Friday, 31 May 2013

Raj Indian Restaurant - June Offer

Enjoy a complimentary dessert when you next dine in our restaurant. “Gajrela” or as sometimes called “Gajar Ka Halwa” is a traditional Asian dessert, originating from the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan.  It is made with carrot, milk and dried fruit and nuts. 

Book your table now !
Tel:  282 320260 – e-mail:

Offer valid till 30 June 2013

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

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Superbike World Championship

Algarve Autodrome, Portimão
7th - 9th June, 2013

A weekend not to be missed! For more information , please contact or 282405618.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

TripAdvisor - "We love it!”

 Reviewed 7 May 2013 NEW
Previously known as The Garbe, Holiday Inn have taken over this hotel. They have invested in it by upgrading the rooms and public areas but have very sensibly kept the same wonderful, delightful staff.

The main advantage of this hotel is it's fantastic position right on the beach (not near it, or by it but ON it). The views are fantastic and out of season, it is quiet and tranquil. Do make sure you book a sea view room though as the street view doesn't have the same appeal.

The breakfast buffet is terrific and I always end up eating more than I should. The evening meal is a little disappointing and we never bothered eating in the hotel at night, preferring to discover the delightful little fish restaurants that abound in Armacao. They are not posh but the food is always very fresh and well cooked.  Outstanding amongst all the restaurants we tried was Porters just off the main promenade. It is run by James (a Brit) and his Portuguese staff. It is without doubt my most favourite restaurant anywhere! The steak on a stone and variety of mixed hanging kebabs (my favourite is chicken with King Prawns) are just superb. This was our 5th visit and we hope to return after the heat and bustle of the summer is over. We noticed that Saga has moved in this time and there were quite a lot of 'snowgeese' , not a place for clubbers or party animals- fine for us with our holiday novels, glass of vinho verde and sun cream though. Already yearning for a slow amble along the gorgeous white sandy beach, looking at the sun glinting on the blue ocean, heading for a jug of sangria at Pedro's Bar!!!
  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple

Friday, 10 May 2013

Calendar of Events

What`s On in the Hotel
Thursday, 30th May - Silves Rotary Dinner
Wednesday, 15th June - Royal British Legion Barbeque Lunch
25th - 27th October - Writing Workshop
23rd-27th December - Christmas Programme
30th December - 1st January - New Year's Programme

Events Nearby

25th May - 25th October - Fiesa - the International Sand Sculptures Festival
1st June - Algarve International Fair - Lagoa
June - Traditional Dancing through the streets of Armação de Pêra
8th - 16th June - Caldeirada and Petiscos (Typical Fish Dishes) Festival - Armação de Pêra
2nd - 8th  August - Medieval Fair - Silves
August - Procession in Honour of Our Lady of the Fisherman
16th - 25th August -
Fatacil – Lagoa
September - Procession in Honour of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos

New Year's Programme 2013-2014

Celebrate with us

Monday 30 December 2013
Enjoy a glass of "Festive Fizz" on arrival
Afternoon tea and cakes in our Bar Boa Vista
 Wild West Fancy Dress – Dinner and music for dancing
Dance the night away the Bar Boavista

Tuesday 31 December 2013
Bucks Fizz Feast ! A Breakfast Finale for 2013
Melting moments tea and cakes in the afternoon
New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner and Dance
Midnight Madness to welcome in 2014
After Midnight – Early Morning Munchies

Wednesday 1 January 2014
Buffet Breakfast with Bloody Marys
"Charity Challenge" – Jump the waves for a splashing start followed by Hot Chocolate in the Bar
Special New Years Day Hangover Brunch with Rui Sax on the Saxaphone

Our programme includes 2 nights accommodation sharing a twin bedded room

Price – 239 Euros  - per person sharing a twin bedded room with promenade view

Single Supplement 14 Euros per night
Seaview Supplement 14 Euros per person, per night

Stay longer???  Arrive early, or stay an extra night for only  31 Euros per person  per night sharing twin promenade view room  to include breakfast.

For more information, or to book – 00351 282 320260 or

Thursday, 9 May 2013

At the beginning......

We have been pleased to follow the blog of  local Journalist and Author Len Port who is researching and blogging the history of  nearby Porches.  We were delighted that Len writes about our Hotel in in chapter 8:- 

"Armação de Pêra was a small, nondescript village with narrow streets and a few cafés. Remarkably, besides the ruins of an old fort, the beachfront road boasted a casino where men could gamble while their womenfolk crocheted and kept an eye on the youngsters dancing....."  

To read more please see:  Porches - Algarve  - A PORTRAIT OF A PARISH, PAST AND PRESENT - by Len Port

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

May, 2013 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available
please click here

Special rates for June and July - book now

June - 48 Euros July - 68 Euros Rates are per person, per night, sharing twin promenade view rooms and include buffet breakfast and all local taxes. Limited rooms available at these rates, book now to avoid disappointment -

TripAdvisor - The best Indian food outside of India”

 Reviewed 1 May 2013

Well worth a visit .food ,sevice and ambiance just fantastic we have been to this restaurant many times over the years and have never ever been disappointed. cant wait till the next time.
Visited February 2013

Monday, 6 May 2013

Cycling Tours - A great way to see the country side

Contributed -

Alcantarilha - Silves

The ideal way to see the hidden beauty of the Algarve is by bike and this is one of our popular tours. Starting close to the centre of Alcantarilha, we are soon onto quiet dirt tracks cycling past vineyards and the newly developed Amendoeira golf course. After crossing the railway line we head up and over some hills and down towards the Rio Arade amidst scenic countryside. The area north of the river is traditional algarve countryside at its unspoilt best.

We follow the narrow pathway along an irrigation channel for several kms. Tricky at times, this is not a ride for novices, but is a fabulous way to cut across country before joining the main road into Silves, where a café stop along the riverside awaits. Serious riders may wish to tackle the hill up to the castle, but this is optional.

Fully refreshed, we cross the old bridge and head along the river bank, emerging from the valley for a panoramic view of the town and castle. Continuing along quiet roads, we turn into an ancient dirt track that skirts one of the few rice fields in the Algarve, also home to all kinds of wildlife, including storks. Finally we pass through the sleepy village of Fontes da Matosa before arriving back.

This tour is appropriate for reasonably fit and competent riders, capable of riding c. 40 km, with a few gentle hills - nothing too strenuous.

The tour will last around 3 to 4 hours .

We run regular tours every Thursday from 9.30am.

Price of €45 pp includes: Transfers from accommodation in Central Algarve region, 3 hour guided cycling tour, insurance, bike & helmet hire. You just need to bring water, appropriate clothing and sun screen on hot days!

For group bookings, bespoke tours and special requests, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll do what we can to help.
For more information:-
call +351 913 226 954,
or email

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Looking for a lunchtime restaurant ????

Daily Buffet Lunch in our Por do Sol Restaurant

We serve a three course buffet lunch every day, in our Por do Sol Restaurant - just 14 Euros per person.
Book your table now - 282 320260 or e-mail -

Friday, 3 May 2013

The 21st edition of Algarve Classic Cars is taking place on the 12th, 13th,  and 14th July, 2012

This classic car rally started in 1992 as a local meeting but soon afterwards was recognised as a major event and is today a milestone on the classic car scene, increasing its number of entrants on every new edition.
They will circuit Armação de Pêra on Saturday, 13th July at about 16.15pm.