Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Raj Indian Restaurant - February, 2012 Promotion

Don’t miss this Promotion

One in four will be our guest !

Book a table for 4 persons and the 4th person will be free of charge! *

Click on this link and bring this voucher with you !

Book your table now ! Tel: 282 320260

Offer valid till 29 February 2012

* 25% discount will be deducted from your total restaurant bill

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

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

Monday, 30 January 2012

Welcome Holinn

The Holiday Inn Algarve are pleased to introduce our new mascot teddy bear«Holinn».

Keep an eye on Holinn as he will be bringing news every now and then !!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Seminar Photo.....

Our thanks to Daniel Silva for sending this photo which he took on Friday, 27th January, when he attended a seminar in the Hotel.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Meetings and Conferences

We can provide:

Tea and coffee, with biscuits and fruit, on arrival
Meeting room hire
Mineral water (still and sparkling) for the duration of the meeting
Confectionery (wrapped jellies, or gums or mints)
Equipment (Projection screen, flipchart, Internet access, Electrical extension cords,
Power/telecom adapters, Telephone with speakerphone)
Stationery box, Place cards
Morning and afternoon Coffee-Breaks
Lunch (Buffet or set Menu in the restaurant)

To book your meeting, or for more information please contact us - 282 320260 - or e-mail

Valentines Dinner Dance

Saturday, 11th February/ Sábado 11 de Fevereiro 2012 – 19.00.hrs
“Restaurante “Por do Sol”

Carinhos da Horta - Love is in the Air …
Creme de Legumes com Suspiros de Natas - Whispers of Vegetable Soup

Para Continuar - Followed by …
Sabores e Encantos Tropicais – Enchanting Tropical Flavours
Saladas de Multicolor – Rainbow of Salads
Salada de Camarão – “Cupids” Shrimp Delight

Do Mar com Paixão – Passion from the Ocean ...
Supremos de Cherne com Molho de Mexilhão – Sea Bass Supremes embraced with Mussel Sauce
Tranches de Linguado enamorado com Frutos Secos – Fillets of Sole harmonised with Dried Fruit

Pecados de Romeu e Julieta - Romeo and Juliets Secrets...
Lombinhos de Porco com Molho de Alecrim – Pork Fllets with Rosemary Sauce
Peitinhos de Frango com Molho amoroso de Julieta – Breasts of Chicken with Cream Sauce

Com o Amor de Romeu – From Romeo with Love ...
Laçinhos à Bolonhesa Gratinados – Oven Baked Pasta Bows with Bolognaise Sauce,

No Espelho de Julieta – From Juliets’s Mirror …
Presunto com Pickles – Smoked Ham sweethearts with Pickles
Queijos Amorosos - Loving Cheese Board
Para Terminar em Beleza - Finish with Flourish …
Fofos Amorosos S.Valentim - St. Valentines Love Puffs
Bolos de Chocolate com carinhos Kiwi - Chocolate Cake with Kiwi Kisses

Vinho da Casa Tinto ou Branco, Água - Red and White Wine , Water

Dancing to Live Music

€:25.00 p.p. iva incl.

Don’t miss it book now!

Tel: 282 320260 E-mail
Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra, Silves, Algarve

February Quiz Night - 6th February, 2012

Holiday Inn Algarve - Armação de Pera

Monday, 6th February 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

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Story of the Almond Blossom

Late January, early February is one of the loveliest time to visit the Algarve when the Almond trees are smothered in blossom.

Heralding the arrival of spring, the almond trees come into blossom and cover the Algarve in a mantle of white.

A unique sight that spreads across the fertile hillsides of the Barrocal region, where the almond trees are covered with clouds of flowers, whose petals are then scattered over the fields and create the impression of a carpet of snow shining in the sunlight.

The legend of the almond- blossom, is a story that has remained forever in the collective imagination of the Algarve people as a way of explaining this flowery end to the winter season.

According to the legend, in the time when the Al-Gharb belonged to the Arabs, there reigned in Silves the young prince Ibn-Almundim, who fell in love with and married Gilda, the daughter of a great lord of the northern peoples, who had himself been defeated in battle by the Moorish king.

