Travelling from Lisbon airport to Lisboa city centre

If you are planning your trip to Portugal, it is very likely that you are already trying to find the best way to commute between Portela airport and central Lisbon in terms of comfort, duration of the journey and fees to be paid. Lisbon International airport (also known as Humberto Delgado or simply Aeroporto de Lisboa) is only 15 minutes away from the city centre, and we are about to give you some advice on how to travel smoothly whether you arrive on your own, carrying lots of luggage or with the whole family.

Underground trains from LIS airport to downtown Lisboa

The capital city of Portugal has a simple and outstandingly effective subway railway network. Metro trains in Lisbon operate Monday through Sunday between 6:00 and 1:00, even though some secondary lines may have reduced schedules during the weekends. This is not the case with the red line (linha vermelha), whose services run from Terminal 1 of Lisbon International airport every 8 minutes, connecting it to the main areas and landmarks in town.

After collecting your baggage and once in the arrivals public zone, head towards the exit to your right but, instead of leaving the terminal building, go downstairs; the underground is clearly signposted and visible from this upper level. You must take the “linha vermelha” heading to S. Sebastião. If your hotel in Lisbon is near Praça do Comercio or other points of downtown Lisboa, we recommend you hop off in Alameda station and the change to the “linha verde” (green line), which has many stops around it.

The underground trains in Lisboa run frequently and effectively, and fares are quite inexpensive: 1,45€ per single journey, with the possibility of purchasing a 24-hour travel card for unlimited use for as low as 6,65€. “Baixa-Chiado” is one of the most popular stations for tourists who stay in central Lisbon.

Travelling to and from Lisbon airport: Aerobus

If you would rather travel by coach and do not mind if your large bags are stored away in the luggage compartment, the Aerobus is a both comfortable and affordable option (a single ticket costs 4€) for your commute from Portela airport to Lisboa. Moreover, it has undeniable perks such as travelling with complimentary WiFi and USB charging stations, or the fact that it stops near many of the best hotels in Lisbon city.

Taxis and private shuttles from and to Lisbon airport in Portugal

In case you feel uncomfortable commuting in the metro with all your bags, money and documentation, you can always rely on taxi cabs or private chauffeurs to get to your final destination. As mentioned before, the distance between the airport and Lisbon city centre can be covered quickly and access to the tourist and financial area is easy.

While you will only need to step out the non-restricted zone in order to take a taxi cab, private shuttles like shuttle direct have to be booked online in advance or at their airport office upon arrival. This kind of service may be customised according to your specific needs and has extra advantages: the chauffeur will wait for you when your flight is delayed, agree to stop at different points or drive to the very entrance of your accommodation.


Where to stay in Porto, Portugal

There are many reasons why you might have already heard about the second largest city in Portugal: Porto –or Oporto. Perhaps you ticked Lisbon off your bucket list some time ago and your traveller friends have started prompting you to go up north and visit Porto, or you are a football fan already acquainted with Porto FC. If you are wine lover, you may be attracted to this destination for its worldwide-popular cellars and tasting tours, or because it is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the Portuguese path of the Way of St. James if you enjoy historical landmarks or plan to complete the Camino. Even sea lovers can find their own little piece of paradise in Porto, since its westernmost area is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean.

Flying to Porto in northern Portugal

Porto or Oporto in Portugal is served by Francisco Sá Carneiro International or simply Porto airport (IATA Code: OPO). In line with the relevance of the city, this aviation hub is considered to be the second busiest one in the country behind Lisbon airport. It is conveniently located 12 kilometres away from the downtown, and travellers commonly use metro trains (subway), public bus lines and taxis in order to commute from the airport to Porto city centre.

The fastest way to get to central Porto from the airport is the E metro line, which takes about 20 minutes to reach the downtown. Bus routes 601 and 602 are the ones you must hop on if you want to go to the city, and if you opt for a taxi ride, know that cabs await outside the arrivals hall and the average journey to the centre costs 20 euros. In case your final destination is other than Porto, that is, Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Faro, or even Vigo in Spain, you can transfer to a train in the nearby Campanha de Comboios station.

Finding the best accommodation in Porto, Portugal

Portugal is a travel destination that welcomes all sorts of visitors: pilgrims, backpackers, holiday goers, city break lovers and luxury travellers. Therefore, it has created a varied hospitality offer that is able to cater to the needs of every type. Below you will find a selection of recommended hotels in Porto sorted out by travel budget; we hope they will inspire you to tailor your perfect trip in accordance with your estimated expenses.

