This page tells you about the many ways you can travel to the villa from U.K. We try & keep it up-to-date but things change constantly so please – use it as a starting point rather than a comprehensive guide.
Airports in Portugal/Spain
The main airport in Portugal for the Algarve is Faro. The flight time is around 2.5 hrs from the UK. Allow another hour to collect baggage, clear customs, & collect your hire car. From leaving the airport allow 45min – 1hr for the car journey to the villa.
Lisbon airport is an alternative which involves a longer drive to the villa but is often a cheaper flight alternative & can therefore be attractive if you have a large party. The flight time is slightly less than to Faro but the journey by car is about 2.5hrs (by motorways) to the villa. There is also a toll (about £10 each way) on the motorway.
Seville (Spain) is sometimes even cheaper. The flight time is the same as Faro, the journey time by car is 2.5hrs & there are fewer motorway tolls. There are no customs or border control between Spain & Portugal. It is a relatively new destination for some carriers & hence the costs are lower. If you do chose to fly to Seville, make sure that your hire car has insurance for taking it into Portugal.
Both Ryanair & Easyjet operate a full schedule to Faro & are the main carriers. For a full range of options on your specific dates, visit a flight search website e.g. Skyscanner, Kayak, Expedia,
You can book cheaper online with all these carriers however getting the “best” price is a bit of a lottery. Our guide to shading the odds in your favour:
1. Book your holiday as far in advance as possible especially for peak holiday season flights. We have so many would-be clients who leave their holiday arrangements until a month or two before, sometimes hoping to get cheaper deals only to find that flight prices have become ridiculously expensive. The general rule is - flight prices increase as the flights get booked up.
2. Note that carriers release their flight schedules in blocks, a certain number of months in advance. Hence Easyjet for instance releases flights about 9 months in advance so if you use a flight search engine with dates 11 months out, you wont get any Easyjet flights listed. To check on specific airlines go to their own website e.g. easyjet.co.uk & select the furthest out date they allow you to book. You may therefore be restricted on how far in advance you may be able to book your flight.
3. This is just a suspicion but……we have often found that we check a flight price only to return next day, or even a few minutes later to find that the flight price has changed (always upwards!). This may be a normal phenomenon but, if you have 2 computers its not a bad idea to do your recceing on one, & place you booking through the second (in case your 1st enquiry has been “remembered”!
The charter carriers.
These carriers have lost ground to the low cost airlines in recent years, although they are still worth looking at especially if price is the key factor. One disadvantage with charter flights is that the flight times you are offered when you book often change radically the closer you get to your holiday date – this is because, early in the season all charter flights are “virtual” & only become a reality when sufficient seats have been booked. This means you flight may be “consolidated” with another flight, hence changing you schedule completely. You also have the inconvenience of having to “confirm your flight” for your return journey which is usually the last thing you wan to think about on your holiday.