruta da Época
Selection of desserts and fresh fruit in season

Tábua de Queijos
Cheese board

Vinho Branco e Vinho Tinto

White and red wine

Champanhe à Meia Noite - Champagne at Midnight

Ceia ~ After Midnight

Caldo Verde e Saladas à Escolha
The traditional “Caldo Verde” and a selection of salads

Música ao Vivo e Grupo de Dança - Dancing to live music and live dance show

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Armação de Pêra

The Holiday Inn Algarve is situated in the small town of Armação de Pêra in the Algarve.

Location: Midway along the south coast of Portugal, 11 kms West of Albufeira, 13 kms East of Portimao and 50 kms West of Faro & the airport.

South facing on low lying cliffs with a fairly flat area between a main road promenade and the main national road.

Armação de Pêra offers one of the best sandy beaches in the Algarve. The beach is long, wide and sandy, backed by cliffs at one end and it is possible to walk for miles along this beach, past the golf course at Salgados and on towards Gale.

The old part of the town still retains much of its original charm, although the town has grown at a tremendous rate over the past few years. The Old Casino often hosts art exhibitions showing work from local artists and there is a church and a fort in the old part of town. In nearby Alcantarilha, there is another old chapel which may be of interest to the holidaymaker.

There is a local market which is held every Saturday morning, as well as the ´Lota´ on the fisherman’s beach. This is where the catch of the day is sold to the many local restaurants.

There are many bars & restaurants along the beach front, look out for `Pedro´s Bar` and Rocha Palha right on the beach.

On the opposite side of the road - set back from the beach there are many more to choose from: Tasca and O Serol serve excellent fish dishes as well traditional meat dishes. There are Chinese restaurants as well as our own famous Indian Restaurant ` Raj at Garbe´ (you can check out the menu on our website). Generally the food served at all the local restaurants is excellent. Most places have a varied menu of grilled meat or fresh fish usually served with salad or fresh vegetables and at least one vegetarian dish.

Going West, the next resort area is called Senhora da Rocha. This boasts two lovely coves and a small chapel situated between the two coves on the cliff top. The smaller fisherman’s cove can be accessed through some caves from the other larger cove.

Going further West and slightly inland there is the village of Porches which also has a lovely old church. Here you will find a couple of very nice coffee bars, along with some very good restaurants. Not far from here is the famous Porches Pottery, where you can see them decorating the pots!

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Great Christmas and New Year Challenge - 8th Year

Christmas Day, 2010

Once again we will be "swimming for shoes" during the festive season.

Diary dates - two opportunities to SWIM FOR SHOES where you can have a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and help to raise money for children here who are in need of new shoes.

These will be on Christmas Day and New Years Day at 11.00 a.m. on the beach at Armação de Pêra in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve (formerly the Hotel Garbe).

All you need to do is turn up 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 everyone who takes part can recover in the Holiday Inn Bar and enjoy a Hot Bomba on Christmas Day and hot chocolate on New Years Day.

Buying shoes for the children who are in care is an ongoing expense and we want to help as many as possible start 2012 with a new pair of shoes

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!

As this is a charity event we will gratefully accept all donations offered

For further information please contact
Vicki Good - Holiday Inn Algarve - 282 320 260

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Christmas Day Gala Dinner - Jantar de Gala - Dia de Natal

Sunday 25th December - Domingo 25 de Dezembro 2011
19.30 hrs


Sopa de Agriões Perfumado com Salmão
Watercress soup with a hint of salmon
Saladas à Escolha
Selection of seasonal salads
Espelho de Paté Campestre
Paté “Campestre”
Supremos de Maruca Gratinada com Broa de Milho
Oven baked suprême of ling topped with a traditional maize flour crust
Tranches de Panga com Molho de Crustaceos
Fillets of panga with seafood sauce
Peru Assado Recheado com Murcela, Salsichas e Castanhas Caramelizadas com Mel de Silves
Roasted succulent turkey stuffed with sausage and served with caramelized chestnuts and honey from “Silves”
Bifinhos de Novilho com Queijo Roquefort
Fillet of veal served with Roquefort cheese
Fussilli Gratinado com Tomate & Pesto
Oven baked fusilli with tomato and pesto sauce
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 no Bar
Coffe and Petit Fours in the Bar
Vinho Branco ou Tinto
Red or white wine
Visita Especial do Pai Natal
Special appearance by Father Christmas
€ 50.00 – IVA incl.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

A few of our favourite restaurants in Armação de Pêra

The Raj at Garbe - Serves a varied menu of very tasty Indian Food
Situated within the Holiday Inn Algarve.