Their wedding was celebrated with a great feast, but the beautiful princess remained forever sad and did not share the prince’s happiness. Physicians were called in from all over the world, but none of them succeeded in finding a cure for that pain.

Until, one day, an old Nordic man told the king that Gilda was homesick for the white snow-covered fields of her homeland.

Ibn-Almundim therefore ordered the planting of thousands of almond-trees all over the province, so that, when they blossomed, they might cover the southern lands with white petals, deceiving the princess into forgetting her feeling of homesickness and bringing joy back into her life.

And his bidding was complied with, so that, ever since that far-off springtime, the Algarve has been filled with the magic of the almond-trees in blossom.

Source -

Friday, 20 January 2012

Royal British Legion - January, 2012 Lunch

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

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Algarve by Train

Discover the Algarve by train

The railway line between Tunes and Lagos offers a relaxing journey across lovely countryside that takes less than an hour. The high points on the journey are the Silves orange groves, the bridge over the river Arade, the entrance to Portimão, the views over the Alvor estuary and Meia Praia.

Water and sunshine
The journey starts at Tunes with a small surprise because the railcar sets of northwards as if it were heading back to Lisbon. Quickly though, we realise we are not going back the wrong way as the line starts to curve to the left and heads off westward almost parallel to the sea. Right from the beginning we catch sight of the scenery that will keep us company for the coming kilometres: orange groves and irrigation channels as far as the eye can see.

Algoz is the first station, and then a few minutes later we come to Silves. The red sandstone castle and town are just 2 km due north of the station but hidden by a succession of red earth hills. Silves still has an interesting old centre that is more or less contained within the medieval walls. The cathedral and church of the Misericórdia, on the top of the hill, the maze of streets and stairs that connect the right bank of the river Arade to the acropolis, the esplanades and the handicraft shops are just some of the reasons to visit the town. In Islamic times, it was one of the largest and most learned sites in the Iberian Peninsula although it lost its importance and entered into decline after the Portuguese conquered it (temporarily in 1189 and then definitively in 1242). The Islamic museum, built around a well from the same time, beside the wall brings back this important heritage.

After Silves, the line changes direction slightly and turns one again towards the south west and the coast. The route tends to follow the meanderings of the river Arade towards the sea, east of Portimão. It is worth while looking out the right side of the train at the town of Estômbar, with its whitewashed houses climbing the hillside and the double tower of the mother church.

Portimão is not much further and the line starts to approach the coast as it crosses the Arade marshes. To cross the actual river Arade we have a funny metal bridge made up of a succession of arches. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful parts of the journey with sunlight and water as far as you can see. As we pull in to the town we can look down on the new waterfront area with riverside amenities such as bars, restaurants and esplanades.

Vineyards, orchards and fig trees
From here on, the journey comes up with another surprise. Instead of staying close to the sea, the line makes a long curve northwards searching out more solid terrain that is not so liable to flooding (the river Alvor and the marshes are not far away). Passing some vineyards and traditional fruit trees (figs, carobs, etc.) we come to one of the prettiest and best renovated stations on the line: Mexilhoeira Grande, with a pointed metal porch standing on yellow columns.

The vineyards and fig trees are interspersed by orchards and some pine trees. And then, one again, we are back at the shoreline and a sudden glimpse of the river Alvor off to the left as the train goes over a metal bridge.

Lagos is not far away now. The line clings to the coast and the dunes until Meia Praia. This is another high point of the journey and a marvellous way to end the trip. A sharp bend gives us a great view over Lagos, from the mouth of the Ribeira de Bensafrim on one side to the Forte da Bandeira and the white towers of São Sebastião church half way up the hill on the other.

The train ends its journey in the new station a bit to the east of the old one which is an interesting construction from the 1920s covered in glazed tiles. The little Lagos Railway Museum is housed in the old engine sheds.

If you want to walk over to Lagos waterfront, all you have to do is cross the marina and the pedestrian bridge over the Bensafrim. Now you can set off and discover one of the best kept towns in the Algarve with the gold-leaf carvings and tiles in Santo António church, breathtaking views from the forte da Bandeira esplanades, the fifteen century walls and a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the pedestrian precincts that stretch from Largo de Camões to beside the hospital.

