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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Youtube - Armação de Pêra

Another excellent mini film of Armação de Pêra:



To view please click here                         Filmed by Carlos Pais

Next Week - 30th Universal Trench World Championship

From the 6th to the 9th September the Shooting Club «O Pinhal», in Vales de Pêra, is hosting the 30th Universal Trench World Championship.
 

Monday, 27 August 2012

Body Control Pilates re-starting on 4th September

Body Control Pilates - every Tuesday and Friday at the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra
re-starting on Tuesday 4th September

Intermediate Class1 - from 9.00am to 10.00am
Intermediate Class2 - from 10.10am to 11.10am

Beginner Class   -       from 11.20am to 12.20pm
 

 
Pilates is a philosophy of movement that incorporates breath, precision, focus, intention and control to develop core strength and flowing movement.




Body Control Pilates – a melhor forma de praticar Pilates
Semanal - Terça-feira e Sexta-feira no Holiday Inn Algarve em Armação de Pêra
Inicio na Terça-feira dia 4 de Setembro 2012

Aula 1 - Avançados - das 9.00hrs às 10.00hrs
Aula 2 - Avançados - das 9.00hrs às 11.10hrs
Aula Iniciados - das 11.20hrs ás 12.20hrs
 
Pilates é uma filosofia de movimento que integra corpo e mente, na busca de uma maior força e harmonia corporal


Duplicate Bridge at the Holiday Inn Algarve

 
Duplicate Bridge in the Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra will commence on Saturday, 1st September, 2012.

Starting time is 1,45.pm. Everyone welcome.  Weekly.

For more information please contact Finola Gibson - 282 312 873 (answer machine) or by e-mail: finolagibson@gmail.com

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Thank you for your reviews - “A great holiday for all the family”

Reviewed on TripAdvisor
 
August 20, 2012 NEW

Our Family of 2 adults & 2 children (14 & 11 years old) have just returned from 10 nights at the Holiday Inn Algarve.

This is a great hotel, with great staff who we found courteous, competent, with a welcoming smile & always ready to assist.

The hotel facilities are great. Our rooms were really nice & complete with security safe, fridge, tv including BBC1, air conditioning etc & were well maintained daily, cleaned with fresh towels etc. Even though our rooms faced the promenade, pedestrian noise was not an issue & our nightly sleep was never disturbed.

The pool & pool area are great with loungers & sun umbrellas & all this is complimented with a private access to the beach from the hotel to enjoy the sea (a bit chilly for us) & sand. Its really the best of both worlds.

Make sure to join the hotel BBQ on Saturday & reserve a seat on the terrace.

The hotel location is great & central to all amenities.

As we experienced a very relaxing & fun family holiday, I have no hesitation to recommend the Holiday Inn Algarve. Thank you Holliday Inn Algarve & see you again !

PS Make sure to take the 'fishing boat safari' with Captain Lelinho (tele 917444814) to view the coast & visit the caves & remote beaches a stones throw from the hotel. This 'safari' for $15 pp / 1,5 hours can be ordered directly from the beach, where the pedalos & jet skis are hired. It's a small boat that can manoeuvre into the caves to give a real 360 degree experience. You will not be disappointed.


Stayed August 2012, traveled with family

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

TripAdvisor - “Good all-round hotel in fantastic location . . .”

4 of 5 starsReviewed 11 August 2012
Well, this hotel is perfectly located right on the sea front at the western end of Armacao de Pera.
I stay in many hotels due to the nature of my career (past 16 years) and used some of my IHG reward points to assist. I travelled with a group of freinds aged 41 - 50. The staff were very friendly and helpful; we were upgraded to a sea view without prompting (although my Platinum status may have assisted here). This was our first time here.

Situated on the 3rd floor our rooms were clean and newly decorated. The rooms had 32" Samsung flat screen TV's and quiet Mitsubishi air-con units. The beds were superb with firm mattresses and crisp clean bedding.

The bathrooms were small but clean and had everyting that you needed, there was no issue with the water supply or it's temperature. The bath towels were not bath sheets and worked ok for me. The balcony was small with a couple of chairs and a table, well separated from the adjoining room and secure due to the construction and location. Despite the lack of a locking mechanism on the balcony door I was not worried about secuirity whatsoever and the railings were sufficient. The room had a 4 pin safe which was perfect for securing cash, cards and passort etc.

There was one lift in the hotel; fast enough and worked perfectly last week.

Breakfast was €11 and for me represented great value offering; fresh fruit, cereals, a host of breads, three types of egg, bacon, sauasages, cold meats, tomatoes (the baked ones were fantastic), jams, yoghurts, teas, coffees, juices ............ as much as you needed.

The pool was on the small side and perfectly sufficient ulness you are an Olympic freestyler - the children and the families I saw had a great time in and around the pool - all guests respected one another and indeed made freindships! We never had a problem with sun loungers although there were a couple of flights of steps down to the pool area from the hotel. There was an even mix of ages beyond 30 yrs last week, largely comprising couples and families.

