Villa Feliz Apartments

by cj on November 29, 2010

5 out of 5
5
A fantastic place!!
Neil Northern Ireland
Review Submitted: August 24, 2010 Date of Stay: August 2010
We are just back from the Villa Feliz and we had a fantastic time! It was so relaxing! The apartment was spotless and spacious, plenty of room for the 5 of us. (2 Adults and 3 Teenagers)
The pool, terrace and garden are perfect place to unwind. We had breakfast by the pool watching the Bee eaters flying over almost every day.
The location was perfect for us to, near enough to the crazy tourist towns to dip your toe in for an evening of crowd watching and TAT buying, but far enough away to have peace and quiet and really get away from it all.
We bought fresh provisions locally either from the small store round the corner or from the well stocked supermarket in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines 5-10mins away (we also picked Oranges, Lemons and Limes that grow all around the villa).
Peter and Fenella were great hosts, they had the apartment fridge stocked with essentials which made our late night arrival so much better. They were able to provide us with helpful information from where to eat to naming the birds in the garden.
Overall we would recomend the apartments at the Villa Feliz to anyone looking for somewhere to relax that offers easy access to alomost everywhere on the Algarve.
Neil, Kim, Amy, Dean & Jade
Recommended for: Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

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Albufeira’s most impressive feature is its spectacular sandy beaches, about two dozen of them. Dramatic colorful rock formations, typical for the beaches of Albufeira, provide shelter even in the colder months. Albufeira has beaches to suit all tastes; some of the finest beaches on the Algarve are here.

In summer, the major beaches have lifeguards and offer a variety of water sport facilities, restaurants, snack bars and bars.

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Faro Airport prepares for the future

by cj on January 31, 2010

Faro Airport gets ready for the future
Works are already un­der­way at Faro Air­port to re­ceive triple the num­ber of pas­sen­gers that an­nu­ally pass through the ter­minal

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When to book your Summer Holidays

by cj on January 13, 2010

If you have children then holidays must be taken during the school holidays.
This creates a great demand for all the popular family holiday resorts.
So great can be the demand that the availability of holiday villas and apartments becomes less and less as the Summer Holidays approach.
Although this all must seem common sense, it is surprising just how many people leave the booking of their Summer Holidays for whatever reason, to the last minute.

Perhaps among these reasons is the popularity of last minute deals and indecision of where to go.
Although it is possible to get some last minute holiday deals, airlines generally offer lower prices for advance bookings and higher prices for last minute bookings and so the gain is offset.
Another possible reason for delaying booking is the fear that illness or other unpredictable events may cause cancellation and loss of money.

Of course it is possible to take out insurance against such events happening, but this can be both expensive and unnecessary.

Most owners of holiday villas and apartments require a small deposit to secure the holiday booking.This deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation provided that enough notice is given to enable the booking dates to be offered to others enquiring, This notice period of cancellation is usually around 6-8 weeks.

If you are new to the concept of booking your own holiday on- line, the procedure is usually quite simple.Simply search for the holiday country on one or more of the many holiday sites.Then make your enquiry to the owner or agent via their Booking Form or in some cases their Email address.You will then be sent a booking form for you to complete and return with your booking deposit. Hey Presto you have booked your holiday!

So what is the best time to book your summer holiday? Why not as early as now to ensure that you have the best choice , beating the rush ,avoiding frustration and disappointment?

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The ancient medieval city of Guimarães, which will be one of two European Capitals of Culture in 2012, is to benefit from sponsorship for events from Portugal’s tourist board, Turismo de Portugal.

Although the investment has yet to be specified, the year-long event is expected to cost around 111 million euros, 70 million of which will be provided by the municipal authority for infrastructure and 41 million from the Guimarães City Foundation for cultural events.

The city, known as the cradle of the Portuguese nation, was selected by Brussels in May to be one of two European Capitals of Culture.

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Algarve tourism expected to recover

by cj on January 4, 2010

Tourism in the Algarve should see signs of recovery and stability this year, according to a survey by the region’s tourism board (ERTA).

The Algarve Tourism Barometer is a document produced by the ERTA every year after collecting responses from a panel of local politicians, businesspeople and other dignitaries in the region.

Around 32.2 per cent of those questioned believe 2010 will be a better year for tourism in the Algarve, 40.7 per cent say the sector will remain the same as last year and 16.9 per cent say that the worst is still to come with 6.8 per cent saying the tourism industry will be severely affected.

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IKEA to open in Loule

by cj on December 26, 2009

After pre­lim­in­ary ne­go­ti­ations be­fore local au­thor­ity elec­tions, the news has now been con­firmed.

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Buying Property in Portugal

by cj on December 22, 2009

Portuguese real estate is a complex area, so before you get in contact with local realtors or real estate agents who have property for sale in the Algarve you may find it helpful to get to grips with what’s involved in purchasing property in Portugal.
The process of purchasing or selling any type of property or land is not as strictly regulated in Portugal as it is in Spain and France. However, the level of bureaucratic red tape and the Portuguese legal idiosyncrasies can make it a complex transaction. Therefore those with little knowledge of the country, language, legal and administrative system are recommended to hire a local lawyer to act as a broker in their interest. They will take care of the paperwork so that things can go more smoothly.

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Large Ryanair Investment in Faro Airport

by cj on December 21, 2009

The Algarve was given a massive boost this week with news that Irish low-cost giant Ryanair is to invest over 400 million U.S. dollars in Faro Airport. The announcement has been met with all-round approval, with the Government terming it as “the news of the year for the Algarve”. Charismatic Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary revealed details of the venture during a whistle-stop visit to the Algarve on Wednesday during which he announced Faro Airport as the airline’s second Portuguese base, reaffirmation, he said, of Ryanair’s belief in Portugal following the creation of its first national base in Oporto back in September.

Set to be in force next year, Ryanair’s Faro base will …..

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Market Junto à Escola C+S Car bootDays

by cj on November 22, 2009

Monchique 4.º Sunday … Paderne 1.º Saturday of the month. Rua
Miguel Bombarda … São Bartolomeu de Messines 4.ª Monday of the month.
Largo da Feira Market Silves …

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