Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Quiz - Win a weekend for two!!!

1. Who is Santa Claus named after?
2. Boxing Day is also the Holy day for which Saint?
3. "Something stupid" was a Chrismas hit in 2001. Who sang it originally?    
4. Who introduced Christmas trees to England?

5. Which actor played The Grinch in 2001?
6. How many drummers were drumming in the "Twelve Days of Christmas"?
7. On what date is Epiphany?
8. What are the names of the three Kings?
9. How many times is the word Christmas mentioned in the song "Jingle Bells"?
10. Who was crowned King of England on Christmas day 1066?  
Send your answers by e-mail to before 3.00pm on 26th December, 2013

 All correct entries will be placed in a draw. The first one drawn will win a weekend for two in the Holiday Inn Algarve.
Answers will be posted in early January.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

What's On - Holiday Inn Algarve - Armação de Pêra

Events in the Hotel
Thursday, 23rd January - A tribute to Elvis
Monday, 3rd Febuary - Mexican Train with the Rotary
Tuesday, 4th February - Mini Fashion Show
13th February - Clean Mind,Clean Body
Friday, 14th February - Valentines Day Dinner
Wednesday, 19th February - Royal British Legion Valentines Lunch
Saturday, 22nd February - Jazz Night - Raj Indian Restaurant
Saturday, 2nd March - Carnival Night - Bar Boa Vista
Wednesday, 19th March - St. Partick's Day Lunch
Wednesday, 16th April - Royal British Legion Easter Lunch
Friday, 23rd May -
24th - 26th October, 2014 - Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday, 6th December - Father Christmas Parade
Thursday, 25th December - Dip in the sea for charity
Thursday, 25th December - Christmas Day Dinner
Wednesday, 31st December - New Years Eve Gala Dinner
Thursday, 1st January - Dip in the sea for charity
Events Nearby
2nd and 4th March - Armação de Pêra Carnival
March - 2014 Algarve Cup
April - Cultural Market - Lagoa
Easter Sunday -  Festa das Tochas Floridas (Flower Torches Festival) - São Brás
25th May - 25th October - Fiesa, 2014 - International Sand Sculptures Festival - Pêra
5th - 7th June - "Jazz at the Fontes" Fontes de Estômbar, Lagoa
June - Caldeirada (Typical Fish Dish) Festival - Armação de Pêra
Sunday 29 June to Saturday 5 July -  Dance World Cup 2014 - Lagoa
4th-6th July - World Superbike Championship - Portimão
1st - 10th August - Medieval Fair - Silves
7th - 9th August - Sons de Atlantic - Senhora da Rocha
August - Procession in Honour of Our Lady of the Fisherman - Armação de Pêra
15th - 24th August - Fatacil, 2014 – Lagoa
September - Procession in Honour of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos - Armação de Pêra

Creative Writing Workshop - now in its fourth year....

Workshop Venue - Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra

Date: Friday, 24th October - Sunday, 26th October 2014

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 work...shops
• 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.

LOCATION Workshop Venue - Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra, Holiday Inn Algarve is situated in southern Portugal in a prime beachfront location with stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Date: Friday 24th October - Sunday, 26 October 2012

Length of course: 2.5 days

For more information -

New Years Day Hangover Brunch

 With Rui Sax on the Saxophone


11.00 hrs – 15.00 hrs    
With Rui Sax on the Saxofone

Variedade de sumos de fruta
A selection of fruit juices...

Variedade de cereais
Choice of cereals
Iogurtes e fruta fresca
Yoghurts and seasonal fresh fruits
Pão branco, pão integral, croissants e torradas
White, wholemeal bread and rolls, brioches, croissants and toast
Compotas, marmelada e mel
Jams, marmalades and honey
Carnes frias, patés e queijos
A selection of cold meats, pate and cheese
Ovos, bacon, e salsichas
Eggs, grilled bacon and sausages
Tomate assado, feijão vermelho e cogumelos no forno
Grilled tomatoes, baked beans and sautéed mushrooms
Canja de galinha
Portuguese chicken broth with noodles
Medalhões de espadarte grelhado com manteiga de limão
Grilled swordfish medallions with lemon butter
Bife de vitela com molho de cogumelos
Veal steak with a mushroom sauce
Emincé de frango com frutas
Sliced chicken breast served with banana, kiwi, peach and pineapple
Variedade de sobremesas
A choice of Portuguese cakes and pastries
Café, chá, leite e chocolate
Coffee, tea, milk or chocolate

€ 20.00 – Iva Incl. Taxa 23%



Poem - The Father Christmas Walk

We were delighted to receive this poem from Helen Amaral, who was one of the participants in the Father Christmas walk last Saturday:
The Father Christmas Walk

On a bright and sunny December day
A walk takes place the Algarve way.

In Armação our seaside town
the people gather from all around.
Dressed as Santa, one and all
different sizes, short and tall.

All nations joining to give some aid
to those less fortunately paid.

Little ones all nice and cute
Dancing along to drum and flute.

Let’s make some noise, let’s sing and shout
Happy Christmas we’re about.

Follow the trail along the streets
as Santa’s helpers give out sweets.

Pass by the market all busy with fare
from local farms they sell there wares.

We stop sometimes along the way
just for a rest or simply to say.

Hello dear friends, come join us today
Feel alive and be happy we say.

Along the promenade we walk,
a chance to view, a chance to talk.

With friends we haven’t seen a while
enjoying the views of the ocean mile.

How lucky we are in this pleasant land
together we stand here hand in hand.

With Fresh air and sunlight all around
Peace and happiness truly found.

Monday, 9 December 2013

2nd Father Christmas Walk

Last Saturday, 7th December, 2013 more than one hundred Father Christmases took part in the second Armação de Pêra Father Christmas walk.

Sunshine and blue skies were the backdrop for the bright red Father Christmas suits.

The walk in aid of the Food Bank Portugal which passed through the streets of Armação de Pêra - was led by Angelo of local gym - Fit-Gym, who also ensured that the group did warm-up excersises before starting.

Music from the Percutunas commenced the event. Cristina Bentes from the Food Bank Algarve, was delighted to collect a substantial amount of donations from the Hotel on Saturday.

Thank you everyone - the participants, those who came to watch, for the donations to the Food Bank, the sponsors: Fit-Gym, Remax Praia, Dive Spot, Dave Sheldrake Photographers, The Junta da Fregusia de Armação de Pêra, Polis Apoteose, and especially the Percutunas Orchestra for walking at the front with great music.