I would have liked to give Turiquintas a five star rating. It is a lovely collection of whitewashed apartments/houses - almost picture perfect seaside resort typical of Portugal and Spain. The place is within easy walking distance of two beautiful and quiet beaches and also the larger (and more crowded) beach at Armecao de Pera. There are two good pools - one for adults and one for children. Most importantly the owners and staff are just brilliant and very friendly. It almost feels like staying with family - they are great with children and made us feel most welcome during our stay. The bar and cafeteria has a good selection of food and drinks. The apartments have a kitchen (see below) and a supermarket is a five minutes walk. Armecao de Pera (a fishing village) is a 20 minutes walk away and has various cafes and restaurants and also a nice promenade.
So why the three star rating? The apartments look beautiful on the outside but the interior is quite dated - even shabby but not in a chic kind of way. The bedroom and living room is ok but the bathroom and kitchen needed a serious overhaul. It wasn't just in our apartment - we got to see the interior of another where some people we got to know were staying and it looked rather similar. This in itself would not be a big problem either if the cleaning was more up to the standard. The cleaners cleaned in 2D and as a result a lot of the cobwebs in the ceilings hadn't been cleaned for a while. The shutters (as someone else has noted) were dusty. Even the 2D cleaning wasn't done very well and that made the stay less pleasant. The beds are also not very comfortable and the mattresses very stiff. If the cleaning standard was better I would have been happy to look past the dated interior as it could be argued that it gave the place character.
Overall, a friendly and easy going of place in a good location (it is nice and quiet if that is what you are looking for) and one can explore easily with a car. However, there are issues with the apartments and the level of cleanliness which lets the place down.
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- Also Known As:
- Turiquintas Holiday Village Algarve, Portugal - Porches