Friday, 30 June 2017

The Fisherman of Armação de Pêra

The Fisherman of Armação de Pêra - A big thankyou to Sr. John Lagomaggiore for sending these superb photos to us.

Happy Birthday Maria Duarte

Happy birthday to our colleague Maria Duarte!  We hope you enjoy your special day.

St. Peter Celebrations

St. Peter is one of the oldest saints of the Catholic religion having been one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ. His real name was Simon, but Jesus gave him the name Peter, which comes from the word stone, because he would be the "stone upon which the Christian church was to be built."  

It is also celebrated as having been the first pope of the Catholic Church with the date of his death beinh attributed to the 29th June. 

The Catholic festivities on this date celebrate the martyrdom of his life in Rome and in Portugal it is celebrated with popular marches same as the other saints, St. Anthony and St. John.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Holiday Inn - Armação de Pêra in the Saints Dances

Teresa and Alice from our Reception Team took part in the Saints Dances last night. 
Teresa is part of the Alcantarilha group and Alice is in the Armação de Pêra group.

Saint John

Saint John is celebrated in Portugal as a popular party that takes place from June 23 to 24 in the city of Porto, although it is also celebrated in other cities with popular marches.

Officially, this is a Catholic holiday that celebrates the birth of Saint John the Baptist, but the feast of Saint John of Porto originates from the summer solstice and was initially a pagan festival. People celebrated fertility, coupled with the joy of harvests and abundance. Later, as in the case of Carnaval, the Church Christianized this pagan feast and attributed to saint as a patron.

An alternative story also arises that the feast of Saint John of Porto was originally dedicated to a man who in the ninth century existed in the north of the country, a hermit named John. While he was alive he gave advice to people who would ask him for help and when he died, It was discovered that many people went to the place where he was buried to call for his saintly powers. In the twelfth century, a Portuguese queen brought the head of Saint John to Porto to be venerated by the people, and it is believed to be the head that is in the chapel of the Holy Head, of the Church of Our Lady of Consolation.

Since this popular saint was never officially accepted by the church, it began to celebrated as Saint John Baptist of Porto on June 24, the date of the saint's birth.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Happy Birthday Mariana

Happy birthday to our colleague Mariana Pereira ! We hope you enjoy your special day.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Palm Beach Restaurant now open

Dine on local seafood and fresh fish purchased daily from the nearby market and prepared in both traditional and innovative ways.  Open from midday onwards we offer a selection of local dishes from our a la carte menu or our snack and salad menu, served until 11pm daily.

Located on the beach in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

HolidayCheck Recommendation, 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Holiday Inn Algarve has been once again awarded with the HolidayCheck Recommendation for 2017.

Saturday, 10 June 2017


"On the Beach"

This hotel was chosen based on reviews in Tripadvisor. On arrival we could immediately see that the reviews were not overstating the case.

The hotel is literally "On the Beach" , our room was on the terrace level and the door opened out to a terrace looking over the swimming pool with the beach just beyond.

At that stage we could only hear the sea because we had arrived late at night, the following morning we could see the whole area and were immediately impressed with the quality of everything.

Very helpful staff, great restaurant with good and varied choices. and the location is ideal being close to many other restaurants and bars. Very pleasant walks along the beachfront to an array of little shops and bars.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Festival da Caldeirada

We were delighted to welcome the President of the Algarve Tourism Board, Mr. Desidério Jorge Silva and his wife, to the Por do Sol Restaurant, last night, to sample some of our Festival da Caldeirada specialities.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Festival da Caldeirada - Armação de Pêra

Tonight Clams Cataplana on the Festival da Caldeirada menu, in the Pôr-do-sol Restaurant.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Raj Indian Restaurant on TripAdvisor

"Oh yes this was fantastic"

Had a dinner meal here and I would say that I am fussy about the quality of my Indian meals, this was superb, smaller portions but the taste and presentation was excellent. 

Would have gone back the following night, had we not been going home.

Excellent menu choice in a beauty restaurant with a view of the ocean.

My mouth is watering as I write this!

Friday, 2 June 2017


Thank you to everyone who entered our recent competition to win dinner for two in our Raj Indian Restaurant

Congratulations to Ann Lancaster who wrote 

"Not only is the view spectacular and the service first class, to top it all off of you can enjoy a wonderful Indian meal here. For conneseurs of Indian food you can choose from a full menu of delicious dishes. All from mild to vindalo.make a special night of it and celebrate with a fabulous Indian ice cream. You can relax and enjoy the meal, you'll never be rushed from your table. A memorable dining occasion and a night to remember!"