2-star hotel in Porto downtown

The Vice-Rei hotel is situated within walking distance of some of the main landmarks in Porto –Portugal– while also providing a quiet atmosphere where tourists can get some good rest in spite of being in the heart of the city. Nearby metro stations, restaurants, markets and shopping malls equally contribute to a convenient stay. Rooms are soundproofed and feature free WiFi, air conditioning, private bathroom and balcony, and guests can enjoy continental breakfast daily. Choosing this budget hotel in central Porto will allow you to go on excursions on the River Douro and explore one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe; for greater peace of mind, you can leave your valuables inside the safety deposit box or else use the left-luggage services provided by the reception staff.

3-star hotel in Oporto, Portugal

Superbly located in Porto historical centre, the 3-star Douro hotel offers well-appointed rooms that include amenities, cable TV, complimentary WiFi, work desks and an equipped bathroom for private use. The front desk is available around the clock so it is up to guests to decide whether they want to have breakfast at the buffet or order it to be delivered to their room; furthermore, former visitors have positively valued their onsite bar and accessible facilities, as well as the good predisposition of the personnel at this hotel in Oporto, who will gladly arrange tours and sightseeing activities for their guests during their stay.

4-star in central Porto

The HF Ipanema Porto is a more luxurious option for travellers who want to stay in a central location and get the best hospitality features at the same time. To satisfy this demand, this well-located hotel in Porto provides an onsite swimming pool, free WiFi all throughout the facilities, cosy bedrooms with extra comfortable beds, mini fridge, soundproof windows, flat-screen TV and luxury bathrooms. Room service, business centre, massages and an excellent breakfast buffet are just some of the extras that you will be able to enjoy; besides, thanks to the tourist counter at the lobby, you will get the opportunity to join a Porto wine-cellar tour or learn how to get to the Palácio de Cristal gardens –a short stroll away-, which afford panoramic views of the Douro River.

Would you like to go on exploring Portugal? We recommend you also consider the Madeira Islands for your next adventures.

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Travel in Portugal, Europe: city and beach trips

Nice weather and warm temperatures all year round, good quality of life and low cost of living are some of the main allures attracting travelers, tourists, expats and digital nomads to Portugal in Europe. What is more, it is considered to be one of the most affordable destinations in the world, and many choose it not just for a quick stop along their European travel itinerary but as a retreat or vacation that may last several months or more. Others seek to move permanently to places like the Algarve, Porto or Lisbon and so invest in holiday homes and other types of property there. In this post, we gather previous articles where we recommended accommodation in the aforementioned Portuguese cities. If you would like to visit and explore potential places to live close to the Atlantic Ocean, scroll down and pick your favorite.

Where to stay on your trip to Porto, Portugal

There are many reasons why you might have already heard about the second largest city in Portugal: Porto –or Oporto. Perhaps you ticked Lisbon off your bucket list some time ago and your traveller friends have started prompting you to go up north and visit Porto, or you are a football fan already acquainted with Porto FC. If you are wine lover, you may be attracted to this destination for its worldwide-popular cellars and tasting tours, or because it is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the Portuguese path of the Way of St. James if you enjoy historical landmarks or plan to complete the Camino. Even sea lovers can find their own little piece of paradise in Porto, since its westernmost area is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Click on our pin below for suggested hotels and accommodation.

Holiday apartments in the Algarve, Portugal

There is no need for you to be a surfer to fall in love with the Algarve in Portugal: this increasingly popular destination is attracting more and more travellers every year, especially those who seek a peaceful retreat by the sea, amazing landscapes and fine cuisine. Algarve is the region occupying the most southern section of the Portuguese territory, served by Faro airport and well-connected throughout by an effective bus network. Its sunny weather and mild temperatures all year round make it an optimal place for winter escapes and summer trips alike. Whether you are travelling solo, with friends or family, here you can find the perfect accommodation in Algarve.

Hotels in Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal

When visiting Lisboa, travellers get the chance to tick off some of Europe’s most instagrammable landmarks on anyone’s bucket list: St. George’s Castle, the Alfama neighbourhood, the Praça do Comercio, the Belem tower, the Monastery of St. Jerome, the Oriente railway station and the Vasco da Gama bridge. Accomplishing this sightseeing tour in just a couple of days is even possible if they stay in downtown Lisbon and get around by bus, underground or tram, as the city centre is really well connected to these points by the different transportation networks and Portuguese travel cards are quite inexpensive. Our recommended hotels below are all within short walking distance or very well connected by public transportation to the most beautiful and lively spots in this city of Portugal, Europe.

