About the property
- Apartment850 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay6 - 7 nights
Alvor, Western Algarve, Portugal - 5 Minutes Walk to Beach, Harbour And Village
This A/C holiday apartment has an on-site private swimming pool with attendant during summer months. We are lucky to have a wonderful on-site Agent who will meet you, hand over keys, a pool pass, a starter pack, show you around and answer your questions. Children are welcome. 2018 is year 12 for guests staying in our apartment. Lifts take you and your luggage from a cool underground car space to the apartment on the 1st floor. On and close to the complex are a variety of shops, cafes/restaurants and entertainment for all ages - no driving is necessary. Just about a 5 mins walk will take you to the super white beach via a small conservation area. By the beach are special cafes plus a harbour, sports centre and a modern promenade with free car parking spaces. In another direction a 5 mins walk will bring you directly to the centre of Alvor - a traditional and peaceful fishing village. Close to Alvor is a private airport where skydiving is organised. In and around the village are some 7 golf courses plus places where equipment can be hired. If you hire a car then you can easily travel into the nearby mountains, visit a castle, or drive along the coastline to the fabulous marinas.
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Laurie and Jean
- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 5, 2018
About Laurie and Jean
We are a married couple who have been taking holidays in the Algarve for many years. On seeing Alvor we knew we had found the perfect holiday centre for ourselves, couples and families. In the past Laurie worked in telecoms, TV repairs and minor property rentals while Jean has run a Guest House, done various accounting jobs and worked for the Rural Payments Agency. Our interests now include our married children, grandchildren, good food & wine, photography, patchwork, building websites, and cross-stitch.
Laurie and Jean purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Laurie and Jean chose Alvor
After discovering Alvor the next job was to find the perfect place to buy. We wanted and got, with lots of local help from ex-patriots, a holiday apartment rather than a residential flat, at a location equi-distant from the village, beach and harbour. In addition we were very impressed with the on-site swimming pool and delightful local restaurants and shops. Travelling to the apartment takes less than 1 hour by car from Faro, the international airport serving the Algarve. Being away from flight paths was a consideration yet we are just a few Kilometers from local towns and other holiday resorts. Added to this a trip by car or tour bus will quickly take you into the nearby mountains to enjoy fabulous views of the coastline.
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is very bright, south facing, and welcoming. As you enter you will probably immediately feel relaxed, yet safe. You will find you are on first floor, reached by lifts or stairs from street level or the cool underground car-park. The sun hits both balconies most of the day so there will be plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy the warmth. Our friendly, sociable and helpful on-site agents will meet you to hand over the keys and pool pass (summer months), show you the apartment and provide you with a starter pack so you can begin what we hope will be a wonderful holiday experience. On our visit(s) each year we replace items that need renewal plus often get busy freshening up some paintwork for our guests to enjoy. Most locals you may meet speak good English.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Home from Home,
The apartment is a home from home accomadation everything you need, 5/10 min walk to beach, 5 min to town with many restaurant's /bars and shops a supermarket 2 min walk, all in all good position, apartment during winter is cold but we were supplied fan heater that helped as the aircon not sufficient, a carpet in the lounge would help during winter to make it warmer during cold nights, a very very nice apartment with every thing , like home, but for a long winter stay needs some improvements in the lounge area, .... our stay was all December 2017 till end of February 2018..
Thank you for your Review of staying in our Apartment for many weeks during the Winter - you were the first guests to do this in our 11 years of owning, renting enjoying the Apartment. We have only stayed for a few nights at a time during the winter periods to oversee major improvements and agree that it can be chilly in the evenings so made a point of providing some crochet blankets in one of the cupboards for extra warmth; that I hope are easy to find. We will be visiting the Apartment soon and will certainly look-into your suggestion. You will notice that others are now also making bookings for this time of year, so it is vital that all our guests are comfortably warm throughout their stay. We hope you will return one day and take advantage of changes that will be made.
This apartment has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Nothing seems to have been forgotten. It is clean spacious and ideally located. The apartment is modern but homely.
Laurie is a gentleman as is Jackie a lady. Both externally helpful and professional. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend it.
