Alvor, Western Algarve, Portugal - 5 Minutes Walk to Beach, Harbour And Village
Laurie and Jean
About Laurie and Jean
We are a married couple who have been taking holidays in the Algarve for many years. On seeing Alvor we knew we had found the perfect holiday centre for ourselves, couples and families. In the past Laurie worked in telecoms, TV repairs and minor property rentals while Jean has run a Guest House, done various accounting jobs and worked for the Rural Payments Agency. Our interests now include our married children, grandchildren, good food & wine, photography, patchwork, building websites, and cross-stitch.
Laurie and Jean purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Laurie and Jean chose Alvor
After discovering Alvor the next job was to find the perfect place to buy. We wanted and got, with lots of local help from ex-patriots, a holiday apartment rather than a residential flat, at a location equi-distant from the village, beach and harbour. In addition we were very impressed with the on-site swimming pool and delightful local restaurants and shops. Travelling to the apartment takes less than 1 hour by car from Faro, the international airport serving the Algarve. Being away from flight paths was a consideration yet we are just a few Kilometers from local towns and other holiday resorts. Added to this a trip by car or tour bus will quickly take you into the nearby mountains to enjoy fabulous views of the coastline.
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is very bright, south facing, and welcoming. As you enter you will probably immediately feel relaxed, yet safe. You will find you are on first floor, reached by lifts or stairs from street level or the cool underground car-park. The sun hits both balconies most of the day so there will be plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy the warmth. Our friendly, sociable and helpful on-site agents will meet you to hand over the keys and pool pass (summer months), show you the apartment and provide you with a starter pack so you can begin what we hope will be a wonderful holiday experience. On our visit(s) each year we replace items that need renewal plus often get busy freshening up some paintwork for our guests to enjoy. Most locals you may meet speak good English.
Pool / Spa
A detector is fitted.
Explore wardrobles for toys etc. left by guests.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Lovely home from home apartment!
We loved our stay at the Dunas apartment's. Their location is perfect for both the beach and town - both just a short stroll. The pool was lovely too, nice and relaxed with plenty of beds - no pressure to get one. The complex also has 3 nice bars and on-site supermarket. As for the apartment - first of all Laurie was great to deal with over the booking, a real gentlemen. Jackie was there to meet us and even provided some essential provisions to get us going - a nice touch. The apartment was lovely and spacious with every facility you could think of. We have never repeated a stay on any of our previous holidays but we fully intend to book again some time in the hopefully near future!!
What wonderful feedback, our sincere thanks for recognising and helping to make our effort at the apartment good for everyone. We look forward to you returning and after twelve years here, we also look forward to every visit and try to add a little each time. Well over half our guests keep returning so we think we are getting something right. Jackie has always been our local Agent; guests enjoy meeting her and make warm comments on her helpfulness and ideas to make the most of everything.
Lovely apartment on Dunas do Alvor
Stayed here for 2 weeks. Lovely two bedroom apartment, everything you could need was available, refurbished bathroom with walk in shower, and another with a bath with hand held shower attachment. Comfortable furniture, washing machine, British tv. If you want to cook there are plenty of cooking facilities (although we ate out every night so we didn't use any) Jackie,who looks after the apartment, is very helpful and showed us to the apartment and explained everything to us. Apartment made our stay even more enjoyable. Would highly recommend staying here.
Many thanks for such glowing words that make our little efforts over the years so worthwhile. I know Jackie and Mark will be looking forward to seeing you stay again.
Laurie and Jean
Home from Home,
The apartment is a home from home accomadation everything you need, 5/10 min walk to beach, 5 min to town with many restaurant's /bars and shops a supermarket 2 min walk, all in all good position, apartment during winter is cold but we were supplied fan heater that helped as the aircon not sufficient, a carpet in the lounge would help during winter to make it warmer during cold nights, a very very nice apartment with every thing , like home, but for a long winter stay needs some improvements in the lounge area, .... our stay was all December 2017 till end of February 2018..
Thank you for your Review of staying in our Apartment for many weeks during the Winter - you were the first guests to do this in our 11 years of owning, renting enjoying the Apartment. We have only stayed for a few nights at a time during the winter periods to oversee major improvements and agree that it can be chilly in the evenings so made a point of providing some crochet blankets in one of the cupboards for extra warmth; that I hope are easy to find. We will be visiting the Apartment soon and will certainly look-into your suggestion. You will notice that others are now also making bookings for this time of year, so it is vital that all our guests are comfortably warm throughout their stay. We hope you will return one day and take advantage of changes that will be made.
This apartment has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Nothing seems to have been forgotten. It is clean spacious and ideally located. The apartment is modern but homely.
Laurie is a gentleman as is Jackie a lady. Both externally helpful and professional. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend it.