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Hotels near Parque das Naçoes and Oriente train station in Lisbon, Portugal

The district known as Parque das Naçoes in Portugal was originally the landmark where Lisboa’s World Expo 98 was held, today converted into a strategic part of the city that houses office buildings, parks, residential areas, educational and cultural centres and the International Fair of Lisbon, the facilities in which many exhibitions, congresses and big events take place.

Precisely because the FIL pavilions are set on this location, the vicinity boasts some of the best hotels in Lisbon for a business stay, yet there are some other perks to enjoy when choosing it: for instance, how close it is to the Gare do Oriente or Oriente railway station, which enables you to travel by train to Porto, Faro and Madrid as well as to other alluring destinations, and also to reach any point of Lisbon by underground and bus. The station is just a couple of minutes away on foot, and one of the ways to arrive there is by going through Vasco da Gama shopping centre.

Read below to find accommodation near Oriente train station in Lisbon and the Feira Internacional de Lisboa pavilions.

The Tivoli Hotel next to Oriente underground station in Lisbon

This hotel in Lisbon, a member of the Tivoli hospitality chain, has been rated 4 stars not only thanks to its unbeatable situation –the airport is only three subway stops away-, but also for its unrivalled services and facilities. Guests can enjoy an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a spa. As far as rooms are concerned, when making a reservation with the Tivoli Hotel Oriente, you may choose a suite, a double or twin room, a family one or even the bridal suite. Some offer stunning city views while others overlook the river.

Inside your room, you will be granted free WiFi access, and you will be able to get some good rest, use your private bathtub or order breakfasts and meals to the room service. The whole premises are adapted for guests with reduced mobility and are non-smoking throughout. Moreover, the staff will be happy to assist you with currency exchange, car hire, safety boxes and any other needs you may have during your stay.

Ibis Lisboa Parque das Naçoes, 3 star hotel in Lisboa, Portugal

Located in the aforementioned business district, this Ibis hotel in Parque das Naçoes is a 10-minute stroll away from Lisbon Casino and the popular exhibition venue known as the “Atlantic Pavilion”. It is surrounded by restaurants where you will have the chance to try both modern and traditional Portuguse dishes.

This functional budget hotel in Lisbon (offering really good value for money) puts totally equipped double or twin guest rooms at your disposal, all of them with ensuite bathroom, complimentary WiFi and an in-room working desk. A varied buffet breakfast is served every morning, and you can also get light meals, drinks and snacks from the snack bar during the day. The rest of services provided include laundry, fax, daily press, and car rental, to name just a few. A 10-minute car ride separates it from Portela airport.

The VIP executive Arts hotel in Lisbon

This 4 star hotel in Lisboa is integrated into the Parque das Naçoes Area, within short walking distance to the FIL pavilions and Oriente metro and railway station. All spaces are soundproofed and any traveller staying in one of their individual, double or twin rooms or suites is equally granted access to the complimentary daily breakfast and the free WiFI internet connection.

Strongly business-oriented, the VIP executive Arts hotel provides eight rooms to held meetings and events, as well as a larger venue which can accommodate over 150 participants. It has an onsite bar and a restaurant, and is connected to the airport by underground trains departing from Oriente all day through. If you would rather use private transportation, you may book an airport transfer in Lisbon.

Couldn’t find what you were looking for? Check other available hotels in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Hotels near Lisbon airport (Lisboa, Portugal)

Lisbon international airport (IATA code: LIS) receives different designations such as Humberto Delgado, Portela or simply Lisbon airport, however, all of them refer to the gateway welcoming international travellers into the city. Furthermore, LIS also serves as the main headquarters of TAP Portugal in Europe.

Accommodation options to sleep near the terminals of Lisbon airport (for different travel budgets)

The greatest advantage of staying in a hotel near Lisbon airport in Portugal, whether for tourism or business purposes, is the fairly short distance between it and the city centre (7 kilometres) allowing us to travel from one point to another quickly and smoothly by using the ground transportation system (metro lines, city buses or the Aerobus service) .

