Lovely hotel set on a cliff between two small coves with sandy beaches. Quiet location and no nightlife in hotel it was dead after 10.00. Surrounding area mainly appartments no shops. A supermarket is within walking distance with smaller minimarket closer still. A few bars and restaurants in walking distance but really you need a car/taxi to get out and about. Its a longish walk to Armacao and the clifftop walk is potentially dangerous. Armacao is OK not a lot of character but plenty of reasonable restaurants. Hotel provides 2 bus journeys each day, for free, to Armacao but last return is about 5.00. Hotel rooms are spacious and well-equipped -useful kitchenette area with kettle, large fridge, microwave, crockery etc. Safe is chargeable currently 2 euros a day. No hairdryer in the room but available from reception. Pool satisfactory but often overcrowded with children. Lots of sunbeds and free pool towels. Stayed half board - buffet meals. Menu on 7 day cycle so if you stay more than 7 days no surprises i.e one night was Italian theme night and same night following week provided identical menu. Food was overall bland, vegetables many nights were boiled sprouts/boiled carrots/broccoli. Some dishes were of excellent quality. Occasionally the food was unappealing due to kids fiddling with food - the ice cream usually resembled a war zone. As a couple the constant whinging crying running about did not make for enjoyable meal. Seagulls presented a problem eating al fresco with frequent raids on tables when people not looking - a health risk? Drinks and lunch time food at hotel quite pricey. We went across the road fo evening post meal coffee and drinks.
The staff were very helpful particularly in reception.
Our room was on 7th floor front which gave us excellent attactive view of one of the bays. Downside of this was the seagulls used our wall as rousting point messing the balcony on a number of times..
The World of Sand at Pera is definitely worth a visit I drove but possibly a taxi would be cheaper than the dedicated tours on offer.
We had a pleasant holiday and if you are seeking a good place to take children this is the hotel for you.
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- Hotel Pestana Viking
- Pestana Viking Resort Algarve, Portugal - Porches