Lovely Apartment in a great location
This was the first time we had rented an apartment for our holidays, and as such was a little intimidating. It needn’t have been, Laurie and Jean were welcoming and a great help, with fantastic communication throughout the booking process. Jackie, the onsite rep is on hand most days for advice and any help.
The apartment is fabulous, it’s very spacious and has everything you could possibly wish for. We went half term with our 13 and 10 year olds, who, after mostly all-inclusive holidays, had a fantastic time. The bars, cafes and restaurants in the complex offer enough choice for lazy days close to the apartment, and the pool area was never crowded, with plenty of pool furniture for the day. The apartments location is almost central to Alvor, 5 minutes walking to the busy centre, a little more than 5 minutes’ walk to the beach and harbour area.
Thank you very much Laurie and Jean, and we would love visit again.
Thank you so much for your kind words - most appreciated. It seems you and your family had a very good time - just as it should be on holiday. Half-terms are very popular and getting such a booking is never easy, we had exactly the same kind of holidays when our daughters were young.
Many good wishes and hoping you are keen to book again one day,
Laurie and Jean
This apartment is fantastic, there is everything that you could possibly need for your stay. The complex and pool area are both great. The kids found friends to play with around the pool and there are plenty of pool toys in the apartment too, that can be borrowed. The pool area is lovely and clean and always plenty of loungers when we stayed in June. The location of the apartment to Alvor is brilliant, only a short walk to the restaurants, harbour and the beach, 5mins to each. Alvor itself is lovely and we all had a great relaxing and fun holiday. We would love to come again. Many thanks to Laurie and Jean as communication was great and Jackie who looks after the apartment is really helpful.
What a fabulous Review - so enjoyable to read. How pleased we are that you and your family enjoyed your holiday so much. Would you mind if I use your review on my own little website along with others we have?
Many good wishes and I hope you will book again - a good discount awaits!
The apartment is well equipped with everything you could need on a self catering holiday. Although it would be a shame not to try all the lovely restaurants in Alvor.....there is something for everyone. Alvor is a lovely village and walking round the narrow streets at night was a delight. The apartment is perfectly placed being a short walk from the beautiful beach and the boardwalks and also not far from a great choice of restaurants. The pool at the apartment is large and well maintained with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas. Alvor is a great destination and we would love to return soon.
Many thanks for making this Review. It is so pleasing to know you enjoyed your stay in Alvor and our apartment. Our local Agent said what a pleasure it was to meet you.
Lovely holiday apartment!
We stayed one week in this apartment in Alvor and had an absolutely lovely time! Alvor was beautiful and Laurie and Jean's apartment was great. It was very clean and very well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a holiday; it was just a couple of minutes walk down to the pool area and plaza where there were lots of cafes/bars and also a little supermarket (where you can buy a 7 ft inflatable lobster if it takes your fancy - we are now the proud owners of one!). My girls (9 and 12) loved the pool - it was quite big and good to have a proper swim in (just as well it was big as lobster took up quite a bit of it!). The town centre was just a 5 min walk away as was the harbour and the beach (the beach in Alvor is fantastic - my friend lives in Florida and has been to Alvor - she said it is nicer than the beaches over there!). There was an Intermarche big supermarket just around the corner, again just a few minutes walk, and there were also many restaurants behind the apartments which we visited as well (a good pizza place that my girls loved). The apartment over looks the plaza area and it was lovely to sit out on the kitchen balcony with a glass of wine at lunchtime or in the evening. The apartment has 2 x twin bedded rooms one of which is ensuite and the other has a separate bathroom. The kitchen / lounge area is very spacious as well. Jackie who looks after the apartment was so helpful and very kindly let us leave our cases in her bar on our last day. We will hopefully come back one day! Many thanks for a lovely stay!
Many thanks for such a comprehensive review that captures all the things we love about Alvor and taking one or two outings there every year. May you enjoy many happy holidays wherever you go.
Laurie and Jean
Special interest holidays:
On the outskirts of Alvor is a small local private Airport where you can book Sightseeing Flights along the Coast or perhaps sky-diving. They appear to give safety training first.
