Hotel Porta Nova

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Oct, 2012

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I went on holiday with my daughter-in-law's mum, ie. the other grandma! We spent four and a half days with family who were staying in a nearby town. We went to the island of Tavira, which is a ferry ride away and where there is wonderful food , mainly fish, fresh sea bream, sea bass, silver fish, golden bream etc. cooked on a barbecue. We played 'Piggy in the Middle' and beach cricket and went in the sea and dug sand castles. Tavira itself is a beautiful old unspoilt town with plenty to do. There are old churches and a castle and an excellent science museum where my family had to tear themselves away after 3 hours and wished to return next day! There are bridges across the river and at night it is all lit up and very romantic. My family were staying at Olhao so we travelled by bus to join them and visited one of the islands, which I love – the small houses and bars are enchanting and you can watch the fishermen in the harbour, or walk across the island to a wonderful golden beach which is almost deserted and swim in the sea. The food at one of the small cafes is exceptionally good. Our hotel was very clean and all the staff were very efficient and friendly. The bar is on the top floor and the views, especially at night are breath taking. The hotel has a huge outdoor pool with loungers and warm showers. There is also an indoor sauna, gymn and large jacuzzi or small jacuzzi-like pool. I played golf with my son and grandson on 2 nearbye great courses. I have discovered that rather than pay £60 return to teke golf clubs, one can hire clubs and golf shoes at the airport – clubs for £30 upwards. My week flew by and I was sad to leave not only the sun but the people I met there, not only the kind portugese but other friends I made of different nationalities. I really look forward to going to Tavira again and to staying at the same hotel, where many guests return to year after year.


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