We’ve chosen the western Algarve for our third full-time location for Soul & Surf. It is perfectly located to give us access to the quaint beauty of the south coast with it’s rolling hills and pretty coves and caves and also the wild, rugged, weathered western atlantic coast for more dramatic landscapes and beaches.
We are located just outside of the town and marina of Lagos, with it’s walled old-town crammed full of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s a one hour drive west from Faro Airport towards Vila Do Bispo. The farmhouse feels deep within the Portuguese countryside, yet we are just a 10 minute drive from Lagos and from the closest surf spot.
Getting To Lagos
The closest airport is Faro, and you can easily fly direct here from many European hubs. You can fly return from London for around £100, 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.
Getting to Us From the Airport
Airport transfers aren’t included in the cost but we can help you organise this and will try to hook you up with other guests traveling on the same flights as you to spread the cost if you want.. The price for a 4 passenger taxi from the airport is about €100. If you want to make your own way from the airport, we can suggest Vibel Taxis as they have set prices per car.
Alternatively, there is a shuttle bus that will take you from the airport to Lagos from €15 when booked in advance where we can arrange to pick you up.
Or if you want to be independent there are numerous car hire companies at Faro airport. Prices starting from €30 a day, But you won’t have much use for a car whilst you are with us.
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 the USA can stay up to 90 days. Other nationals are advised to check visa requirements.
Despite its 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. Just so you don’t tempt fate, bring a waterproof and a warm jumper or two for the cooler evenings.
For surfing, you’ll be needing a wetsuit. A 4/3 or a 3/2 are both good for those Atlantic rollers, depending on the time of year and how comfortable you are in cooler waters. Bring your own for comfort, otherwise we can supply you one for the week.