Along the Coastline there are plenty of Caves to explore as part of a guided tour - for safety.
There are regular Boat trips from the Harbour/Promenade area of Alvor for Dolphin watching, Sea-fishing and exploring the local Estuary and Coastline. Some people travel to Vilamoura to join a Sailing Boat Trip that goes along another part of the coastline to see the Algarve from a very different point of view - usually in strong sunlight.
Take your camera with on any trip outside the apartment - there is so much to catch, remember and share.
The amazingly white, long and wide beach at Alvor is a 5 mins walk from the apartment. Sand dunes with wild grasses edge this glorious area along with a variety of cafes and modest ice-cream parlors. This short walk to the beach will take you through a preserved conservation area.
Along the beach you will see a sports centre, a newly built promanade with restaurants overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour. Colourful windsurfing can often be seen in the distance along the beach.
The Algarve is served by Faro International Airport. Most international airports in Europe have flights to/from Faro - and cheap tickets can often be bought.
Car hire is relatively low cost and easy to arrange on arrival at Faro Airport or on-line before you leave. Alternatively take Bus or Taxi to Faro then a train to Portimao before taking another Bus/Taxi from Portimao to Alvor. Alvor is approximately 66km from Faro - taking less than 1 hour to drive along the excellent EU funded motorway.
This low rise holiday complex - Dunas - is within Alvor and about 5 minutes walk to the centre of this Fishing village that has many shops and restaurants. It also takes about 5 minutes to walk to the white beach. There you will find sand dunes, attractive beach cafes and free car parking. Along the coast the neast towns are Portimao to the East - about 5km by small coastal route or 12km using main roads. To the west is Lagos - a superb holiday town with a modern marina - that is 18km by road.
Close to the site is a supermarket with an ATM, chemist, a local bank with ATM and most types of holiday shops plus a wide variety of Restaurants - these include Portuguese, Indian, Italian, Chinese, plus a new Steak Bar. The Portuguese are very fond of English speakers and will serve you as friends, politely and invariably in excellent English. Many local people also speak French and German. There is a Post Office and Tourist Office a few minutes walk away.
We have successfully Registered this apartment at the nearby Town Hall of Portimao for full local Tourist Board Lodging - License No. 27868/10. Please speak to our local Agents or email us if you require further details.
In addition to local activities mentioned above you will find there are many Excursions to join that will take you for example to: caves along the coast, off shore fishing, flying along the coastline for photography perhaps, into the mountains and to the castles. Trips can often also be booked to for example Seville, Granada and Malaga in nearby Spain.
Exploring the Algarve coastline on foot, hired bicycle or car to find new and exciting scenes is very satisfying no-matter what age you are. Plus there are many and varied enjoyable restaurants that may lead to you wanting to return again and again. The weather along the Algarve varies from around 16 C in deepest winter to upper 30s C in mid-summer. It seems warm air from North Africa keeps the Algarve from the normal continental climate and we have often found it spreads inland for around 15km.
There is nightlife not far from the Dunas complex in Alvor - a nightclub attracts many people and entertains well into the night. Along the coast towards Faro is Albufeira where the busiest nightlife is organised.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Early (+6months) or Last Minute Bookings: If you decide early or perhaps at the last minute then we can offer you a holiday booking of the Apartment with a 25% or 50% discount on the advertised price if the Booking is made up to a week in advance of the holiday. The full agreed payment will be called for these bookings rather than a Deposit followed by Balance payments. However, the savings would be large - especially for a party of up to six. Booking Notes: Please call or email us to make a provisional booking that will be held in your name for a limited period. Deposits (10% of agreed price for the holiday) can be transferred by your bank electronically sent via PayPal. The balance is payable 1 month prior to holiday start date. Changeover Day: Any day you choose so long as the apartment is available. Our aim is to encourage guests to find and book their own low cost flights - which are often midweek. Notes on prices: Prices listed above are in GB Pounds for the property per night. Golfing parties often prefer visiting during the winter months. Contact us to agree a price, deposit, and a payment plan - summer or winter. Prices will be agreed for the year in which the booking is made based on the prices shown.