Source - Trains of Portugal

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

From Gaivota

Very many thanks to everyone who took part in the Swim For Shoes events on Christmas and New Year's Day this year.

The 1.280,50 Euros raised will be used by the Amigos das Crianças to purchase shoes throughout the year for young people living at the Gaivota home in Albufeira.

All the hard work, and the discomfort caused by immersion in freezing water in mid winter (!), are very much appreciated by everyone at the Gaivota.

With very best wishes to you all for 2012,

Yours sincerely,

Peta Birch - Amigos das Crianças

Monday, 16 January 2012

Why not enhance your stay?

Seaview Room - With our amazing location the views of the beach and ocean are stunning. Upgrade to a sea view room.

Half Board Option - Extensive evening buffet. Pre-book 7 meals per person and save 10%.

Sparkling Wine -Waiting in your room on arrival a bottle of quality chilled Spumante - 25 Euros

A Special Occasion? - Order a celebration cake with your own personalised message. All cakes are baked in our pastry kitchen - 15 Euros

Say it with flowers - hand tied bouquet - 30 Euros

Basket of seasonal fruit - in your room on arrival - 15 Euros

Late Check-out -Make the most of your final day and extend your check-out time to 6 pm - 30 Euros

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Nearby - Shooting Club - O Pinhal

The Shooting Club - O Pinhal is located in Vale de Pêra, Silves, just 10 minutes by car from the Holiday Inn Algarve.

With 5 disposal shooting ranges for you to enjoy and practice every mode of shooting. There is also a training school, a restaurant,and a bar.

Click here for more information

Friday, 13 January 2012

Join us for Carnival

2 nights accommodation sharing twin promenade view room and buffet breakfast

Carnival Dinner and Fancy Dress Party (Saturday 18th February 2012)

Just 74,00 Euros per person in a twin room

Seaview Supplement (2 nights) per person 24,00Euros
Executive Suite Supplement (2 nights) per person 22.00Euros
Extra night in twin, per person 23.00Euros

Children up to 12 years – 50% reduction when sharing room with parents

For more information or to make a reservation please call us on 282 320260 or email:

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Thank you for reviewing us on TripAdvisor

“A unique Hotel, the nearest you will get to a criuse with out being on the sea .”

Reviewed 10 January 2012 NEW

As soon as you arrive at the hotel you feel the warmth of the welcome. The ambience and colour scheme of the reception follows you as you walk through to the lounge bar. The Vista is breath taking you feel as if you are on a liner. The bedrooms which have recently been upgraded and are delightful, comfortable with well equiped bathrooms.

The dining room which looks out to sea ,across the heated pool is light and airy and a delightful place to dine.The friendly staff provide a five star service.

The hotel entrance is direct from the newly consructed pedestrian promenade

Room Tip: Spoil your self and book an executive room watch the sunrise and sun set in all its glory.

Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple

Click here for more from TripAdvisor

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

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Charity Quiz Night Winners

The winners, '6 of the best' share the spoils of their victory in the first of this seasons charity quiz nights.

They came out on top after a close fought competition and finally won by just 2 points after 60 questions.

The next quiz night is on Monday February 6th in the Raj Restaurant, Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra and will be raising funds for the 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.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Querença Sausage Festival - 22nd January

The 2012 Querença Chorizo Festival will take place on Sunday, 24th January.

It is a festival in honour of St. Luis (the protector of animals).

Traditionally the families in inland Algarve raised a pig to sustain themselves through the year and asked St. Luis to keep it in good health. To thank the saint they offer their best homemade chorizo.

The festival includes a procession, musical entertainment and, of course, lots of homemade chorizo!

This event will include a procession, tastings of grilled sausages and lots of music.

More information: T. 289 422 337

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Monday, 9 January 2012

Oxford Fiddle Group Event


In Support of


Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra

Wednesday, 15th February, 2012 at 7.30pm

The OXFORD Fiddle Group will be entertaining us, there is a Buffet meal and wine all for €20.00 per person - €5.00 of which will be donated to Help for Heroes.

To book or for information contact

Carole: 966571639 / 282312079 email: or
Lin: 913199138 / 282332168 email:

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Coming up - Lagoa 12th Al-Mutamid Music Festival

Friday, 27th January, 2012 - 9.30pm

The group Sunqur Sa’di Ensemble will be giving a performance of traditional music and dance from Egypt.