L’Oasis Italiana Pizzeria - Excellent Pizza & Pasta dishes. From the hotel turn left, take your first turning on your right and first right again. The restaurant is on your right.

A Pelintra - A very good all round restaurant
Serves a mix of fresh meat and fish dishes at great value prices. From the hotel turn right and continue along taking your second street on the left. Continue down the hill towards the roundabout with the fountain. The Restaurant is on your right just before the roundabout.

Rocha da Palha - Enjoys a great position right off the beach. Serves a nice selection of meat & fish dishes. From the hotel turn right and continue along passing the church on your left take the next right turn and down the steps towards the beach.

A Tasca - Small friendly Bistro (advisable to book a table). Serves a good mixture of dishes – shellfish and sauces are excellent. From the hotel turn right and walk along passing the church on your left, the road will then narrow up hill and you will see the old fort (Fortaleza ) on your right hand side.
Follow the road down the hill and the restaurant is in a small side street on your left.

O Serol – One of the oldest family restaurants in the town. Serves excellent fish and shellfish as well as steaks – very fresh and well served From the hotel turn right and walk along the sea front, passing the church on your left. the road will then narrow up hill, continue along and you will see the old fort (Fortaleza) on your right hand side. Follow the road down the hill and the restaurant is just a little further along on the left opposite the fishing boats

Zé Leiteiro - Fish Restaurant (Closed on Mondays). For a fixed price you can each as much fish as you like – fresh catch of the day! Turn right at the hotel and walk along the sea front towards the fishing boats Pass Fortaleza coffee bar towards O Serol but take a left turn just before –
(down the small side street )

Chicken Piri Piri – The famous chicken dish from the town of Guia There are several excellent restaurants in the town of Guia all famous for their BBQ’d chicken with Piri Piri sauce but all serve other great dishes too! Take the N125 east towards Faro, pass Zoo Marine and continue ahead to the next roundabout (you will see stone chickens in the middle!). This is the town of Guia – You can take a right or left at the roundabout for some great choices on where to eat.

Friday, 11 November 2011

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Calling all Ladies Lunch Clubs

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday 29th March, 2012 there will be a joint Lunch at the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra for the Ladies Lunch Clubs of the Algarve.

An opportunity to meet "old" and make new friends, exchange Club information, enjoy a buffet lunch followed by the speaker of the day.

All ladies are very welcome to participate. For more information please contact organiser - Carole Good-Dixon, e-mail: Mobile: 966571639 Tel: 282312079

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Dia da São Martinho

Dia da São Martinho – Saint Martin - is celebrated on the 11th November.

Celebrated throughout Portugal, this annual event pays homage to the saint who, on a cold and blustery November night, shared his cape with a poor stranger. The day is toasted with new wine tasting and roasted chestnuts – a Portuguese speciality

The legend goes that São Martinho was a brave soldier. On this day, a long time ago, he saw a poor beggar shivering with cold and without hesitation he handed him over his warm military cloak.

As a reward God made the sun shine through the clouds, and in remembrance of his generosity, on this day every year the days get a little warmer.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Armação de Pera and its History

The once village of Armação de Pera, is a treasure trove to be discovered, as hidden away, is an historical heart that will surprise many.

Situated by the mouth of the river Alcantarilha, it is believed the Romans had a military base here to protect those living along the river. The remains of such a base are thin on the ground, but old salt tanks dating from this period were discovered on the beach. The tanks were used by the Romans to collect salt for preserving fish.

