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Corcovada apartment bedroom


Corcovada's apartment pool


Vila Joya


Johnny Hooper


For an absolutely unforgettable experience,


visit the Dolphin Emotions booth where visitors can dive into the sparkling turquoise waters of a lagoon and interact with dolphins for 30 minutes. Under the supervision of a trainer, swim alongside these delightful and intelligent creatures. Zoomarine also features an aquatic fun area with water slides, a wave pool, swimming pools and a large expanse of soft white sand. For more action, jump on a raft and hurtle along the rapid river or hop on the big wheel. There are a number of restaurants serving a wide range of dishes, including a delicious fish ‘n’ chip option, or take a picnic as there are a number of allocated picnic areas. Albufeira features a wide choice of


restaurants to suit every palate. For those seeking an exceptional dining experience, Vila Joya, recipient of two Michelin stars, is located on Estrada da Galé and offers a first class degustation menu, impeccable service and an extensive wine selection. The menu changes regularly, but visitors might be fortunate enough to sample the tender cheek of black pork. Selecting a wine from a cellar of 12,000 may be a daunting task, but


Arnaud, the outstanding sommelier, recommended the Quinta do Moura 2007 and it was, of course, perfect. Or, why not dine at Dom Carlos on Rua


Alves Correia? This Mediterranean style, family owned restaurant serves a very impressive five course set menu. Diners are welcome to select dishes featured on two separate menus and the roast loin of black Iberian pork, served with a Granny Smith purée and a Muscatel sauce is simply divine with a glass or two of 2013 Filipa Pato Ensaios. For a more casual affair and a truly delightful evening, visit Johnny Hooper’s Saxophone Bistro on Rua Almeida Garrett in the New Town. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as it’s a very popular venue. The menu features a wide selection of culinary delights including the house speciality: slow braised pork belly with Madeira and five spice jus, and with a glass or two of Cardeal Reserva, Dao, 2009, the delicious flavours are unforgettable. Diners are encouraged to sing along to the tunes and when the tambourines are passed around there’s no shortage of those keen to show off their skills. In the words of Herb Alpert: “Johnny Hooper plays with a lot of soul and great tone.”


There is, of course, a wide selection of


hotels in Albufeira to suit every budget. For families on limited funds, the self catering option is very popular. Consider renting a quiet and spacious two bedroom apartment, situated on the ground floor, with a large patio area, which features a dining table and comfortable sun loungers. The shared swimming pool is right opposite the patio and it’s the ideal spot for an afternoon dip. The kitchen includes all the usual appliances expected, as well as a washing machine, and unlimited WIFI is provided. The open plan dining room and lounge features a huge flat screen television with English channels and a library of DVDs. This property is located on the Parque da Corcovada complex within walking distance of Praia da Oura beach, two supermarkets and the ‘Strip’, which is crammed with lively bars and restaurants open until the early hours. Albufeira offers all this and more.


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