Travelled with a friend - 2 x 40-somethings wanting to escape and relax - and we managed to do just that. The complex is small and very well maintained. We expected a basic holiday, but would say it is far better than basic. Not 5 star, but has everything we needed, very clean, with sheets and towels being changed during the week. There are a couple of small supermarkets nearby and you can get everything you need there. Some have recommended bringing an electric kettle, but we found the electric cooker ring worked OK with the provided kettle once we realised you turn it the opposite way to the intuitive direction... We walked to the next village along the coast and found people selling oranges and strawberries from their gardens - delicious and much cheaper than the shops! Local restaurants varied; we saved the most expensive (still not excessive) Piri-Piri for the last night; very good food and service was excellent. A bus trip to Albufiera is worth doing; be aware you can only buy single, one-way tickets. Trips to markets are on Tues and Weds, but because we arrived late on a Tuesday, we missed both. The two pools in the complex are lovely, warm and quiet, though probably not so later in the school holidays. Take plenty of books; after a few trips up and down the coast, without your own transport there is not much easily accessible. However, we had a great time, would definitely recommend to others and even plan a return visit.
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