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Full Force Gale

(Van Morrison) – Hotel Vila Gale, Cascais, Portugal

Earlier in the year a friend recommended a ‘singles’ holiday company to me, and when I received an email describing a short break at Cascais, on the coast outside Lisbon, for the Christmas break I thought it would be worth investigating.

The trip from Lisbon’ Humberto Delgado Airport too around thirty minutes on a coach (I was travelling with a ‘singles’ group) and we were promptly checked in.

My room (246) was spacious and clean, with laminate floor, mini-bar, and safe – although there was an extra charge for the safe. There was a balcony with a partial sea view, full sea view rooms were charged at a premium.

Bizarrely, there was a kitchen range behind some sliding doors.

Meals were buffet style, the food was good and plentiful, although it struggled to stay warm; after a few days the buffet became monotonous; a long stay would quickly see it become tiresome.

The bar was comfortable, and Bruno the barman was swift and efficient.

Outside, it’s a fifteen minute walk into the centre of Cascais, itself a charming town with a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

There’s also a bar two minutes up the road from the hotel gates.

I had, as I mentioned earlier, booked this as part of a package, but would happily stay at the Vila Gale again.

Rating: ★★★★½