When the Romans departed, any settlement they had petered out; people preferred to live further up-river, at present day Pêra. Their main livelihood was still fishing and Estacio da Veiga says in his book, Antiguidades Monumentais do Algarve, that in ancient times, a fleet of fishing boats would leave from Ponta da Galé to catch tuna. In 1639, the site of present day Armação was known as Armação da Pedra da Galé.

In 1661, a fort was built to offer protection from pirates and other invaders. It was named after the local patron saint, Santo António da Pedra and below its walls the local fishermen felt safe enough to settle. Disaster struck on November 1st 1755, the day that much of southern Portugal was destroyed by the great earthquake.

Accompanying the earthquake was a tidal wave of such enormity that, according to Pinho Leal, author of Portugal Antigo e Moderno (1873) the village was completely destroyed by the sea. Eighty-four people died and only one house remained. The earthquake damaged much of the fort, but the original entrance still remains. When walking past, take time to look up above at the doorway where you will see the old coat-of-arms. If you walk through the doorway towards the sea, look at the flooring. Close to the walls you will walk across the original flagstones, barely notice-able but still there. To help the people recover from this disaster, a chapel was built within the fort. When completed it was given the same name as the fort, but today is known as Ermida Nossa Senhora do Aflitos. It has hardly altered since it was built, but sadly is now rarely open to the public.

Once the chapel was completed, parts of the fort were also rebuilt. The building to the left of the doorway was used to house troops before being handed over to the Direcçao Geral da Alfandega of Faro in 1879 as a customs house, and later it became a station for the GNR.

From the mid 19th century, confidence in the area appears to have returned. Fishermen once again began to build houses and develop commercial activities such as boat building, fish processing, rope, sail and net making. Armação was a warren of narrow streets and alleys and the people, young and old, men and women, were all employed one way or another in keeping the boats out at sea to catch fish, particularly tuna.

Only a few of these streets remain, their names bearing witness to the commercial activities their housed – Rua das Artes (street of fishing nets) Rua das Velhas (street of sails) Rua do Candeeiro (street of candles and lamps) By wandering through these streets, to the east of the fort, you can easily image how life was in the village a hundred years ago.

The decline of tuna stocks coincided with the appearance of tourism in the Algarve during the sixties. Attracted by the spectacular expanse of golden sand, the Hotel Garbe (now the Holiday Inn Algarve) was the first hotel to be built in the town. An old photograph in the reception shows the hotel standing alone above the beach with no other development in sight.

Today the picture in very different, as Armação de Pêra has gradually expanded westwards along the cliff tops. In 1991 it was officially granted the status of a town. There are about 4,000 permanent residents, but summer holidaymakers swell the numbers to over 70,000. Although the smallest town in the Council de Silves, it generates approximately two thirds of the Council’s direct income.

The summer is fine for beachgoers, but the quieter winter months are the best time to visit Armação de Pêra and discover for yourself its historical heart.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Gentle Jazz Recovery Day

Sunday 1st January 2012 - New Years Day

Soothing sounds to while away the day with a “ Hair of the Dog ” Hangover Brunch

A buffet feast with “ Black Velvets” from 11.00am to 4.00pm


A selection of Fruit Juices
Choice of Cereals
Yoghurts and Seasonal Fresh Fruits

White, Wholemeal Bread and Rolls, Brioches, Croissants and Toast
Jams, Marmalades and Honey

A selection of Cold meats, Pate and Cheese

Eggs. Grilled Bacon and Sausages
Tomatoes, Baked Beans and Sautéed Mushrooms

Traditional Bacalhau “ Gomes de Sa”
Traditional Cod fried with onions and garlic, sliced boiled potatoes
garnished with hard boiled eggs and black olives.

Rice “Valenciana”
A delicious rice dish cooked with ham, sausage, peppers, tomatoes and green peas.

A choice of Portuguese cakes and pastries

Coffee, Tea, Milk, or Chocolate

€:20.00 per person - 13% iva incl

For more information or to book please contact 282 320360 or

Don’t miss it book now.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Raj Indian Restaurant November Promotion

Complimentary Vegetable Pokora when you next dine in the Raj Indian Restaurant.