“Tanoura Dance”: its origins are closely connected with the sufi dance Mawlawi, which, through its whirling, is linked to heaven and to spirituality. Interminable rotations, with the multicoloured costumes of the dancers, create the illusion of a human kaleidoscope. This dance can be seen mainly during the “Mooled”, festivities that take place in the city of Islamic Cairo, and recently at cultural events all over the world. “Saidi Dance” originated in Upper Egypt and represents the fight between men using their tahtib (sticks). It is a very energetic dance which follows the rhythms of the tabla and the mizmar with its jumps. “Nubian Dance”: Nubia, in southern Egypt and part of Sudan, is a very distinctive region and its dance and music are very infectious, with lively rhythms and their delicate, fluid movements.
Lagoa Municipal Auditorium, 9.30pm
T. 282 380 434 282 380 473 (information and bookings)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Enjoy a romantic weekend

Celebrate Valentines at the Holiday Inn Algarve

10th-12th February 2012

2 nights accommodation sharing twin promenade view room and buffet breakfast

Saturday Night Romantic Dinner dance (11th February 2012)

74,00Euros per person in a twin room

Seaview Supplement (2 nights) per person 24.00Euros
Executive Suite Supplement (2 nights) per person 22.00Euros
Extra night in twin, per person 23.00Euros
Children up to 12 years – 50% reduction when sharing room with parents

For more information or to make a reservation please call us on 282 320260 or email:

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Swim for Shoes - New Year's Day


Southend to Faro

Daily flights from Southend to Faro will start 5th April.

With expansion at London's largest airports out of bounds but demand for flights increasing, regional airports are clamouring to market themselves as alternatives. Southend is the latest, last month announcing a ten-year deal with EasyJet to offer cheap flights to Europe.

The runway is being extended to accommodate holiday jets and, from April next year, they will be flying to destinations such as Ibiza, Barcelona and Faro.

However, EasyJet says it is moving some routes from Stansted to Southend, claiming that it will fly 800,000 passengers through the new terminal next year. It’s unclear as yet of there will be less flights from Stansted to Faro. With Stansted’s location right next to the M11, that would be a sad move for many passengers heading North.

There will be a daily flight to Faro, with some very competitive rates. The flight leaves Southend in the afternoon, and leaves Faro in the morning. With Easy Jets new FLEXI fare you get hold luggage included in the price as well as Speedy Boarding, unlimited date changes and no 'extra payment fees'.


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Coming up "Singing of Janeiras" - Silves

Silves Council have once again organised "Singing of Janeiras".

Taking place at 9.00pm on Thursday, 5th January.

This Portuguese tradition is to celebrate the visit of the Wise Men to Baby Jesus.

Several different choral groups will sing traditional music in the main square of Silves.

For more information - please telephone: 282 440800

Monday, 2 January 2012

New Years Day Swim for Shoes

Congratulations and thanks to all those brave swimmers who participated in the Annual Swim for Shoes on New Years Day on Armação de Pêra beach in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve, either by paddling or getting totally immersed in the sea!

We are delighted to say that the total of donations raised to date from the swims on Christmas Day and New Years Day, the Christmas Eve Sandcastle Competition and the Boxing Day Treasure Hunt is €1278 which will all be used to buy new shoes for children in care.

We would also like to thank Hans and Claire and the Waterdog team, as well as Martin and Lynn for their superb help with this event and to all the newspapers, news agencies, radio stations and other media for their support in promoting this event

Holiday Inn Algarve QR Code

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First created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994, to track vehicles during the manufacturing process.

The QR code was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed and it has become popular outside of the car industry due to its fast readability and storage capacity.

The information encoded can be made up of four standardized kinds of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary and logographic Chinese characters used in modern Japanese), or by supported extensions.

Although initially used to track parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR codes are now used over a much wider range of applications, including commercial tracking, entertainment and transport ticketing, product marketing and in-store product labelling.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Special January Rate

Relax and unwind for a few days

Twin or Double landview room from only €23 per person per night inclusive of full buffet breakfast and afternoon tea and biscuits

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