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What is Qaurteira really like?

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Lel
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What is Qaurteira really like?

We have some friends who are staying in vilamoura,but the hotels are very pricey.Have been looking at staying in quartiera,either the Zodiaco or Artisar but reading the reviews I have been a bit put off.A few people have said the area is rundown with graffiti everywhere.Is there anywhere nicer not to stay near to Vilamoura?

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1. Re: What is Qaurteira really like?

Quarteira has an excellent beach and tidy seafront, all traffic free, but you cannot hide the fact that away from those areas some parts are fairly horrible, with vandalism and graffiti fairly common. You don't have to look though. Most people on holiday won't even notice as the hotels are by the beach.

Quarteira more or less joins on to Vilamoura. The area of the old fishing sheds, which took up a lot of the space in between, has recently been cleared away ready for yet more tourist development.

Many of the existing tourist hotels and apartment developments in Vilamoura and the area close to Quarteira are quite a long way from the beaches, some are miles in fact, so if a decent beach is a priority check location carefully.

Lel
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2. Re: What is Qaurteira really like?

Not really fussed about the beach,we live right on the beachfront in Benalmadena,Spain.Would like somewhere which is child friendly as we have a 4 year old.Somewhere with a pool suitable for small children.We are going to Lagos for 2 weeks in august so this is just an extra week to meet up with friends,who are staying at the hilton in Vilamoura(way too expensive for us.)Do you know what the Zodiaco and the Artisar are like ?

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3. Re: What is Qaurteira really like?

No sorry, only ever seen them from the outside.

Lel
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4. Re: What is Qaurteira really like?

Decided to book a hotel in Vilamoura in the end.

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5. Re: What is Qaurteira really like?

Quarteira has gone right down the pan to what it was 10 years ago, a lot of Brits give it a wide berth now, as its mainly for the cheaper end of the locals holidays, It has gone scruffy to what it was , with graffiti sprayed everywhere. the seafront is still half decent as are some of the local eateries, Vilamoura is 3 times more upmarket yet right next door, but thats because its a golf resort, and it attracts a more wealthy clientele. I would definatly not take a holiday there and Im easily pleased, and this is from someone who lived 5 mins away in Almancil for 3 years.

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6. Re: What is Qaurteira really like?

Hi,

Try to book OLDVILLAGE apartments in Vilamoura. Is near Hilton ( more and less 15 minutes walking ), 20 minutes walking to Vilamoura Marina and beach and touristic train stops in front of oldvillage apartments and run to Hiton hotel, to beach and marina.

OLDVILLAGE apartments are very nice, 3 pools, child friendly, with supermarket, shop and restaurant/bar.

I hope this information helps you.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189118-d264849…

http://alternativas-algarve.com/en/

Leonor

Lel
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7. Re: What is Qaurteira really like?

Thanks,glad I decided to go for vilamoura.

Have booked the Vilamoura golf hotel,which doesn't look too far from the Hilton.Looked at the Old Village but didn't have any 1 bedroom apts left.

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