Vegetable pokora is a very popular Indian starter.

As the name suggests, vegetable pokora is a vegetarian dish. A selection of vegetables, usually cauliflower, onions, potatoes, tomatoes and pies and mixed with mild spices and flour, and then deep fried.

Don't miss this opportunity to try vegetable pokora. Click on this link and bring this voucher with you !

Offer valid until 3oth November, 2011

Book your table now ! Tel: 282 320260 E-mail:

This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other Raj Promotion

Raj at Garbe
Holiday Inn Algarve,
Avenida Beira Mar,
Armação de Pêra.

November Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available

please click here

Monday, 31 October 2011

TripAdvisor - “Excellent hotel, great service”

We stayed for 5 nights from 20th October 2011.

Having viewed previous reviews on Trip Advisor, I was a little tentative as I'm a real clean freak and expect good service. I wasn't disappointed. We arrived really late, but the chap on reception was very helpful and efficient. Both rooms were newly decorated in a contemporary style and immaculate (4th floor). Although the shower was a bit cool first night, it was fine the rest of the time and really powerful.

The views were stunning and the beach really clean too.The breakfast was lovely, plenty of choice, from full English (buffet) to fresh fruit and cheeses, pastries etc etc. The chef was very attentive to replenishing and the breakfast time was nice and long - 7am til 11am.

I can't fault this hotel, and I'm very choosy. The cafe over the road was excellent too and served us a meal at 11pm! If I have to say one thing, it would be that the other guests were much older than us and we felt a bit self-conscious at breakfast time as it was very quiet and not family-orientated.

If you love peace and quiet and want excellent service this is a safe bet when staying in the region. If you're after a livelier hotel with young families and trendy young people then maybe it's not for you.All in all a great experience, very relaxing and we'll be returning. Thank you so much.

Click here for more from TripAdvisor

Saturday, 29 October 2011

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.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Car Hire - November, 2011 - March, 2012

We work with Cordial Car company here in the Hotel - please see below their rates for our guests for next winter.

November, 2011 to March 2012

Group B - FIAT PANDA 5 doors €.100,00 – no air conditioning
Group C - FIAT PUNTO HYNDAY ATOS €.110,00 – no air conditioning
Group D - RENAULT CLIO, OPEL CORSA €.120,00 - air conditioning
Group E – FORD FIESTA, SEAT IBIZA , SEAT IBIZA STATION WAGON €.150,00 air conditioning

The prices above include: Unlimited Mileage, Fully comprehensive Insurance and VAT

Baby Seat – €:15.00 – 7 days
Additional Driver – €:15.00 – 7 days
AIRPORT TAX – deliver and return - – €:30,00 – 7 days
P.A.I. (personal accident insurance) – €: 3,00 per day

For more information or to book your car please send e-mail to or see

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Fiesa Photography Competition Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our Fiesa Photography Competition - Mrs. Maggie Madeley who has won a two night stay on a bed and breakfast basis for two people at the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armação de Pêra.

My brother Philip and his wife Mandy, both with learning difficulties doing their interpretation of the sand sculpture behind them! Such a happy photo!

Taken 2nd May 2011

1st November - Bank Holiday

November, 1st is a Bank Holiday in Portugal.

It is All Saints day.
The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Christmas Eve Sandcastle Competition

Holiday Inn Algarve - Armação de Pêra

Saturday 24th December 2011

Grand Sandcastle Competition

Build a sandcastle containing at least
4 towers, a moat and a flag
Prize for the best ‘Castle’

Starts 2 pm

€2.50 per person

Teams of up to 4 people
adults especially welcome
it’s not just for kids!

Tel: Holiday Inn Algarve on 282 320 260
to book your bucket & spade
and join us on the beach!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

This weekend - All Saints Fair in Silves

The traditional annual All Saints Fair is taking place in Silves (just north of the Castle) from 29th October to 2nd November.

From traditional to modern, there are numerous articles and products for sale at this five-day fair, from footwear to clothes, housewares and toys, and of course, hot chestnuts and roasted octopus.

Friday, 21 October 2011


In aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

The 2011 Poppy Ball

at the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra.

