Location & Travel
We are located in the village of Figueira a one hour drive west from Faro Airport towards Sagres. When you arrive in Figueira you will find Casa Meranka in the village center opposite the bar.
The closest aiport is Faro, and you can easily fly direct here from many European hubs. You can fly return from London for around £100 in May, or from many other European airports for around €140.
We tend to browse Skyscanner.net to get the full picture for long-haul flights as they seem to offer the best range of deals from different airlines.
From the Airport
We do not include airport transfers in the cost but can help you organise this and hope to hook you up with other guests travelling on the same flights as you to spread the cost. The price for a 4 passenger taxi from the airport is about €90. If you want to make your own way from the airport, we can suggest Vibel Taxis as they have set prices per car.
There is no direct train to Figueria, but you can get a train from the airport to Lagos (€ 7,20 regional train) then get a bus to Figueria (€3.80) This bus should take around 45 minutes.
Or take the bus to Lagos (€5.85) and change bus to go to Figueira (€3,80)
Applying for a Portuguese visa is not required for nationalities from the EU countries (who may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months). Residents from Australia, Canada, or USA can stay up to 90 days. Other nationals are advised to check visa requirements.
This is Europe and we are dealing with Mother Nature – sometimes she delivers and sometimes she doesn’t want to play. We want to surf every day, that’s why we do this, but if this is just not possible we can recommend and organise some other activities. We’ve teamed up with some local business to help deliver different activities if it does go flat or you just fancy trying something different.
Stand-Up Paddle tours – A 3 hour exploration of the local coastline from €50 per person
Hiking / Walking tours – Go for a stomp on some wild beaches or trek the national parks and check out some ancient ruins. 3-6 hours from €30 per person
Horse-riding / Hacking – There are some stables located just 5 minutes away from Casa Meranka, they are highly experienced and extremely good value. Price depending on your needs.
Despite it’s position in the Atlantic, the Algarve has more of a Mediterranean feel, keeping it warm during the day and slightly cooler as the sun goes down, with a very low chance of rain. On average the Algarve receives 6mm of rain per month. Don’t be fooled though, the water in this part of the Atlantic will still have a chill to it, so 3’2 wetsuits are a must!