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As a family of 4 with 2 daughters aged 7 & 8, we were looking to stay in an apartment that met our needs. We hadn't stayed in an apartment as a family in Albufeira before so didn't know what to expect.
The apartment was perfect, it was a duplex apartment on 2 floors with 2 balconies with beautiful views of the town. We either had a view of the sea on one balcony or the poolside.
We arranged for a sofa bed to be located on the living room to provide a 2nd bedroom. This was easy to use and we were provided with plenty of bedding. The apartment was clean, tidy, had all the basic kitchen ware, washing machine, TV and the inside and outside table plus sun loungers.
On our first day, we were collected from the airport by Carlos, given a welcome talk by Joao about the local amenities (E. G. Supermarkets, retail areas, food options and beach etc) which are all within walking distance. We didn't get familiar with the public transport but we used the private transport service provided by Algarve Vacation. This was very reasonable, reliable and very friendly. I could use my Post Office travel card or cash to pay for trips.
Everyone we dealt with was very professional and impressive E. G. Olivia, Carlos, Joao and Karen. All the staff were genuinely lovely people. It made our holiday one of the best we have had.
We opted for the Caveiro boat trip with 2 skippers;Miguel and Tiago?who were both lovely and attentive. I was feeling boat sick so they moved me to a more comfortable position and ensured we saw the dolphins. The kids had a great time on the speedboat.
All the staff were so knowledgeable about Portugal (culture, language, people, and general knowledge). We made an effort to speak Portuguese but everyone spoke such good English.
One of our trips was to Zoo Marine which I would recommend for families, perfect day out. Again we were transported to and from the location, nobody was ever late.
Its an ideal location to get to many sights e.g shops, restaurants, beaches and Old Town. As a family we didn't visit New Town so I can't comment on that. Our children loved the pool in particular and spent alot of time there.
I would have loved for there to be a few basic supplies on the first day E. G. Toilet paper although I appreciate it wasn't far to go the shop. As we have a family, it would have been easier to use the facilities straight away.
Overall a beautiful apartment and country. Highly recommend Algarve vacation and will visit again!