On Saturday, 29th October, 2011.

Welcome Drink, Buffet Meal, House wine, water and coffee.

Dancing to Live Music

30 Euros per person

For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact Eddy and Maria de Bie - Tel:-282 381 184 or e-mail

Special rates for overnight accommodation at the Holiday Inn Algarve.

Please contact Vicki Good Tel: 282 320 260 or E-mail

Associaçao British Legion Portugal UK registered no 219279 Branch no BR3443 Portugal IRS no 507170261

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

From our inbox

From: Richard
Sent: domingo, 9 de Outubro de 2011 14:06

Subject: For the attention of the hotel manager: Feedback on our week with you (1 - 8 October)

Although we filled in the feedback form in the room, I just wanted to say again how very impressed we were with the hotel, its facilities and – especially – its staff.

The hotel was beautifully placed, and very handy both for the town and its beaches. We particularly thought the breakfast buffet was excellent.

Our deal was bed and breakfast only, so our feedback on the restaurant staff is relatively limited, but I wanted to say something particularly about the Reception staff.

The Reception staff (- we had dealings with several) were unfailing helpful and keen to please. We booked two excursions (- nothing to do with the hotel on either occasion), both of which messed us about a fair bit: each was subject to several changes of pick up time and location. The Reception staff kept us up to date admirably and could not have been more helpful in making sure we joined up with the rest of the group. Similarly, they helped confirm our pre-arranged transfer back to Faro airport and made sure everything went smoothly.

I’m not sure anyone says ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ enough these days, but your Reception staff certainly deserve it.

Sue and Richard

Monday, 26 September 2011

Hotspots Bowling Club

Hotspots Bowling Club are the first of a series of Bowling Groups that are staying here this Autumn. This photo was taken on the terrace outside the Raj at Garbe Indian Restaurant.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

“Superb in every way” - TripAdvisor

Reviewed 20 September 2011

We've just returned from 9 nights at this exceptional hotel. From the fantastic pre-sales service (nothing was too much trouble in terms of organising our room, advising on travel and ensuring we got the most from our holiday) everything about the hotel and it's staff are first rate.

We booked via the IC Hotels booking site and used some of our Priority Club reward points, so we paid an additional 24 euro per night for a sea view - absolutely well worth the cost as the views are simply stunning. We had a fabulous suite on the top floor, the refurbished rooms are luxurious and have a fabulous huge bathroom. The balconies are somewhat small but with such stunning views you really don't notice, and they make the perfect spot for an early morning coffee or late evening G&T!

The rooms are equipped with everything you need, tea and coffee, fridge, wide screen TV and lots of space - fabulous. A very comfy bed and excellent service in rooms.

The public areas are cool and spacious with a modern feel, the Boavista bar has the most amazing views and does a fabulous happy hour where cocktails and drinks are almost half price - an absolute must - don't miss this chilled out hour! We had breakfast on the terrace from time to time - again stunning! The pool area was a little crowded but there are several levels and we found we preferred the upper levels where the views were again absolutely amazing. The pool itself is fab!

Armacao was a real surprise. Although we've travelled extensively in Portugal it was new to us. It does have some high rise buildings but you don't see any of this from the Holiday Inn - just the glorious beach and coastline. However, the resort is truly Portugese, the food and service was some of the best we've experienced, at immensely cheap prices. The old town is lovely, we really enjoyed sitting at Pedro's Bar (on the Fisherman's beach) for a mid morning coffee and tostas (for the grand sum of 3 euro!).

Top Tips - sea view room a must, get a suite if you can, happy hour is brilliant value for money, best restaurants for us were Cozhina Do Mar (old Town) 10 euro for 4 courses!, O Fernando (just across from Holiday Inn - lovely fish dishes), Happy Talk Chinese Restaurant (turn left from Hotel and head away from the Town - it's the last restaurant). A superb holiday - we will definitely be back.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Recipes from the Algarve - Arroz Doce

Sweet Rice Pudding

1 cup of rice 2 egg yolk
3 cups milk ½ cup of sugar
1 tsp ground lemon peel 1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tbsp cinamon 1 tbsp sugar

Put the rice into boiling water and after five minutes drain off the water. Bring the milk with sugar and vanilla to the boil.
Add the rice and cover. Simmer until the rice is soft. Break the egg yolk and mix with lemon peel. Stir this into the rice pudding. Fill into small glass dishes and stand to cool. Turn over and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Folklore Dancing

Once a fortnight (on Mondays) - a local Folklore Group performs in the Bar Boa Vista of the Hotel.