This apartment is fantastic, there is everything that you could possibly need for your stay. The complex and pool area are both great. The kids found friends to play with around the pool and there are plenty of pool toys in the apartment too, that can be borrowed. The pool area is lovely and clean and always plenty of loungers when we stayed in June. The location of the apartment to Alvor is brilliant, only a short walk to the restaurants, harbour and the beach, 5mins to each. Alvor itself is lovely and we all had a great relaxing and fun holiday. We would love to come again. Many thanks to Laurie and Jean as communication was great and Jackie who looks after the apartment is really helpful.
What a fabulous Review - so enjoyable to read. How pleased we are that you and your family enjoyed your holiday so much. Would you mind if I use your review on my own little website along with others we have?
Many good wishes and I hope you will book again - a good discount awaits!
Lovely Apartment in a great location
This was the first time we had rented an apartment for our holidays, and as such was a little intimidating. It needn’t have been, Laurie and Jean were welcoming and a great help, with fantastic communication throughout the booking process. Jackie, the onsite rep is on hand most days for advice and any help.
The apartment is fabulous, it’s very spacious and has everything you could possibly wish for. We went half term with our 13 and 10 year olds, who, after mostly all-inclusive holidays, had a fantastic time. The bars, cafes and restaurants in the complex offer enough choice for lazy days close to the apartment, and the pool area was never crowded, with plenty of pool furniture for the day. The apartments location is almost central to Alvor, 5 minutes walking to the busy centre, a little more than 5 minutes’ walk to the beach and harbour area.
Thank you very much Laurie and Jean, and we would love visit again.
Thank you so much for your kind words - most appreciated. It seems you and your family had a very good time - just as it should be on holiday. Half-terms are very popular and getting such a booking is never easy, we had exactly the same kind of holidays when our daughters were young.
Many good wishes and hoping you are keen to book again one day,
Laurie and Jean
Special interest holidays:
On the outskirts of Alvor is a small local private Airport where you can book Sightseeing Flights along the Coast or perhaps sky-diving. They appear to give safety training first.
Along the Coastline there are plenty of Caves to explore as part of a guided tour - for safety.
There are regular Boat trips from the Harbour/Promenade area of Alvor for Dolphin watching, Sea-fishing and exploring the local Estuary and Coastline. Some people travel to Vilamoura to join a Sailing Boat Trip that goes along another part of the coastline to see the Algarve from a very different point of view - usually in strong sunlight.
Take your camera with on any trip outside the apartment - there is so much to catch, remember and share.
The amazingly white, long and wide beach at Alvor is a 5 mins walk from the apartment. Sand dunes with wild grasses edge this glorious area along with a variety of cafes and modest ice-cream parlors. This short walk to the beach will take you through a preserved conservation area.
Along the beach you will see a sports centre, a newly built promanade with restaurants overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour. Colourful windsurfing can often be seen in the distance along the beach.
The Algarve is served by Faro International Airport. Most international airports in Europe have flights to/from Faro - and cheap tickets can often be bought.
Car hire is relatively low cost and easy to arrange on arrival at Faro Airport or on-line before you leave. Alternatively take Bus or Taxi to Faro then a train to Portimao before taking another Bus/Taxi from Portimao to Alvor. Alvor is approximately 66km from Faro - taking less than 1 hour to drive along the excellent EU funded motorway.
This low rise holiday complex - Dunas - is within Alvor and about 5 minutes walk to the centre of this Fishing village that has many shops and restaurants. It also takes about 5 minutes to walk to the white beach. There you will find sand dunes, attractive beach cafes and free car parking. Along the coast the neast towns are Portimao to the East - about 5km by small coastal route or 12km using main roads. To the west is Lagos - a superb holiday town with a modern marina - that is 18km by road.
Close to the site is a supermarket with an ATM, chemist, a local bank with ATM and most types of holiday shops plus a wide variety of Restaurants - these include Portuguese, Indian, Italian, Chinese, plus a new Steak Bar. The Portuguese are very fond of English speakers and will serve you as friends, politely and invariably in excellent English. Many local people also speak French and German. There is a Post Office and Tourist Office a few minutes walk away.
We have successfully Registered this apartment at the nearby Town Hall of Portimao for full local Tourist Board Lodging - License No. 27868/10. Please speak to our local Agents or email us if you require further details.
In addition to local activities mentioned above you will find there are many Excursions to join that will take you for example to: caves along the coast, off shore fishing, flying along the coastline for photography perhaps, into the mountains and to the castles. Trips can often also be booked to for example Seville, Granada and Malaga in nearby Spain.
Exploring the Algarve coastline on foot, hired bicycle or car to find new and exciting scenes is very satisfying no-matter what age you are. Plus there are many and varied enjoyable restaurants that may lead to you wanting to return again and again. The weather along the Algarve varies from around 16 C in deepest winter to upper 30s C in mid-summer. It seems warm air from North Africa keeps the Algarve from the normal continental climate and we have often found it spreads inland for around 15km.
There is nightlife not far from the Dunas complex in Alvor - a nightclub attracts many people and entertains well into the night. Along the coast towards Faro is Albufeira where the busiest nightlife is organised.