This was our 1st stay at the Vasco Da Gama in Monte Gordo, Algarve and it certainly won’t be our last. Although the coastline was a little built up, it didn’t think it unattractive in the slightest. In fact, we thought it was a very charming place. The resort itself is very flat which was a great plus for my husband who uses a walking stick and would be suitable for others with mobility problems. The resort of Monte Gordo is unspoilt and has a great selection of bars and restaurants although the nightlife is fairly low key but that suited us, although there is a casino. There are some lovely nature walks nearby and you can walk for miles along the beach.
The location of our hotel was perfect as it is situated right on the beach, which is spectacular. The beach is so clean and was uncrowded we visited just a few weeks ago, and I can imagine it getting busy during peak season, especially in August.
Our room was freshly decorated, and we had a wonderful view from our balcony. The room also had the best bed we’ve ever slept on on holiday. Maids cleaned our room daily and each time we left our towels out they were replaced with fluffy fresh ones. The hotel’s public areas are all very well maintained adorned with beautiful floral displays. The pool and garden areas are well kept and all the staff are really friendly and helpful. They really went out of their way to help us.
One day we took the ferry from the village of Vila Real across to Spain. The crossing only took 15 minutes and cost just a few Euros. Once docked in Spain, we wandered the beautiful cobbled streets and found plenty quaint little boutiques and pretty shops selling some lovely items. I got a beautifully carving as a souvenir for my home and a couple of pieces of delicate hand made jewellery. We came across some lovely restaurants but ate at a little café on a quiet side street because it looked just so inviting.
Madge and Ernest.