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 are less than an hours drive from Faro Airport using the A22 toll road.
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 Faro Airport
Airport transfers aren’t included in the cost, the price for a private transfer starts at €71.50 with Yellow Fish Transfer a 4 passenger taxi from Vibel Taxis is about €100. A private, direct transfer will should get you to Soul & Surf in under an hour.
If you want to be independent there are numerous car hire companies at Faro airport. Prices starting from €30 a day, this is a good option if you’re on an All Week Long Package and want to do some exploring on the non surf day.
Alternatively, there is a shuttle bus that will take you from the airport to Lagos from €15 when booked in advance. The shuttle bus can drop you at Lagos bus station, where there is also a taxi rank. We are less than 10 minutes and €7 away.
The shuttle bus can be the cheapest option for a reason, with often long waits at the airport and a journey time of 2 or more hours when busy. If you’re flight is getting in after 5pm and you don’t want to miss the evenings activities we advise a quicker option!
Getting to Us From Lisbon
Lisbon is a fun city with culture, great food and is well worth adding to your itinerary. But we have found that travelling with surfboards around Lisbon on public transport is not easy and we would suggest hiring a car to make it easier.
The fastest route to us from Lisbon follows the A2 expressway to the Algarve and then the A22 to Lagos. When renting a car be sure to get a transponder that allows you to pre-pay for the toll roads.
You can avoid the toll cost by following the more scenic coastal road but your travel time and fuel cost will double. Prices for car hire start from around €30 a day, more if you want to drop at a different location. Toll roads are around €30 each way.
The cheapest and easiest way to get to Lagos, the closest town to Soul & Surf, is either by bus or by train and there is very little to separate them. You can get a direct express bus or a slightly more relaxing train that requires a connection in Tunes. Both journey times come in at under four hours and both cost around €20 – €30
There are multiple bus stations in Lisbon, but Sete Rois is the main one, and you should book in advance.
The intercity train between Tunes and Lisbon must be pre-booked and tickets for the full journey can be purchased from any train station or online.
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.