Some links are adverts, others are practical and useful or just plain vital.

Low Cost Travel - including car hire

  • Travelocity
    This Website has served many well and is worth comparing with other flight and Car Rental charges you find
  • Low Cost Flights
    A site mentioned as one of the best on a BBC programme about the Web
  • EasyJet Food and drink has to be bought during the flight - but Direct flights take well under 3 hours.
  • Monarch Airways Cheap and used to be a little squashed

Transfers & Car Hire - Faro and Alvor

  • Faro Airport Transfers - Offers you private transfers at Faro airport making sure you arrive at your destination on time. Operating since about 2006

  • Yellow Fish Transfers Faro Airport to Dunas Apartments, Alvor return - cost around 15 Euros per adult eachway - pay in cash

  • Faro Airport Transfers - Choice of a guest - and looks very good and low cost. Contact: Phone 00351 966 110818 and email:

  • Carlos Santana - 1st Choice of many Local Agents. Contact using the following: Phone 00351 282 459832 and email:

  • A Local Car Hire Company - We have used them once - prices compare well with the better known International Companies.

  • Bus/Train Timetable & Fares - Unofficially  English Cheapest way to travel and a great way to glimpse lots of places. Alternatively - and a somewhat faster route that is still cheaper than taxi, minibus or hiring a car - use a bus at each end of a train journey. Take the bus/taxi from Faro Airport to the Faro Railway Station, travel by train to Portimão then take another bus/taxi to Alvor.

Places to Visit  & Excursions

  • Silves
    Has a Red-Brick Crusader Castle that dominates the town. Pop concerts are held here plus the gallery, within the Castle grounds, often has fabulous Exhibits on Tour. The centre has recently been paved to a very high quality that makes a visit very worthwhile. A Cafe to one side of the Castle called Café Inglés does the most amazing dessert called - Chocolate St. Emilion.
  • Lagos
    A few minutes by car from Alvor - a busy Tourist Town with many Shops, Cafes, a recently built Marina, a Castle and Beaches to visit.
  • Monchique
    Up in the mountain area this little town on the way to the very peak - that can be reached by road.
  • Fóia
    Beyond Monchique take the road or cross country walk to the highest point in the Algarve. The Views are breath-taking at over 9000 metres with a view of the Coastline on a clear day. There is a wonderful shop there full of blankets and warm things plus a Radio/Radar Station.
  • Excursions
    All kinds of excursions will be found here - from Game Fishing, Dolphin watching to walks and Beaches.

Dining Out - snacks to great meals

  • Marco's Bar and Bistro
    Our favourite place for brilliant meals - full of good taste, spectacular cocktails and food to remind you of home while in Portugal. Marco's is a few yards from our apartment and faces the enormous outdoor pool.
  • A Review of Restaurants in Alvor
    With emphasis on fish and specia
    l outings this Website gives a good feel as to what is on offer in Alvor. 
  • Premier Eating Out
    Here is a list of the Finest places to eat out - on the Algarve. Many are in and around Almansil - a small but very expensive town close to Faro and a clutch of Golf Courses.

Children Want Fun

  • Zoomarine
    One of the popular places for families or just a day away from the beach
  • For the Kids
    This Website has been visited before and here are lots of ideas to explore with the younger ones.

After Dark - Bars and Clubs

  • Nightlife A link to many places along the Algarve

  • The Venue - A Night Club we have seen in Alvor - a short walk from the Apartment, so you may also wish to pop along the coast for more excitement.
  • Voxx Bar - Late & Lively - the Strip, Praia da Rocha, Tel (00351) 289 555 555.
  • Bizarro Bar - LOW KEY - Espleade, Albufeira - newly renovated bar overlooking the beach - great for drinks in the sunset.

Health Emergencies

Emergency number: 112

    There is a chemist on the site and when closed the nearest one open should be posted on the door.
    Hospital Faro:  tel. 289- 803411
    Hospital Portimão: tel. 282-450300
    Hospital Lagos: tel. 282-763034
    Private clinic: Hospital Particular do Algarve (Alvor/Portimão): tel 282-420400
    Smaller places often have a Centro de Saude (Health Centre)

    NB Albufeira and Lagos have 24 hour International Health Centres.

    Faro and Portimão have proper emergency departments. Other hospitals can handle less serious needs.

Local Banks, ATMs and Shop Hours

  • Essential Opening Hours
    See here the general opening hours plus. You will usually find a 'Multibanco' ATM in most supermarkets and shopping areas.

  •  Multibanco in Portugal
    More information about this 24 hour cash system.

    Best local place for banks is Portimão - a few minutes down the road by car. You will even find a few Barclays Banks along the Algarve including one in Portimão.

A Few Useful Words and Phrases

  • Language - just a little
    This link also takes you on to common words and phrases - especially useful when out of the tourist areas.
  • Some vehicular traffic rules:

  • Within the built-up area: 60km/hr
  • Outside the built-up area: 90km/hr
  • Main roads: 100km/hr
  • Motorways: 120km/hr
  • The wearing of seat bells is compulsory.
  • Alcohol-blood limit: 50mg per 100ml.
  • Insurance and a valid national Driver's License is compulsory.

SKY Diving

    How about this for something different?

Some Ideas from an ex-patriot

Security, Tourist Office & Reception

Emergency number: 112
  • Fire Brigade

    Portimão - 282 422122

  • Police

    Portimão - 282 417217

  • Posto de Turismo de Alvor
    Rua Dr. Afonso Costa nº 51
    8500-016 ALVOR
    Tel. +351 282 457 540

  • Marco's Bar/Bistro at Dunas da Alvor - Loja 16
    Contacts: Jackie and Mark White - who are on site and will be keen to help and advise you on almost any topic.
    (00 351) 282 457 548
  • Telephone Number at Dunas Reception
    (00 351) 282 460 500

A Local Consulate and the main Church

  • British Consulate - Local Portimão
  • Largo Francisco A Maurício 7-1,
    8500 Portimão
    Tel. 282- 417800  From the UK: 00 351 282-417800

  • Church of Alvor
    Here you will find the only building left intact after the earthquake of 1755. The style shows off the fishing village and there is a brilliant view of the estuary from the church tower.

Alvor Bus Timetable

Alvor - Local Bus Timetable - late 2007

Alvor's Local private airport for Sightseeing Flights and Sky Sports

Alvor - Local Airport


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