Our guests can enjoy watching (and participating) traditional Folklore Dancing and lively music.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Coming up - MozART Group - Lagoa - 7th October

Group MozArt - String Quartet - Cabaret and Comedy
The MozArt group from Poland performs for the first time in Portugal.

This string quartet, presents classical music in a creative, original and very comical way. Musical entertainment for the whole family.

Filip Jaslo - Violin
Michał Sikorski - Violin
Paweł Kowaluk - viola
Bolek Błaszczyk - Cello

Date: Friday, 07 October 2011 21:30
Location: Municipal Auditorium in Lagoa, Lagoa
Price: 15 Euros

Monday, 12 September 2011

Raj at Garbe - September Promotion

Complimentary Somosas when you next dine in our famous Indian restaurant ! Don’t miss your chance to sample our delicious “Vegetable Somosas”

Triangular shaped filo pastry filled with minced vegetables and deep fried.

Offer valid until 30th September 2011

Click on this link and bring this voucher with you !

Book your table now ! Tel: 282 320260 E-mail:

This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other Raj Promotion

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The view - 9.30am this morning

Friday, 19 August 2011

Royal British Legion August Lunch

Photo: Alun Roberts

The Algarve Sub-Branch 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 Eddy and Maria de Bie

For more photos please click here

TripAdvisor - “Great hotel in a great location”

Reviewed 16 August 2011
We stayed here for 5 nights and loved it. The hotel is right on the edge of Armacao de Pera. You can walk down to the beach (but the water is a bit cold) or stay by the hotel pool which has an amazing view overlooking the sea.

Unless you want to explore the rest of the Algarve there is no need for a car, there are lots of restaurants and amenities available within walking distance. The hotel arranged for a taxi transfer from Faro airport for 45 Euros.

The rooms were nice- with great balcony views. Our air conditioning unit was not working the night we arrived but was repaired by the time we came back from the beach the next day.

We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed August 2011, travelled with family

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Fatacil - starts this weekend

FATACIL - 19th - 28th August - 6pm - 1.00am

Every year, since 1980, when it was held for the first time, FATACIL – the Lagoa Handicraft, Tourism, Agriculture, Trade and Industry Fair – brings thousands of visitors to the town of Lagoa.

Besides the festive atmosphere that is to be found in the town all week long, visitors are attracted by the enormous quantity and diversity of products that can be found here. With products ranging from woven articles,copper and wrought iron, lace, wooden objects, pottery and ceramics, cork articles, wickerwork and basketry, everything can be found.

It is also possible to fine some of the finest examples of the traditional Algarve cuisine not only the genuine sausages (morcelas – a kind of black pudding – or farinheiras – pork sausages made with flour) and smoked hams, but also the famous regional sweetmeats and desserts (based on figs, almonds and flour), dry fruits and nuts, medronho (arbutus-berry brandy) and fig liqueur, as well as tasty cheeses made from ewes’ milk.

There is a varied programme of entertainment every day, with performances including shows and concerts produced by some of the best and most popular Portuguese musicians. This is a an event that you cannot afford to miss!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Writing Workshop - Algarve, Portugal


Write Now! Creative Writing in Portugal •

WORKSHOP VENUE - Holiday Inn Algarve

Date: Friday, 28 October - Sunday, 30 October 2011
Time: 10.30AM - 5.00PM (Saturday - Sunday only)
Length of course: 2.5 days
Cost: €226 (double room, 2 sharing). €250 (single room). Non-resident: €185

WHAT sort of writer are you? What sort of writer do you dream of becoming? Have you found your writing voice? If you have not written before, do you want to find out what that voice might be?

