Our stay was short, as it was just overnight, but the hotel was located close to the tourist area so we were able to walk to everything we wanted to do; stroll through the market, shopping, restaurants, and ferry to the island beach.
We visited Vila Gale in September this year. This was our second visit to this hidden gem. It is set in a nature reserve in Eastern Algarve. The salt pans surrounding the area may not appeal to everyone but it is an unspoilt landscape and has a charm of its own.
The hotel grounds including the beautiful planting and the pool area is well- maintained. Hotel rooms were comfortable with good beds and with the addition of tea - making facilities ( although you have to request this from hotel reception).
We needed a place for one night in Tavira before heading back to Spain and Porto Novo proved to be absolutely ideal! Central to the town, with absolutely fantastic facilities including a massive pool and lush rooftop bar, this was exactly what we needed to sort out our onward travel, as well as enjoying some of Tavira's charm in easy walking distance.
The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly - they even let us use the pool & hotel facilities after we had checked out as our bus wasn't for a couple of hours.
All in all a wonderful way to finish our trip to Portugal and a great reminder of the country as a whole - clean, civilised and very friendly!
We can't wait to get back there, and will be recommending it to everyone!
Nice and quite location but only five min walk from shops and restaurants, if you want a relaxing chilled holiday this is the place, no nightclubs here it's chill city, Cabanas is lovely, or hire a car and travel further lots to see. Staff all good and leave you alone unless you need them. I had a room with a kitchenette so I stocked up on supplies for an easy life. Food is cheap in town. I didn't try the restaurant but was told by other guests it's great food, nice pool area and small gym all help make the stay a good one. I would return for sure, I spent five days there and it's great value for money. I would give this place a recommendation to all my friends.
This is an excellent deal for the price. We had a room with balcony overlooking the river, with breakfast included. The hotel is extremely clean, the person at the desk speaks perfect English and French. There are wonderful tiled floors except for the wooden staircase. There is a roof top terrace for a private spot to get some sun. It's old style, but that's what gives it charm. The laws of the land require this hotel maintain its heritage character - even painting a window frame requires a permit! Location is great to walk anywhere. There is pay parking directly across the street, but you can park for free in a lot a few hundred yards down the street. The attached restaurant has an extensive menu of seafood and meat. It gives hotel guests a 10% discount.
D from Canada
Centrally located in the charming town of Tavira, this hotel faces the river and offers a very pleasant coastal atmosphere. …More
Really lovely place to stay, great facilities in the apartment for self catering for small children and adults alike we enjoyed cooking fresh fish from the market on our BBQ . Our fridge broke down and it was replaced within hours of the complaint. The grounds were really kept in good condition and the pool was a great communal hub in the afternoons. Would stay here again. The only negative was the under stocked on-site super market that was just not adequate for our self catering requirements, however there were three other supermarkets to choose from in the local vacinity. Great place to stay!
"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.
Scott from San Francisco and Dublin
Boasting a charming location in Tavira, Portugal , the Quinta do Caracol Guest House offers visitors comfortable …More
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