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We stayed in a delightful Villa called Casa Val del Rey, near Carvoeiro (but really nearer Lagoa). It was absolutely quiet and tranquil, overlooking an unspoilt valley where one can spot many varieties of bird. There are plenty of Restaurants nearby and I recommend particularly Brasserie Marina (tel: 282 342 736) where one can eat outside and enjoy first class cuisine from the Dutch (?) owner.

For Italian Cuisine try Restaurant Roma (tel: 282 341 595) for excellent pasta etc, (try the carpaccio of beef as a starter!)

Further away O Cacto at Odiaxere is English run, very friendly and where the freebies before the meal arrives almost fill you up!

John and Elaine


We spent the first part of our holiday in June at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora (top left pic) on the outskirts of Tavira. The hotel is very close to the Ilha de Tavira and has its own small ferry to cross the pretty stretch of water separating the island from the mainland (top pics).  The crossing takes approx 5 minutes.  There is also a public ferry.  Once across there are several places to eat and drink and beach brollies and beds to hire, all very family orientated.  However if you walk for about 10 minutes further along the beach it becomes virtually deserted and seems to go on for ever! (the island is 11k long)  The bottom right pic shows the area (then being set up) for Hotel residents.  It is a long way along the beach and virtually private. It is normally reached by the small hotel ferry, although we did walk that far!  We found the whole area to be very relaxing and there are plenty of places to eat and drink in Taveira and the small towns and villages nearby such as  Santa Luzia.  Fresh sardines, salad, fries (well you just have to!) and a bottle (or two) of cold Vinho Verde (try a few different ones - lots of different flavours) made most lunchtimes stretch well into the afternoon.

Dave & Sue


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