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One of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, around five million people a year visit for its miles of golden beaches, superb golf courses and endless hours of sunshine.
Here’s your guide on how to find cheap flights and bargain airfares to the Algarve.
Although the Algarve is widely known as a top summer holiday destination, it is actually blessed with a relatively warm climate all year round – even in the winter. Spring and summer are long and hot, often extending into late October, and the winter months are mild. Plus, if you can travel in low season, you will find great deals on accommodation as well as cheap flights.
Travel in the summer for almost guaranteed sunshine and long hours spent on the more than 120 miles of golden sand. This is the most busy and popular time of year to travel but also when you’ll find the most available activities and excursions.
The golf courses, another of the region’s big attractions, are also open all year round, and playing in shorts and t-shirt is possible at most times of the year. The water comes in off the Atlantic so remains cool, which is great news in the heat of the summer but can be a little chilly for relaxed swimming in the winter.
There are numerous regular and cheap flights to Algarve airports, with year-round services from a number of providers. Due to popular demand, prices can go up in the busy summer season – especially during school holidays. You are advised to book early, or during term time, in order to get the best choice of cheap flights to Faro.
In the lower season of spring and summer, and off season of winter, cheap flights to Algarve airports are generally easier to find. However, due to the Algarve’s immense popularity with holidaymakers and retirees, prices remain fairly constant throughout the year. You can use the Expedia search bar to find Faro flights from a number of UK airports to the Algarve, with the best available deals and various flight options to choose from.
Here are some of the most popular airports for flights to the Algarve.
There are two main airports located in the Algarve.
Faro is the larger of the two and the main airport for this region. It’s located two miles outside of the city.
The airport has a number of car hire options, and there are private and public transfer options available to the city and other destinations in the region.
Portimao is a small airport with a limited number of international flights, located in Montes de Alvor near the city of Portimao.
Direct and indirect Algarve flights are available from a number of different carriers.
There are multiple options for onward travel if you’re travelling from London to Algarve airports. The main airport at Faro is well placed for access to the region’s two major roads: the national road N125 and highway A22, which stretch across the region. The N125 is a free road but tolls do apply on the A22.
You can also travel by bus, with a good network available, and train with a main line running east to west across the Algarve. Tickets can be bought in advance online or at the station on the day and are generally affordable. There are also plenty of reasonably priced taxis – look out for beige or black and green coloured cabs which operate to and from the airport.
The old, walled city of Lagos is home to narrow winding streets and lively nightlife. It’s also a great place to go if you like water sports, such as surfing and kayaking, with numerous schools and rental options available. The red stone castle at Silves stands at the very southwestern edge of Europe gazing out towards the Atlantic and the Americas. And the Monchique mountains are covered with fragrant eucalyptus forest, ideal for walking holidays.
However, the main attraction in the Algarve is without doubt the huge selection of beaches stretching along the coast. You can also catch a boat out on a wild dolphin watching adventure, go for a gentle cycle along the coast or play a round or two of golf.
Portugal is in the same international time zone as the UK. It is a member of the EU: if you are a UK passport holder there are no visas or travel restrictions applicable.