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Where to Store Your Luggage in Faro

If you’re arriving into Faro before you can check into your accommodation, the last thing you want to do is wander around the city with suitcases and backpacks. While Faro isn’t hilly, the weather can be quite warm—especially in the height of summer. Not much fun when you’re lugging around your luggage. Thankfully, there are a few places where you can drop your bags for a few hours, days, and even weeks. Many of these

Guia (A Guide)

According to local oral history, the town of Guia was established after the Virgin Mary appeared to some people there. It’s difficult to know whether that was actually the reason Guia was established. The Nossa Senhora da Guia hermitage was built sometime in the 1600s and Guia became a Parish in 1617 but, aside from local stories, there’s very little to explain how the town came to be. Guia could well be another Fátima, a

Vale do Lobo

Vale do Lobo is a luxury beach and golf resort in the Central Algarve, around 25 minutes’ drive from Faro. A part of the “Golden Triangle” that comprises of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago, Vilamoura, and Almancil, the resort is known for its luxury hotels, stylish homes, and fine dining restaurants. Vale do Lobo attracts wealthy holidaymakers, particularly those interested in golf. Over the years a number of celebrities have stayed here including

What it’s Like to Live in The Algarve… Should You Move Here?

With more than 300 days of sunshine, over 100 beaches, and a relatively low cost of living, the Algarve is one of the most popular expat destinations in Europe.  Many people imagine the Algarve to be beach resorts and, while that does exist, it’s only one side of the Algarve (mainly Albufeira and Praia da Rocha). The Algarve is roughly 155 km in width, and the region stretches from the Atlantic on the West Coast to

Faro Airport (Guide)

Faro Airport is the Algarve’s regional airport, connecting the Algarve with airports in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Ireland, and elsewhere. Regardless of where you’re staying on the Algarve, whether it’s Albufeira or Aljezur, this is going to be your nearest airport. You can also fly into Lisbon Airport, which is just under three hours away by car, or Seville Airport which is a similar distance, but Faro Airport is generally the most convenient

Castro Marim (Guide)

Castro Marim is a small town that’s located right next to the bridge that crosses the Guadiana River, connecting Spain and Portugal together. The town is small, but packed full of historical attractions like the Castelo de Castro Marim, Forte de São Sebastião, and the Igreja Matriz Castro Marim. Nearby, the natural reserve (Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António Marsh Natural Reserve) is a popular place for walking, cycling, and bird watching. Featured

Raposeira (Guide)

Anyone who’s spent any time on on the Algarve’s West Coast will have driven through Raposeira at some point. Located roughly 10 minutes’ drive from Sagres, and just 5 minutes’ drive from Vila do Bispo, Raposeira is one of those places that you end up passing through as you drive along the N125. The traffic lights just outside of the town mean you usually end up pausing there temporarily, but that usually isn’t enough to

Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Vila Real de Santo António (Guide)

Vila Real de Santo António is a small town that sits on the Portuguese side of the Guadiana River on the Portuguese-Spanish border. With just a few restaurants in the town centre, this is quite a small and quaint town but one that’s certainly picturesque and deserving of a visit. Its location next to Spain is ideal for those that want to visit both Spain and Portugal in one trip. You can get a ferry

bars and shops in sagres

What it’s Like to Live in Sagres… Should You Move Here?

Sagres is a small town on the western tip of the Western Algarve. It’s popular with surfers and so attracts a younger crowd as well as daytrippers who come to visit the nearby fortress and lighthouse. With a market, supermarket, and plenty of restaurants, it could make a good base for those that want to live on the Algarve’s West Coast. Sagres is famous for its connection to the Portuguese explorers. It is believed that

What it’s Like to Live in Aljezur… Should You Move Here?

Aljezur is a small town in the far north of the Western Algarve, less than 20 minutes’ drive from the Algarve-Alentejo border. The town sits on the edge of the Park Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa, the protected natural park that covers most of the Western Coast of the Algarve. The town has several restaurants, cafés, and an Intermarché supermarket, and many people use it as a base for exploring this part of