Armacao itself is populated by visiting nationals who own apatments behind the promenade. The prom was busy in the evenings as the locals strolled the sea front prom. If you like ice cream then there are dozens of places - it's a popular thing here.

The only people spending in the main (in restaurants and bars were non-national), the recession has hit somewhat. We stumbled across the 'Kippis' bar - a Portugese run bar where the service and feel was great - we went most nights.

The restaurants were limited in style, the food was good however, all fresh and well priced especially away from the front on the streets behind.

I would visit again.

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Friday, 10 August 2012

Summer Lunch on the Terrace

A la Carte Menu

Summer Lunch on the Terrace
Every day - 13.00hrs – 15.00hrs
 Menu
Starters
Soup of the day…………………………………………………………….€5.00
Couverts ………………………………………………………………………..€4.00
Algarve olives , cheese , sardine pate
Melon with “Presunto” ………………………………………………..€6.50
Prawn Cocktail …………………………………………………………...€8.50
Prawns fried in olive oil and garlic…..………………………..….€10.00
Boiled prawns …………………………………,.…………………………€10.00
Main Course - Fish
Fish “Cataplana” with prawns ( 2 Pax)..………………….€25.00
Pan Fried Clams…(250grm………………………………………….€12.50
olive oil, with garlic, coriander and white wine
Grilled Rosefish……………………………………………………………€12.00
with Algarve salad and boiled potatoes
Fresh Sardines on the Grill……………………………………….€12.00
with Algarve salad and boiled potatoes
Main Course - Meat
Pork “Cataplana” with clams…( 2 Pax).……………………€25.00
Grilled fillet steak with 5 peppers …………………………….€12.00
Dessert
Seasonal Fruit …………………………………………………………….€5.00
Cake of the Day…………………………………………………………€5.00

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Sardine Festival in Portimão - finishes Saturday - don't miss it...

TripAdvisor - “One of the best” - Raj Indian Restaurant

“One of the best”
Reviewed August 7, 2012 NEW

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Algarve (previously Hotel Garbe) for 7 days from 13/07/2012. In addition to the hotel’s restaurant there is an in house Indian restaurant, The Raj at the Garbe.

We have had many Indian meals and must say that this was probably one of the best ever. The staff were friendly and attentive. The portions were very large and the taste and flavours absolutely delicious.

It was so good in fact that we had to go back again a few days later to make sure we had not imagined how good it was. We need not have worried. It was just as good if not better. If you enjoy an Indian meal at home but not sure about trying one overseas have no fear.

Visit The Raj. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2012

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Amazing Winter Offer

Play Golf in the Algarve sunshine

Stay at
Holiday Inn Algarve

€410 / £320 per golfer

December 2012 or January 2013

Book before 31st August 2012 and save €10 per person

7 nights accommodation sharing a twin room with sea view
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Full buffet breakfast
*
5 rounds of golf

Play 2 rounds at the new Palmares - Alvor, Praia or Lagos
Each link offers a different and truly memorable golfing experience

plus

1 x Morgado - 1 x Alamos - 1 x Salgados
(with buggy shared between 2 golfers)

Extra golf, car hire or transfers can be arranged at discounted rates
Non Golfers always very welcome - just ask for our special rates
Offer subject to availability

Contact Helen or Jane at golfdesk@hialgarve.com  
Tel: + 351 282 320 260

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Book Signing - Thursday, 4th October, 2012

If you haven’t yet read ‘Portugal and the Algarve NOW & THEN’ then take advantage of this opportunity.
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Jenny Grainer – well known local author – will be at the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armação de Pêra on Thursday 4th October from 4.30pm with copies of her intriguing book for sale which she will be happy to sign for you.
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If you think the book is about travel then think again!
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Jenny has lived in the Algarve since 1968 when Portugal was still under a dictatorship and the book is just full of stories about her life amongst its people both in times past and present in the ever changing Algarve.
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Live through the revolution with her hear of the now lost customs of its people, of their poverty. Her book will surprise, shock and charm you but you will know and understand so much more about this fascinating corner of Europe when you’ve finished it.

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For more information - 282 320260 - info@hialgarve.com

Monday, 6 August 2012

Procession in Honour of “Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes”

The annual procession in honour of “Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes” (Our Lady of the Navigators) will take place this year on Sunday,12th August in Armação de Pêra. Starting at 6.00pm the procession will pass through the village and by boat on the Armação de Pêra coast.


This week in Armação de Pêra

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Armação de Pêra on Youtube....

Click here for Armação de Pêra by bike

Promenade of Armação de Pêra by bike from start to finish. Enjoy and share.

Filimed by Pedro Pinto.


More from TripAdvisor.....

“Holiday Inn Armacao de Pera Portugal”

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for the second week of July, hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Our room was on the first floor with a stunning sea view (well worth paying extra for) it was well equipped with fridge, safe, tv, hairdryer and tea/coffee. Rooms were kept tidy and clean. Breakfast has plenty of choice. Clipper restaurant along the strip is excellent for fish dishes. Will definitely be returning to this hotel.