Portugal/Spain 2014 travel blog

1 - Avis Branch Manager

2 - Quinto do Lago

3 - Conrad Algarve

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13 - Modern art exhibition

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15 - Marco Pedna, Vera Machado, Joachim Hartl

16 - Andrew McGie - Executive Chef

17 - Louro's restaurant

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19 - Dario Schiavoni, Manager, and Mike Braeutigam, Head Chef

20 - Gusto's restaurant

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26 - Conrad Suite

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37 - Quinto do Lago shopping center

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41 - Beachwalk to Vilamoura

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55 - Faro

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The Algarve is the region on the southern coast of Portugal along the Mediterranean and has weather very different from the rest of Portugal. Its stunning coastline and year-round mild weather make it one of the most popular holiday destinations in southern Europe.

We flew from Lisbon to Faro where we rented a car from Avis that we were going to use for the remainder of our trip. The Avis branch manager went far beyond the call of duty to get us the kind of car we needed, for which we were deeply grateful.

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CONRAD ALGARVE

Although we normally like to stay at a hotel that is right on the waterfront, we found that those hotels in the Algarve were the older hotels. The newest five star hotel, the Conrad Algarve, ranked consistently #1 on Trip Advisor for the region even though it is a few miles from the beachfront. However, it has a free shuttle that takes you to and from the hotel’s private beach.

We are so very glad we made this choice as the hotel is quite architecturally exquisite. Our hotel was in the town of Quinta do Lago, on the eastern part of the Algarve, where all the five star hotels and best golf courses are located.

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Exterior

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Interior

The lobby had one of the most unique art exhibits we had ever seen.

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The management and staff made us feel so very welcome and went out of their way to make our stay a memorable one.

Marco Pedna, Food & Beverage Manager; Vera Machado, Front of the House Manager, and Joachim Hartl, General Manager

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We continued to enjoy the delicious food we were discovering in Portugal

Executive Chef, Andrew McGie

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Our daily sumptuous breakfast buffet at Louro’s

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Fine dining at Gusto’s

Dario Schiavoni, Manager, and Mike Braeutigam, Head Chef

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Pre-dinner drinks and music in the restaurant lounge

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Chefs who prepared our delicious dinner.

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The “piece de resistance” of our stay was our tasting menu with wine pairings.

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The Conrad Suite

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Vilamoura Shopping Center

Across the street from the hotel was a small Portuguese style high-end shopping center with retail shops, restaurants, a bank and supermarket.

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There are many interesting and quaint towns to visit along the coast of the Algarve. We choose to visit two of the nearest, Vilamoura, a few miles to the west of our hotel, and Faro, a few miles to the east of our hotel.

VILAMOURA

As Vilamoura was only about three miles west of our hotel, we were able to take a lovely long walk along the beach to reach it, have lunch, and take a taxi back to our hotel.

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FARO

Faro has been the capital of the Algarve since 1756 and thus has an interesting historic city center. It is also where the major airport to the region is located.

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