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

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

What's On - August, 2011 - Bar Boa Vista

Bar "Boa Vista" Open - 10.00hrs – 24 hrs

Mondays - 1st & 15th & 29th - Folk Dancing - 22.00 hrs
Wednesdays - 3rd & 17th & 31st - Collar and Cuffs - 21.00 hrs
Wednesdays - 10th & 24th - No Diving Band - 21.00 hrs

Every Saturday - “Sandra & Jorge” - 21.00 hrs

Happy Hour – Daily 19.00 – 20.00 hrs = 40% Discount

Fridays- Summer Barbeque Night - Restaurant “Por do Sol”-19.30-21.30 hrs

The facilities and entertainment featured may change without notice.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Late Summer Golfing Special

Enjoy a relaxing week

1st - 15th September 2011
€589 per person

Offer Includes:

7 nights sharing a sea view twin room
Buffet Breakfast
Welcome Drink
Dinner with our compliments one evening during your stay with us
Traditional Port & Mineral Water in your room on arrival
4 rounds of golf at Morgado, Alamos and Salgados & Boavista
with shared use of a complimentary buggy
Additional nights or extra rounds of golf available on request

All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions.

For reservations or further information
contact Helen or Jane

T +351 282 320 260