We found Vila da Praia on a website and took a chance on booking an apartment there. We were absolutely delighted. The apartments are modern and really well equipped and in a fantastic location in Alvor. We were only a 5 minute walk in one direction to the harbour and town centre and 5 minute walk in the other direction to the beach.
The apartment complex was very quiet – some days there were only ourselves and two other couples sunbathing round the pool. Not the usual battle for sunbeds that can take place! The only slight criticism I would have had is there was not a bar/snack bar on the complex. That said, we only had to cross over the road and there was plenty of choice at the Dunas Apartments. There were a number of snack bars in the courtyards by their swimming pool – our favourite being the Cactos Bar. The staff there were so friendly that we usually popped in for lunch and a drink (€1 a pint happy hour!) but, more importantly, it was by far our favourite place to go at night. There was live music every night provided by the owner, Mark, and the prices were a lot cheaper than the other live music venues in the town.
Although there were good self catering facilities in the apartment, we preferred to eat out as we were spoiled for choice for good restaurants. We had some really good lunches at the Cinco Quinas restaurant on the beach. At night time our favourites were Porto Bella and Vagabondo (on the terrace). It’s nice to have a cocktail at Mourisco’s on the main road whilst you watch the sunset.
The beach is absolutely beautiful and very uncrowded. If you like walking, the further east you walk the prettier it is with rocks and hidden coves.
We are just booking again for this year and can’t wait to go back to this really pretty friendly resort.
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