This exciting workshop in the heart of the Algarve will help you develop your creative skills and explore your unique powers of expression. The course incorporates exercises that enable you to free your imagination and develop the voice that is uniquely your own. This weekend course will include:

• four 2.5 hour workshops

• techniques to start writing or develop work-in-progress

• a chance to initiate pieces that lead to more extended works of prose or poetry

• the opportunity to have writing done in the workshop read and discussed

• Open Mic evening session for those who wish to share work already written (voluntary)

The workshop is open to anyone with a desire to write, from beginners to experienced writers. Sessions will be conducted in a friendly, constructive atmosphere.

Holiday Inn Algarve is situated in southern Portugal in a prime beachfront location with stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Guest room prices are all landview. Interconnecting rooms are available on request. Shared rooms are 2 people to a room. Seaview room: If you would like a room that faces the ocean, you can upgrade directly with the Holiday Inn on your arrival. The seaview supplement is 20 Euros per night per room.

The Holiday Inn Algarve can cater for vegetarian and vegans. Please provide information on any special dietary requirements when booking.

You'll be kept busy writing during the workshop itself, but you may choose to extend your stay in Portugal either before, or after, the course. Tennis and horse riding facilities are nearby, as well as Zoomarine where visitors can interact with dolphins.

Bound notebook, pen & a spare. Clipboard (optional)

Air: Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and British Airways all fly to Faro International Airport. Road: The Holiday Inn Algarve is 262 kilometres from Lisbon (approximately 2 hours driving time) and 244 kilometres from Seville, Spain (driving time approximately 2 hours).

If you are a passport holder from a country outside the EU, you will need to check if a visa is necessary to enter Portugal. Students are responsible for obtaining any visas, or other travel documents, necessary to enter the country. You are advised to travel with a passport which has a minimum of 6 month left before its expiry.

The Holiday Inn have a transfer service (€40 each way for up to 4 people). Taxi: €60 each way for up to 4 people. Car hire: Students travelling from Faro Airport to the Holiday Inn Algarve are eligible for preferential rates. Click here to send an email to the Holiday Inn for more information. Bus: You can book a shuttle bus from Faro International Airport to Armação de Pêra by clicking here.

If you'd like more information on the Holiday Inn, click here to download a 2-page PDF.

Residential course members can check in after 2.00PM on Friday. Our first dinner together will be at 7.30PM. There won't be any tuition on Friday night, just the chance to get to know each other a little before the course kicks off on Saturday morning. I would encourage all non-residential members to join us for this meal as it's a relaxed way to be introduced to the course, myself and the other participants.

After dinner on Saturday, 29 October there will be the opportunity to share prepared work. If you wish to participate, you will need to bring photocopies which will be returned to you. Word limit: 1300

• 2 nights' full board at the Holiday Inn for course residents
• Course fee for workshops

• Tuition, two lunches and two evening meals for non-residents

• Flights to/from Faro

• Ground transportation to/from Holiday Inn Algarve

• Seaview room supplement
• Drinks
• Personal travel insurance


If you want to know more about Anne Aylor Creative Writing Courses, check out "Spread the Word" link by clicking here. For comments by students, click here.

By post: Enrolment will be confirmed on receipt of your €115 deposit. Full payment is due by 16 September. Online: You can use your credit or debit card to pay below. Course fee: €226 per person (shared accommodation, 2 sharing), €250 (single room), €185 (non-residential). To view Terms & Conditions, click here.

Choose the option you want, then click the Pay Now button to pay online.

Shared room, landview €226 per person
Single room. landview €250
Non-resident €185
Deposit €115

Click here to book or for more information.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Procession in Honour of Our Lady of the Fisherman

The annual procession in honour of “Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes”(Lady of the Navigators) will take place this year on Sunday,13th August. Starting at 6.00pm the procession will pass through the village and by boat on the Armação de Pêra coast.

Below are a few photos of the procession that took place in 2009.

No Diving Cover Band - August Dates

Wednesday, 10th and Wednesday, 24th August, 2011 - 9.00pm

Bar Boa Vista, Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra