Q Where do I fly to?
Faro Airport is the nearest, and is less than a 1-hour drive along a relatively quiet dual-carriageway and motorway. We give you detailed directions to the
villa, GPS co-ordinates and a little map. It will be easy to find!
Lisbon Airport is
3-hour drive, again almost all
Q How do I pay?
You can pay by
VISA or MasterCard by phoning us, or by Bank
Transfer, details on request.
All of our prices and payments are in Euros.
Q What TV
Channels can I see in Portugal?
Prior to 2014 many properties in the Algarve had a satellite
dish that could pick up lots of the British terrestrial TV
channels and some free Sky channels. However in early 2014
the Sky satellite which served Spain and Portugal was switched
off resulting in the loss of these channels. Some houses
now have an
internet-based android box in conjunction with the TV set but
this can be problematic and is very dependent on the quality of
the internet connection. Other houses have opted for one
of the local TV systems with Portuguese, English, German, French
and Spanish language channels including children's programmes,
Sky and BBC news and some entertainment channels. Please
ask if you need more information.
Q Does the
property have Wi Fi?
Most of our properties now provide free Wi Fi and the connection
details are in the information folder in the property.
Q Can I
arrive early on my first day?
The arrival time at the property is 15.00. This gives
sufficient time for the cleaning staff to have the property
fully prepared for your holiday.
Q Is there an
extra charge if I arrive late?
There is no extra charge for arriving late. Most
properties have a key safe which allows for access to the
property at any time.
Q Can I have
a late departure time on my last day?
Leaving later than the normal 10 am departure time will
compromise the cleaning schedules and therefore the arrival time of the next guests.
If you wish to use the property after 10 am on your departure
day it is necessary to extend the booking by a day.
Q Do I need to hire a Car?
From the Acacias villas the
is within a 5 minute walk, and 10 minutes walk will get you to
the Blue Flag Beach.
restaurants/bars and a few small supermarkets within walking
distance and a Bank and Post Office. A car is not necessary, though an
advantage for making trips to visit beaches and villages along
the coast and to the mountains. The walk to the beach is
downhill and the walk back is uphill. We like the walk
back from the restaurant as it makes us feel less guilty for
having eaten too much, but some people prefer to drive!
From Luz Parque
the walk to the village and beach takes a few minutes more, but the sea views as you walk
From Luz Bay the
walk takes about 2 or 3 minutes to the beach and village.
From the Bela Vista Villas
the walk to the village and beach is a little further about 15 -
25 minutes, and the walk back is uphill - so a
car is recommended.
For villas in
Porto do Mos the beach and restaurants and small shops are
within a 10 - 15 minute walk. A walk to Lagos centre would
take about 40 minutes.
There is a cheap regular bus service
da Luz and Porto do Mos and Burgau with Lagos, and in summer a bus to Zoo Marine
and other water parks. And Taxis are inexpensive
Car Hire costs in
low season are very reasonable. However, in summer the
cost of hiring a car may not be a lot different to the return
transfers price so if you wish to explore the area maybe it may
suit you to hire a car which would give you the option of exploring
the wonderful surrounding countryside and south west coastline.
drive from Faro Airport to Luz is very straightforward,
an hour's drive which is almost all on motorway with just the
last 6 Km on local roads.
Q Can you arrange
a Private Transfer?
Yes we can arrange for you to be collected at Faro airport
and brought to the door of your villa/apartment, and then
returned to Faro airport on your last day. This is not
shared with other people and it is a personal 'door to door'
service. We will arrange the transfer for you, giving
your flight details and mobile phone contact number to the
transfer company, and payment is made directly to the driver at
the airport. The cost is approx. EU 175 Return in
an air conditioned car. For more than 4 people a mini-bus
is needed and the cost is Euro 195 Return.
Q How far is
it from Faro Airport?
A The distances from Faro Airport are as
Lagos: 90 Km, approx. 55 minutes
Porto do Mos: 90 Km, approx. 55 minutes
Praia da Luz: 95 Km, approx. 55
Burgau: 99 Km, approx. 1 hour
What's the weather like?
The gentle sea
breezes from the Atlantic generally temper the summer heat
keeping the temperatures from getting too hot and humid. Autumn
and Spring weather can be very pleasant, with warm sunny days
and cooler evenings. In winter the weather can be mixed, with
some rain, but quite a lot of nice,
sunny days. The temperatures in the winter generally
average 10C warmer than in U.K. and Ireland. Winter
evenings after sunset are cool, but the sun sets about an hour
later in the Algarve than in U.K./Ireland.
What happens if I need a Doctor when on holiday? Or a
A There is an excellent multi-lingual
international medical facility in Luz
They provide a wide range of facilities, and have after hours
cover too. They even have the facilities to deal with
external referrals for people under medical care at home and to
deal with many foreign medical insurance companies.
Also there is a
good health centre in Lagos, Center do Saude, and in Lagos
there is very good private facility,
Hospital S. Goncalo. The large regional hospital in Portimao
is about 30 minutes from the villa.
There is a dental clinic in Luz, and many others in nearby
happens if there is a problem when I am on holiday?
The villa manager will assist with any problems that arise.
We give you contact details before you go on holiday. The maids
may be able to help with minor problems ... and you can of course also
contact us in Ireland!