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.

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