My wife and I (mature adults, children now grown up) spent a 10-day holiday here at the start of June 2013. We'd been before to this very same area - but about 28 years ago when our oldest daughter was then a toddler, the area wasn't at all built up, and Vila Senhora da Rocha was about the only major set of apartments in the area. The area still isn't commercialised at all, and you have to realise that it is very much on the outskirts of Armacao. If you want a quiet holiday, however, it's just fine.
We knew we hadn't paid a fortune but the apartment was spacious, modern, cool and clean, and just as advertised. We had asked for a first floor apartment and we got that wish granted, probably because it really wasn't busy at all (not because of the quality of the apartments, but because of the time of year and the state of the economy). Furthermore, we were lucky to get one of ther blocks that looked down towards the sea, so that was a big bonus.
The only thing to realise - which we knew- is that there isn't an oven, but only a microwave and electric hob, so it wasn't possible to have something like a pizza in the evening. However, we ate out most evenings, especially with a 12.50 EURO tourist menu available (including a glass of wine !).
I'm not sure quite why some of the reviewers complain about cleanliness and change of towels. We never had a problem - in fact, on a couple of days, we told the chambermaid that we would re-use towels to save washing, and didn't the floors cleaning because we hadn't been to the beach. Nevertheless, she made sure we had toilet rolls, refuse bag, etc., and still returned a day or two later with towels. The service was fine.
We didn't arrive until 9pm, so ate at the apartments' own restaurant, run by Tony, rather than wandering around. We were the only ones there, sadly, and Tony explained that business was not good. I don't believe that was down to the standard of the food, although the bill was more than if we'd eaten outside the complex. All I would say is that the restaurant/bar area could probably do with quite a bit more "atmosphere".
For once, we didn't hire a car. Was it a problem ? Well, we decided not to travel around in any case, just using the apartment shuttle bus to go to and from Armacao when we fancied. There is a bus service which runs from Armacao (about 10 minutes' drive away) to places west and east along the Algarve, but the frequency is not great so you need to plan if you want to go further afield by bus - or hire a car. In terms of shopping, there is a big Intermarche about 15 minutes' walk away which has long opening hours. The complex itself has a small shop but with very limited range.
We preferred Senhora da Rocha beaches to the swimming pool, but the pool is large and clean, albeit pretty cold (depending on how brave you are !).
All in all, we had a great holiday at a good price, and Quinta das Figueirinhas played its part in that. Would we go back ? Probably not. We liked everything, and were pleased to revisit after all those years, but fancy trying somewhere else next time.
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