Apartments in impressive cliff-top setting overlooking the Atlantic
Charming traditional Algarve-style village set in extensive gardens
All apartments have kitchens, lounges, and balconies
Direct access to beautiful sandy beach
Two swimming pools, including separate kids' pool
Two tennis courts, soccer pitch, and games room on-site
Bar, restaurant, and mini-market provide varied dining
Outdoor massages are available
Location is a bit out of the way
No Wi-Fi in apartments
Local seagull population can be noisy
Apartment decor is a bit dated, and many have two mattresses pushed together
Not all rooms have air-conditioning
The Alfagar Aldeamanto Turistico has plenty going for it, not least of all its fabulous clifftop setting and extensive, well-tended gardens. Self-catering apartments won't wow, but they serve their purpose, and many have sea views from their balconies. Facilities are excellent, especially the pools, and there's plenty to keep kids entertained. The location might feel a little off the beaten track, and there are cheaper options available, but the ocean vistas alone make this stand out from the competition. Facilities are shared with Alfagar II, which has more modern apartments but is a bit farther from (and with worse views of) the sea.
Traditional Algarve village ambience set among lush gardens overlooking the sea
A pleasant cobbled street lined with palm trees and potted plants leads to the hotel reception area -- a bright modern space with a slightly cobbled-together feel housed in an angular, contemporary building. The impressive complex, however, is set on 27 acres of manicured gardens perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic, and is built in a blend of traditional Algarve and Moorish style. Guests are comprised largely of vacationing families with kids, who stroll along the cliff-top paths flanked by cactus gardens and recline on sun loungers that dot the resort's many manicured lawns.
Facilities are shared with Alfagar II, which is a bit farther from the sea. This section is where the tennis courts, supermarket, and pool bar are located. Playgrounds and game rooms can be found in both sections, and the indoor pool and water park are at the Aparthotel. The two sections are divided by a road, and it's only about a five-minute walk from one section to the other. The apartments at the Aparthotel are more modern than the units at the Alfagar Aldeamanto Turistico.
Cliff-top setting overlooking the Atlantic, three miles from Albufeira center
The Alfagar Aldeamanto Turistico is located on the top of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic, about three miles from the popular Algarve resort of Albufeira. The lively shopping streets, bars, and restaurants of Areias Sao Joao are less than a mile away, while a beautiful sandy beach lies at the bottom of a 130-step stairway. The nearest airport is Faro, about a 35-minute drive away.
Spacious apartments all include furnished balconies and kitchens
Apartments are set in charming traditional Algarve-style buildings, with either sea, garden, or pool views. Interiors are spacious, clean, and cozy with modern furnishings and fully-equipped kitchens. Lounges include flat-screen TVs and sofas, as well as separate dining areas with tables and chairs. All units also have furnished balconies overlooking the garden or the ocean, and contemporary bathrooms with hairdryers (though scant toiletries). Decor is a bit basic (picture flora or striped bedspreads and bare walls), but kitchens have fresh appliances and there's plenty of space. There is no in-room Wi-Fi.
Impressive pools and plenty to keep the little ones amused
The pools at this complex are particularly impressive for this caliber of hotel -- both are large and well maintained with ample terracing, sun loungers, and separate pools for kids. Children also have access to a playground with a climbing frame and slide, and there's also a games room with arcade machines. Sporty types have use of two tennis courts and a soccer pitch, and while there's no full spa, guests can arrange for outdoor massages. There is also a pool bar serving drinks and snacks, and a mini-market for self-catering supplies. Daily shuttle buses are available to and from Albufeira, and car rental is also available on-site.
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