Your holiday starts the moment you land in Faro. Everything is relatively close by in the Algarve, so getting to and from your villa is quick and easy. If you’re planning self-catering holidays in the Algarve, then our top tip is to hire a car and stop off at the local village market to pick up some fresh produce along the way.
Flights from the UK
These land at Faro Airport, and take around three hours, depending on where you fly from. Because Algarve is so popular, you’ll find that most regional airports fly to Faro from early in the season. If you want to get here out of season then you may need to go to a larger UK airport such as Birmingham or Manchester.
The road network
This is very good, although be aware that some of the more ‘rural’ roads are more track-like than proper roads. The A22 (IP1) motorway goes all the way from Bensafrim in the west to Monte Francisco on the border. Remember to drive on the right!
If you prefer to use public transport then all the towns and villages are connected by buses. However, the best way to get around is using the Algarve railway service, which connects Lagos all the way to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish border. It’s a fun way to see the region, and train tickets are cheap.
Boat links to the Algarve
There’s a ferry that runs between Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Ayamonte in Spain, and is popular with tourists. The Guadiana International Bridge is the main route into the Algarve from Spain. If you want to go island hopping over to Gran Canaria then there is a ferry to Portimao from Madeira, but be warned, it only runs a couple of times a month.