Sunday, 19 October 2014

Zoomarine Theme Park, Guia

If you are visiting the Algarve it is worth going along to the wonderful Zoomarine theme park, which is In Guia just a few kilometres from the CPO site.

The venue promises a full day of fun, the highlight of which is probably the opportunity to swim with the dolphins - always a massively popular attraction for kids and adults alike.

The park also boasts a 4D cinema, and a wave beach with sand and water slides. This is as well of course as all the living attractions including sharks, seals and sea lions, tropical birds and birds of prey. Plus there is a whole lot more to do - remember, this is a theme park not just a collection of animals.

The easiest way to get to Zoomarine is simply to book up with Reception at the CPO. They will make all the arrangements, including transport to and from the venue.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Restaurants and Bars at CPO

Club Praia da Oura currently has three functional bars, each offering an entirely different experience. First of all there is the Piano Bar, which abuts the Reception area. A large screen TV shows major sporting events while light entertainment is provided around the piano, or by the popular local saxophone player Rui Sá. The Piano Bar opens till late - usually 1.00am - which is handy for those arriving late from the airport at the start of their holiday.

The Pool Bar serves the area around the open air swimming pool, and is especially popular during the summer months when pool users and sunbathers are able to enjoy a pleasant drink in the sunshine.

Down towards the coast and overlooking the sea the Ocean Bar is a pleasant setting in which to enjoy a drink during the day. In the evening this forms part of the M&M Bar, where there is a wide choice of entertainment during the week including dancing, cabaret, movies, disco music and sport.


Jac's is the CPO's restaurant for all occasions, whether you wish to partake of an English or continental breakfast in the morning, a snack at lunchtime or a full evening meal.

Off site, but still within the CPO family, there is the Aqua Restaurant at the Oura View Beach Club and Café Latte at the Oura Praia Hotel.

Holidaymakers can quite literally spend the week alternating between the various bars and restaurants around the hotel group's sites without even venturing out elsewhere and still not become bored. There really is something to suit every taste.

Monday, 13 October 2014

€27 All-Inclusive Promotion at the CPO

Owners MGM Hotels are offering an all-inclusive promotion deal at the Clube Praia da Oura and at the Oura Praia and Forte da Oura Hotels.

Prices start at €27 per person per day for a studio apartment. The all-inclusive service includes:

Breakfast 8.00 - 10.00
Lunch 12.00 - 14.30
Dinner 18.00 - 22.00

Snack times 10.00 - 19.00
Drinks 10.00 - 22.30 (local beer and wine, draught soft drink and water)

This promotion is valid until 18th December 2014. Minimum stay 3 nights. For more information please click here.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Albufeira and the Algarve

Albufeira rests under the jurisdiction of the District of Faro, which is in the Algarve province on the south coast of Portugal. It incorporates an area of approximately 140 square kilometres and boasts around 40,000 residents, including some 4,000 foreign nationals. In an average year Albufeira experiences around 3,000 hours of sunshine. Its golf courses and vibrant nightlife attract visitors in large numbers from all across Europe and beyond.

Tourism as a major industry began to flourish back in the 1960s. Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. To accommodate its growing popularity the town has of necessity expanded into the once surrounding countryside areas. Montechoro, Areias de São João and Oura have joined the Old Town as centres of attraction for visitors, and the recent completion of the Marina has extended Albufeira's development from its eastern side across to Salgados and Galé in the west.

Some five million tourists visit the Algarve each year, with a good number of them traveling to Albufeira. Although this activity peaks in the summer Albufeira and the Algarve are perennial holiday destinations for many.

About the Clube Praia da Oura

Clube Praia da Oura is a hugely popular resort on the golden Albafeira beach in the Algarve. A combination of wonderful sea views, great facilities and an almost family atmosphere inspires many guests to return again and again, making friends both at the resort and with one another.

The site boasts two swimming pools, a sauna, a launderette, a restaurant, a children's play area and several bars, as well as being a short walk or bus ride away from Albufeira, both the Old Town and the famous Strip. It is also linked with four nearby hotels whose facilities are also available to CPO residents. Much of the site overlooks the beach; that part of it that doesn't is just a short stroll away.

Staff at the resort are without exception helpful. Whether you want information, need money changed or a transfer to the airport booked, or require something for your room, they are always just a 'phone call or a visit away.

A full evening entertainment schedule is provided, with many acts "touring" between CPO and its sister sites so guests are able either to visit their favourite acts across the locations or stay at "home" and watch a varied programme throughout the week. Regular acts include Michael Jackson, Elvis and Tina Turner tributes, a sax player, various vocalists, in-house Country & Western and Latin dancing shows and a great deal more. There are also regular karaoke nights and talent contents. During the day activities include dancing lessons, Portuguese language classes, archery and bird and reptile shows - to name but a few. A comprehensive list of outings and expeditions is also available each and every week, and guests can book day trips to Seville, Lisbon or Gibraltar as well as days at the market, historic adventures and safari tours.

For the British tourist the weather has appeal too. During the summer it is hot, and pool parties are held every weekday afternoon (especially enjoyable with a cocktail from the Pool Bar - Ed.). Even during the winter months it is often warm enough to sunbathe, and visitors are to be seen walking around town in vests and shorts (thereby conveniently distinguishing them from the locals, who think it is cold).

CPO really does offer the ultimate holiday experience in the popular and unspoilt beach resort that is the Algarve. Its growing "family" is testimony to the popularity of the site.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Friends of CPO

This new blog is dedicated to the Clube Praia da Oura (CPO), a leading holiday resort on the golden Albufeira beach on the sunny Algarve.

We hope to bring you news, views, information and articles, from CPO users and from all around the resort. Please feel free to leave a comment, or to send us in an article - if it's relevant, clean and in reasonably good taste we'll be happy to publish it.

Hope you enjoy the blog, and please do bookmark us and come back to visit us regularly.