Friday, 30 March 2012

14th International Youth Football Championship - Armaçâo de Pêra

The 14th Edition of the International Youth Football Tournament of Armação de Pêra, took place on the 10th & 11th of March 2012, at Gaivota Football Ground in Armação de Pêra.

The Holiday Inn Algarve were proud to be a sponsor of the event,
supporting sports practice by the children as a part of their healthy growth and promoting the local sports club Os Armacenenses who organises this tournament every year.

A total of 10 teams Portuguese and Spanish, with 140 athletes and 44 technicians played a total of 27 football games in just two days. The Spanish team Peloteros Sierra Sur from Seville won the tournament after defeating the Athletic Villanueva from Córdoba in the finals.

The tournament began with an inaugural parade in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve, which was attended by all the teams, who walked throughout the avenue to the village football ground, where the opening ceremony of the tournament took place.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Menu for Jazz Night on 30th March

Jazz Night - Raj Indian Restaurant

Onion Bahji
Onions deep fried in a delicious batter of gram flour and spices
Chicken Tikka
Sliced breast of chicken marinated and cooked in our own tandoori sauce
Lamb Special Masala
Cooked with yoghurt, ground almonds and cream

Chicken Bhuna
Boneless chicken cooked with onions and tomatoes and Punjabi Masala Sauce

Mixed Vegetable Curry

Pilau Rice
Nan Bread

(Indian Mango Ice-cream)


Thursday, 22 March 2012

April Quiz Night - Monday, 2nd April, 2012

Holiday Inn Algarve - Armação de Pera

Monday, 2nd April, 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

Friday, 16 March 2012

Write Now! Creative Writing in Portugal - Contributed

Workshop Venue - Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra

Date: Saturday, 27 October - Monday, 29 October 2012

Time: 10.30AM - 5.00PM (Sunday - Monday only)

Length of course: 2.5 days

Cost: €230 (double room, 2 sharing). €255 (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 at least a week prior to your arrival. The seaview supplement is 20 Euros per night per room.

You may request a shared room, however if there is no one to share with you, you will have to pay the single room rate. You will need to pay the difference between the shared room rate and the single room rate directly to the Holiday Inn on your arrival.

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 (approx €40 each way for up to 4 people). Taxi: approx €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 Saturday. Our first dinner together will be at 7.30PM. There won't be any tuition on Saturday night, just the chance to get to know each other a little before the course kicks off on Sunday 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 Sunday, 28 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'd like to see the venue and get a feel for the course,
click here to see a video of last year's October workshop.

By post or bank transfer: Download a postal booking form to complete and be returned with your cheque. Payment in full is due by 14 September. Please contact us if you would prefer to pay in pounds. Online: You can use your credit or debit card to pay below. Course fee: €230 per person (shared accommodation, 2 sharing), €255 (single room), €185 (non-residential). To view Terms & Conditions,
click here.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

“Seldom in the habit of returning to the same place, however....”

Trip Advisor - Reviewed March 2012

It's a big world out there and I for one am keen to see as much of it as I can and am seldom in the habit of returning to the same palce twice. However, Hotel Garbe/Holiday Inn Algarve is so beautifully and uniquely situated that it demands a second look. In fact, we've visited it 3 out of the 4 last years. Usually in Sept, just outside peak season which provides us with a pre-winter tonic, the ability to still enjoy the sun + sea and move about the town with relative ease in the evenings.

Location, location, location is the oft heard mantra regarding property, however it is just as apt for this hotel. Situated right on a beautiful sandy beach with direct access, it is an idylic location. I'd recommend a sea view room to take full advantage of this glorious location every time.

A perfect dilema awaits you, should you head for the pool or the sea, why not have the best of both worlds and sit by the pool with cocktails and then take a short stroll to the beach, cool off in the sea and then return poolside with a shower en route... just perfect! Parasols and loungers are available on the beach but be prepared to pay for the privilege.

We have only ever opted for Bed & Breakfast. So are unable to comment on lunch or dinner. The rationale behind this is twofold. Breakfast choice is superb and comprehensive catering for every taste. You can really eat your fill al fresco, overlooking the sea and it usually sets us up until we wander down to one of the beach cafes on the sand and grab a snack mid-day onwards. Whilst dinner may then be had at one of several superb value for money restaurants just a short stroll away. Fish dishes are not only superb, but value-for-money with sardines a speciality if you like. There's a curry restaurant attached to the hotel, if that's you prefer - I can't vouch for it personally.

The town beyond the seafront isn't that appealing with it's numerous androgenous high rise blocks, but stick to the old town and waterfront and it's easy on the eye.

