"Good hotel in an excellent bird watching location "
We recently enjoyed a two week stay at the Vila Gale Hotel - we had no complaints about the hotel. The room was spacious and clean. Our requests for a sunny higher floor room, with a kettle, were met immediately on arrival. We opted for a pool room view - it wasn't too noisy, even when the bar was open.
The breakfast buffet was extremely comprehensive, hot and cold food, replenished speedily by the busy waiting staff. Even pro secco was provided for a Buck's Fizz!
Our only comment, which is very much a personal view, was that we would have preferred our room to be serviced before 5pm each day - think we were last on the room list!!!
I had 5 days there out of season to explore the Ria Formosa coast and a further trip up into the Algarve Hills around Barranco do Velho, which was easily accessed via Tavira and Sao Bras d' Alpotil. The N125 runs right along the coast, and Pedras is just off this. From here i got to Castro Marim, Quinta Marim and Olhao easily inside around 35 minutes, but travelling early in the morning. Parking is usually available outside the apartments, but it's a big site, and lost some time driving about trying to work out the block/apartment numbering system, which i assume has evolved as the place has grown.
"An authentic, cozy stay in a family property in Tavira"
We chose the city of Tavira as the base for the Algarve part of our Portugal vacation mostly on the recommendation of the Rick Steves' guidebook. It was definitely less touristy with quaint streets, local people, cozy restaurants, and no giant hotels. The Quinta do Carocol was a great choice as the property is large with authentic looking rooms filled with local furniture and decor. As the property is older, it could use some improvements and unfortunately there was some mold and mustiness in the closet areas which could be a problem if you have allergies. The property had nice landscaping, ponds, and many places to sit. Unfortunately we came during a somewhat cold and rainy time. The heater in the bedroom was necessary and led to a pleasant sleep. Also the bathroom has a heater which helped a lot. Free wireless in the indoor lounge area iss a must for us and it worked just fine to check our email on our Android phones. The place is a good 10-15 minute walk to the river and main parts of town which was just fine for us and the area seemed safe. Two supermarkets (chains) are nearby and a couple of take-away food places. Overall it was perfect for our stay. Afterwards we drove to Faro and then took the train to Lisbon.
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Boasting a charming location in Tavira, Portugal , the Quinta do Caracol Guest House offers visitors comfortable …More
A handsome riverside town, Tavira is famous for its elegant 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Shunning mass tourism, it leaves international-style bars, restaurants and shops to satellite areas such as the beach resort of Cabanas. There are very good local seafood restaurants however. Its medieval castle ruins offer a panoramic view of the town which includes some fine churches. The beaches close by are long, flat and sandy.
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