Where do I start?
To be clear , the apartments we booked through Lowcost were clean, tastefully and well equipped , a pleasure to use. The letting agent couldn't have been more helpful and the service on site excellent.
My dissatisfaction and hence the average rating lays with the specifics of the place itself. The old village is not an old village, it is a purpose built bog standard concrete tourist accommodation site. It follows the same principles and therefore problems and drawbacks as similar places the world over.
Fair enough it has cobbles where a downmarket one may have Tarmac . It has pretty facades , faux Classic Portuguese peasant village instead of square concrete balconies. Unfortunately though that's where the differences stop. You will find yourself living the other side of the rather thin walls to people you would usually avoid. In our case mr and mrs screaming kids. Why talk when you can yell from 0800 until 2300. That along with the smog of cigarette smoke made our patio area a very unpleasant area to be. Can happen anywhere I concede but it certainly happened here. The accommodation units are squeezed into the land available. They maybe don't look it but they are.
The on site supermarket is significantly more expensive than the spar down the road . Hey ho, plan b , let's go to the marina. Very pretty to look at but not a great deal to do there. Very expensive in most parts to eat and shop. More expensive by a long shot than at home or other similar sunny destinations such as Cyprus or even Barbados ! I noticed a few empty premises , restaurants , closed. They all need to realise that they cannot rely on the draw of a posh marina to justify those high prices. One notable exception being "parkys" for sensible
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