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Winter holidays: two nights - A daily lunch or dinner, hour-long court hire, use of the spa and more
When to go
This sunny spot sees little rain throughout the year. Temperatures peak between July and September, ranging from 26°C to 35°C. Spring and autumn are pleasantly twentysomething degrees, and winter never gets more nippy than around 10°C.
PlanesThe region’s main hub is Faro. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) fly in from all across the UK | including Bristol | Birmingham | Liverpool and London Stansted. EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) flights also depart various UK airports | including Newcastle and London Gatwick. International travellers are likely to need a change in Lisbon.
TrainsComboios de Portugal (www.cp.pt) links up the land’s railways. It has services which call it at most major cities, including Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto. In the south, the handiest stations are Faro and Lagos, reached by regional CP routes.
AutomobilesThe main road leading south to the Algarve is the A2 | or | closer to the coast | the N120. The A22 runs right along the bottom | up to the Spanish border. Hertz (www.hertz.com) has hire car centres in both Faro and Albufeira.
TaxisTaxis don’t really roam these parts and there aren’t any ranks, so your best bet is to book one ahead. Try Táxis Salmonete on +351 282 624 501/450.