Q  Where do I fly to?

A   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 motorway/dual carriageway.

 

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 village is within a 5 minute walk, and 10 minutes walk will get you to the Blue Flag Beach

There are 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 are lovely.

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 linking Praia 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 too!

 

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.

 

The 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?

A  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?

The distances from  Faro Airport are as follows:

     Lagos:  89.5 Km,   approx.  55 minutes

     Porto do Mos:  91.5 Km,  approx.  55 minutes

     Praia da Luz:   93.5 Km,  approx.  55 minutes

     Burgau:   99.5 Km,  approx.  1 hour

 

Q  What's the weather like?

A   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.

 

Q  Are the Acacias Villas in the village?

A   The 'Acacias' Villas are in a small, quiet development of 37 villas just above the village of Praia da Luz, beside the Rua 25 de Abril/Burgau Road junction, with no through traffic and ample parking.  The village is close enough to be easily accessible, but yet far enough away to ignore it, if that is what you prefer!

Within a 5 minute walk there is a small local shop which sells newspapers, basic grocery items, liquor etc.  Walking down 'Rua de 25 de Abril' there is a small supermarket, a hardware/gift shop and further down the street are 3 restaurants, a bar, LuzDoc International Medical Centre, Dental Clinic and at the end is the village square with Bank & ATM, the Church, Bus Stop, Taxi Rank

The village has Bank, Post Office, Chemist, 4 small supermarkets and an internet cafe. There are 30+ Restaurants, Bars and a nightclub. There are a couple of quality clothes shops and a number of gift and jewellery shops, with a wider selection of everything in Lagos, 6 Km miles away.

 

Q  What happens if I need a Doctor when on holiday?  Or a dentist?

 There is an excellent multi-lingual international medical facility in Luz called LuzDoc,  www.luzdoc.com.    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 and a very good private facility, Hospital S. Goncalo in Lagos.  There is a large regional hospital at Portimao about 30 minutes from the villa.   There is a dental clinic in Luz, and many others in nearby Lagos.

 

Q What 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, though sometimes their English is limited ... and you can of course also contact us in Ireland!

 

 

Tel:  00353 51 388111        Mobile/Cell:  00353 87 2314566  

info@luzbeach.com

                     

Roger and Patricia Knight

Algarve Villas Luz Limited

Warren Farm, Whitechurch, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 YW02. Ireland

 

We will look after your reservation details personally and we can take your holiday payments by VISA or MasterCard or Bank Transfer.

 

We have a first class team to look after you, take care of practical things and provide a friendly face as well.

We can also arrange a private transfer from Faro airport to the property, if you do not wish to rent a car!

 

 

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