Cheap flights to the Algarve are available from Manchester Airport as well as Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports near London. Some flights to the Algarve may also depart from other regional airports around the UK. Flights to the Algarve will arrive at Faro Airport in the capital city of Faro. Buses operated by EVA provide connections between the airport and the EVA bus terminal in Faro city centre. Taxis are available from the taxi stands in front of the Arrivals Hall of the airport.
A train service connects Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the east, near the Spanish border. However, it skips many of the popular tourist resorts, and services may not always run on time. Check the CP website for more information. A number of bus companies including EVA, Renex and Rede Nacional de Expressos provide services between most of the cities and towns in the Algarve. Check their respective websites for more information on routes and timetables. Express services are available for longer journeys. Tickets for these will have to be booked at least a day in advance – many hotels and tourist information centres will be able to help with this. Most of the major cities will have a local bus service that serves the city and surrounding areas. Taxis are also readily available for shorter journeys within cities and to nearby suburbs.
The Algarve has been a classic holiday destination for decades – its warm climate and wonderful beaches an irresistible lure for those escaping a gloomy winter in the UK. Lagos’ Old Town is lined with evocative cobblestoned streets and ancient buildings. The atmospheric Silves Castle looms over the town of Silves, and is a sight to behold at sunset, when its russet coloured bricks catch the fading sun. Journey to Cape St. Vincent, the southernmost point in Europe and once thought of as the end of the world by the Romans. Explore Faro’s Old City, or soak up the balmy weather at the Praia de Faro. Visit Fisherman’s Beach in Albufeira’s Old Town and enjoy the sight of fishermen pulling their boats in by hand, just as they have done for centuries.
Stroll down Rua 25 de Abril in Lagos and discover the colourful little ceramic shops lining both sides of the street. Most cities in the Algarve have a monthly market day taking place in and around the main square. The stalls stock brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, as well as handmade crafts and souvenirs. In Faro, visit the O Aldeao restaurant for a taste of Algarvian cuisine featuring a bounty of seafood. The Vila Joya Restaurant in Albufeira is a Michelin-starred eatery offering French-influenced cuisine made with local ingredients. Party hard at Joe’s Garage in Lagos, where the staff wield chainsaws and the bartenders are fond of starting fires.