Last time 2011 we stayed in a ground floor sea-facing apartment and we could come and go as we pleased in beachwear. We weren't too sure about security, sleeping with the window ajar, but the sound of the waves lapping the shoreline was too good to resist and we never experienced a problem.

One night we were treated to a pretty impressive array of thunder and lightning whilst sat sipping our own G&T's, the door ajar enjoying the son et lumiere!Fabulous memories, that as yet haven't become jaded.

Tip:- Arrange your own taxi directly via the internet just before you go and you won't have to suffer the torment of a shuttle bus and by doing it online direct, it isn't that expensive.

Room Tip: Sea facing everytime. Some rooms go straight onto the pool terraces if that's of interest to yo...

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Congratulations "but syriasly"

Lynn & Martin´s March quiz night saw 32 people from 7 teams who all battled hard through the 5 rounds with the “but syriasly” team finally coming out on top by just 2points. Only 1/2 a point seperated the teams in 2nd and 3rd places.

The charity raffle at the end of the night again raised funds for the Algoz School for Children with Autism.

The final quiz of the Spring season will be held at the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armaçao de Pera starting at 8pm on Monday 2nd April.

€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 March 2012

What's On Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra

Monday, 5th March – Charity Quiz Night
Wednesday, 21st March - Royal British Legion St. Patricks Lunch
Wednesday, 28th March, 2012 - Social Media Workshop
Thursday, 29th March, 2012 - Annual Ladies Lunch
Friday, 30th March, 2012 - Jazz Night with Rui Sax
Monday, 2nd April – Charity Quiz Night
Sunday, 8th April - Easter Day Lunch
Saturday, 14th - Wednesday, 18th April -
'Inspired by Light'Exhibition of original Art and Photography
Sunday, 6th May - Mother's Day Lunch
Wednesday, 16th May - Royal British Legion St. Andrew Lunch
June - Caldeirada (Typical Fish Dish) Festival
Wednesday, 20th June - Royal British Legion Summer Lunch
Wednesday, 18th July - Royal British Legion Monthly Lunch
Wednesday, 15th August - Royal British Legion Monthly Lunch
Wednesday, 19th September - Royal British Legion Battle of Britain Lunch
Wednesday, 17th October - Royal British Legion Battle of Trafalgar Lunch
Saturday, 3rd November - Royal British Legion Poppy Ball
Wednesday, 21st November - Royal British Legion Monthly Lunch
Wednesday, 12th December - Royal British Legion Christmas Lunch
Tuesday, 25th December - Swim for Shoes - Dip in the Sea for Charity
Tuesday, 25th December - Christmas Day Gala Dinner
Wednesday, 26th December - Boxing Day Treasure Hunt
Monday, 31st December - New Years Eve Gala Dinner and Dance
Tuesday, 1st January - Swim for Shoes - Dip in the Sea for Charity

Events Nearby
29th March 1st April – 2012 Vodafone Rally
Sunday, 8th April Easter Sunday Festa das Tochas Floridas (Flower Torches Festival).
21st-22nd April - Compak Sporting - Grand Prix of Portugal, Pinhal, Pêra
4th-6th May - FIA GT World Championship - International Autodrome of the Algarve
26th-27th May - Universal Trench - Grand Prix of Portugal – Pinhal, Pêra
May - October -
Fiesa - the International Sand Sculptures Festival
June – Festival Med - Loule
June - Algarve International Fair - Lagoa
June - Traditional Dancing through the streets of Armação de Pêra
June - Caldeirada (Typical Fish Dish) Festival - Armação de Pêra
28th July - 5th August - Medieval Fair - Silves
Sunday, 12th August - Procession in Honour of Our Lady of the Fisherman
August - Fatacil – Lagoa
6th - 9th September - Fitasc Universal Trench World Championship - O Pinhal, Pêra
Sunday, 16th September - Procession in Honour of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos
5th, 6th and 7th October –
Sagres Birdwatching Festival
October - World Superbike Championship - International Autodrome of the Algarve
October - Algarve Historic Festival - International Autodrome of the Algarve
November - Le Mans Series 2012 - International Autodrome of the Algarve

Friday, 2 March 2012

Social Media Workshop - Facebook & Twitter - Wednesday, 28th March, 2012


This workshop is for business and personal use alike

If you are unsure how these two powerful mediums work this short course is for you!

learn about privacy settings
the three different types of accounts
keeping your personal life seperate from your business

setting up an account
the meaning of # and @
what is a 'tweet' and the magic '140'
find out about all this and more.
Arrive at 10am for registration course begins at 10.30

workshop €39.00
workshop & lunch €62.00

group booking (4 persons) €119.90
workshop & lunch (4 persons) €204.90

for booking or more information contact us
+ 351 969224111

Raj Indian Restaurant - March 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 31st March, 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