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Quinta das Figueirinhas
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

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.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

stayed at quintas from 4 to 11 July 2013. Was impressed by previous comments and although had not been to this region of the algarve before thought I would give it a try. I travelled with my daughter age 26, her boyfriend and my 5 year old grand daughter. Although the apartments were really spacious and had good facilities, they were let down by cleanliness. The room was only cleaned twice during our 7 day stay and the towels only changed twice. We asked for clean towels but were refused. We also had to go to the reception to ask for loo roll. There is a small beach about a 10 minute walk downhill. Its very picturesque and there is a beach bar and sun loungers which I thought were very expensive. We went one afternoon about 2 pm and was told the price for two loungers and an umbrella were 17 euros so decided to lay on the sand. The sea was very rough and the yellow flag was up all week. It was very scary and only the brave were in the sea. The apartments are in a residential area and the free minibus stops at 5.45 pm so if you want to go to town on an evening it costs about 6 euros each way which can run up if you decide to go out each night. There is a small bar/restaurant in the complex which is not very appealing. The pool area is nice and plenty of sunbeds. One thing I was disappointed with is that there were hardly any english people which normally wouldnt bother me but this meant my 5 year old was very lonely as she had no one to play with. The main town is a mainly portuguese resort nd doesnt cater for the English. Food was very expensive and the quality of food in the restaurants poor. We did find a good restaurant Bellisimo on the front and although the food was good it was expensive. All in all I was disappointed with both the apartments and the resort and wont be returning

Room Tip: the rooms on he ground floor had their own terrace and sun loungers
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

Just returned from here today and can't speak highly enough of the staff who were always very helpful. Special mention to Monica on reception who sorted out a couple of problems we had with tour companies. The apartments have everything you need and do not, as in other establishments, charge you extra for irons, air conditioning, etc. The television also had bbc1, 2 and 4. I wouldn't normally bother with tv whilst on holiday but enjoyed watching a few thrillers (Andy Murray at Wimbledon)! The village is about 30 minutes from the town but they organise a drop off and pick up service, by minibus, about 4 times a day or or you can pay 5 euros for a taxi, which is well worth it on the way back up the hill. Ate at the restaurant there a couple of times and found it to be very nice. There was also free WiFi in the restaurant and reception which saved me a lot of money as my teenage son spent quite a lot of time on the internet. The village is quiet but I enjoyed a peaceful relaxing holiday in a central Algarve area.

Room Tip: Request a ground flat to get an outside garden space with Sun loungers, chairs, table and umbrella.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank 327KarenD
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Another great stay here. only down side was service in and around bar and restaurant, had dropped and wasn't as good as last three times. Bring back Roberto we say! we all love armacao de pera town, loads of places to eat cheaply and great food. We used Algarve.365 transport from faro and were excellent again. We also used a taxi to get to and fro, and pimento and his wife were great, and would also tell you places to eat and see. No. 00351965624310, speaks excellent English also. Again no problem getting beds around the pool area any time of day, also pool and appartments very well looked after. I shall not rule out returning again.

Room Tip: rooms on ground floor are better as you can use your patio door as another entrance
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1  Thank ian g
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

This was our first time to these apartments and we weren't disappointed. We stayed in the Quinta Village which were the 2 bedroom apartments. The accommodation was top notch. Everything you could possibly need was provided. We stayed in June so it was before high season. We practically had the pool to ourselves, which impressed the kids. The beach was just a few minutes walk away. We hired a car for a few days and explored the town and surrounding towns and beaches. Staff at reception were very helpful in arranging the car hire.
There was shuttle bus to the town running throughout the day if we needed it.
We really could not fault this accommodation and would love to return in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Laoisbabe
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

This is our second time at Quinta and it lived up to our expectations, I'm sure we will return again.
There is so much to explore, from the beautiful local beach to the old buildings around the Armacao De Pera area.
The apartments...Clean, large, very well equipped and everything you could hope for considering the price. Quinta makes for a perfect base to explore the area and have a great holiday.
If you are looking for a lively holiday then these apartments/the area is not going to be for you.
If you’re looking for a relaxed time away, friendly people, great food, picture perfect beaches...then you'll have a great time.
My holiday tip would be to hire a car. The local beach is only a 10 minute walk but after a long day sunbathing and eating/drinking at the amazing beach bar, you'll be relieved to drive back. A car also gives you the opportunity to explore the area and although taxis are relatively well priced, car rentals are quite cheap.
This is the only hotel that I've visited more than once (that says it all really).

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank JohnJo G
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

I was a bit worried about what to expect as we got the holiday quite cheap but it was brilliant!! The pool area was clean and easily accessible. I would also recommend eating onsite as the food was delicious and reasonably priced!
The town itself is stunning and only a short walk away with a supermarket just 5 minutes away!!
I would definitely return xxx

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Claire M
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Address: Alporchinhos, Armacao de Pera 8400-454, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Armacao de Pera
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Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Armacao de Pera
Price Range: £21 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta das Figueirinhas 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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