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Clube Praia da Oura resort, Allbufeira, Portugal

We spent a week in November at the Clube Praia da Oura resort at Albufeira. The resort is positioned on the beach with historic Albufeira town a scenic two mile walk away.

It consists of 561 self-catering apartments, all with views 0f the Atlantic or the hotel”s gardens and pools.It has two swimming pools, sauna, bowling green, bars, disco, restaurant and barbecue terrace.

There are walkways down to a small beach and the landscaping of the hotel gives it a pleasant tropical ambience.

Some of the units in the Clube Praia da Oura are a bit outdated but rooms are spacious and comfortable with good catering facilities. It is worth finding out exactly where your room is as some undoubtedly have better balcony views than others.


Sister Act

There is a sister resort just over the road – the Oura-View Beach Club – and then there is a 4-star hotel nearby, the Oura Praia Hotel. All are owned by Petchey Leisure and in November were all offering rooms for between 20 and 30 euros a night on booking.com.

There is a good mix of restaurants between the three complexes and it is certainly worth noting the times of happy hours and taurus horoscope love usually has many love affairs. special evening promotions. The hotel”s two-for-one steak night offers good eating at good value.

The famous Albufeira strip is just a short walk away and in the winter this is a blessing as a lot of bars and restaurants are still open at a quiet time of year.

It’s not guaranteed sunbathing weather although we did get a couple of days on the beach.  It is pretty much guaranteed to be mostly mild weather and hordes of German and Dutch visitors drive and fly down to the Algarve at this time of year to beat the winter blues.

The Algarve offers fascinating coastal walks which abound in vibrant colours and there are also hill walks to be enjoyed. You can see what the coast and the weather was like in my separate report on Albufeira.

For a budget break from the cold at this time of year it is hard to beat the Algarve coast of Portugal. There are great connections from the UK to its gateway airport of Faro.

Airport transfers are cheap if you shop around meaning you can spread your net for hotels which are as much as an hour”s drive away. Check out www.cheapesttaxis.com/

It”s not hard to find good family accommodation for around 25 euros a night.




Bordeaux – majestic French city and premier wine region

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Magnificent buildings on its remodelled quayside on the River Garonne set off Bordeaux as a majestic city with something to offer everyone.
Modern trams glide by noiselessly as you stroll the gleaming malls and the quayside promenade is a magnet for walkers, skaters and cyclists.
Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007, the city is growing in favour as a city break destination and two night bed and breakfast deals starting from E100 a person are on offer at www.bordeaux-tourisme.com
A wine festival at the end of June celebrates its place at the heart of the Bordeaux wine trail.
None can dispute the Gironde’s claim to be a land where the living is good.
Cookery lessons, vineyard visits and wine workshops are on offer along with the chance to have your wedding in a wine chateau.
Budget flights from Liverpool and Edinburgh.
Train from London to Paris is 2 hours 15 minutes and from Paris by TGV high speed train another 3 hours. Info at www.http://eurostar.com
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