First of all we were met at the airport by our transfer agents Yellowfish who took us straight to our apartment. The driver was extremely friendly, efficient and helpful giving us a potted history of the area and Portugal in general - we would definitely recommend them.
We were met in resort by representatives of Algarve Holiday Property who showed us into our apartment and left us with a contact number should we require any assistance during our holiday. The apartment was clean, comfortable and well equipped - our only comment would be that we would have liked a few extra dishes and plates as if we had used the dishwasher we would have run out of clean ones very quickly. Also we could not find a visitors book in the apartment which are usually there to provide useful information on the area. I did find however that you could ask reception in the hotel across the road if stuck.
The apartment is located on quite a steep road and to access the old town from the apartment meant using the steps which certainly keeps you fit and only takes 5 minutes - 10 to come back up!. Albufeira is generally very hilly so not really recommended for the infirm although there is an escalator down to the beach at one end and a lift tower at the other.
The Old Town is lovely and has lots of excellent restaurants. We would recommend the Atrium restaurant which was upstairs in an old theatre and the Central Planet where we ate most evenings. Generally, we found the food to be excellent especially the fish and most bars/restaurants have live entertainment every evening. Also we should not forget to mention the street entertainment.
The beaches are lovely and clean but we found the sea to be decidedly chilly for June. Also we found that it turned rather chilly during the evenings when the sun went down - don't know if that is normal for the time of year.
Finally, we would like to thank Gill at Algarve Holiday Property for a very efficient and stress free service when booking our holiday apartment. We would recommend them and Albufeira to our friends.
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