Tryp Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel close to Lisbon airport

This hotel –managed by the Tryp brand– is a 4-star establishment located just 100 metres away from Humberto Delgado airport, as well as within walking distance to several underground stations and the financial district, known as Parque das Nações.

The 168 rooms of this hotel in Portugal feature air-conditioning, cable TV channels, safety deposit box, mini bar and ensuite bathroom with shower, apart from the usual complimentary toiletries. Categories are divided into individual, double and presidential suite, which can be upgraded to Premium, or enhanced with city views and wellness experiences.

When you book your stay at the Tryp Lisbon Airport Hotel, you have the option to choose a “breakfast included fee”, as a buffet breakfast is served daily inside the facilities. At lunch time and in the evenings, their restaurant offers traditional Portuguese dishes alongside with international meals, and even vegan and gluten ones. There is also a cocktail bar, a Spa, a gym, a swimming pool and a business centre.

Other perks for travellers are: WiFi internet connection (free of charge), parking, round-the-clock front desk, ironing and laundry service, Fax and available spaces for the arrangements of meetings and conferences. The staff can provide assistance in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

4U Lisboa III Guest House near Lisboa airport

When looking for affordable accommodation in Lisbon which, at the same time, gives us good value for money, this small and cosy guest house situated 1 kilometre away from Lisbon international airport seems just ideal, and all the more so when we find out that they also offer us the possibility to be picked up at the airport and driven back on the day of departure.

Every room in the 4U Lisbon III features a heater and free WiFi; the bathroom is shared with the other guests, as well as a kitchen where we can cook our own meals. Several metro stations, Bela Vista Park, the “Oriente” station, the financial district and Lisbon Casino are few kilometres away (between 1 and 3) from the building.

In case we rent a car to get around the city, we will be able to use a nearby public parking for a small fee. The staff speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and French. Are you interested in this cheap hotel in Lisbon? Check availability for your trip here.

The Lisbon Airport Hostel

This affordable accommodation near the airport in Lisbon is situated 1 kilometre away from Humberto Delgado International Airport, and it offers both individual and double rooms –which can be standard or deluxe ones- equipped with coffee maker, flat screen TV and WiFi without any additional cost. A continental breakfast is served daily for their guests.

You can choose a room with a balcony or sea view. The kitchen, the toilet and shower and a communal sitting room with TV are shared with the rest of guests. The building has a lift and smoking is prohibited in all areas. The staff speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. Check availability and prices for this hostel near Lisboa airport.

Flying to Faro airport in the Algarve, Portugal

Faro airport (IATA code: FAO) is located only 4 kilometres away from the capital city of the Algarve region. This increasingly popular beach destination is served by a small passenger terminal which can, however, get extremely crowded during the summer months, when many travellers choose Albufeira, Faro and Portimão for a nice stay under the warm sun; as a matter of fact, a large number of European citizens have even taken up residence in this area of Portugal. While surfers, stand up paddle lovers and those in need of a summer escape search for peak-season flights to get the best deals, some airlines operate all-year-round services covering this route. Read below to find out how to visit Faro in any month.

Transport to and from Faro airport in the Algarve

Regardless of the area of the Algarve in Portugal where you are going to spend your holiday, travelling from the airport is easy because a very short distance separates it from Faro downtown.

If you decide to use public transport, there is a central station in Faro from which you can transfer to virtually every corner of the region. After landing, take the circuit bus (line 16) -with services departing frequently from 5:20 until midnight- and you will soon be in the capital city. In order to find the bus stop outside the terminal, simply follow the signage.

Taxis also stop at a rank outside the terminal at all times, day and night. Nevertheless, when vacationing in the south of Portugal, hiring a vehicle is strongly recommended, as it enables you to explore the beautiful beaches in the Algarve. For the purpose of satisfying this demand, Faro airport has more than 10 different car rental companies for you to find the perfect way to get around. Most of their offices are located in the parking.

Terminals of Faro airport in Portugal

Faro airport consists of just one terminal building divided into two levels: the ground floor houses sixty check-in counters available to passengers and the security filter leading to the thirty six boarding gates, and the upper level accommodates the outlets, duty free shops, cafés and restaurants where travellers may spend their waiting time before flying. As is the case with Lisbon airport, this terminal is managed by ANA, which provides those passing through with free WiFi access (a quick registering process is required), a relaxation zone with phone chargers, a tourist information office, VAT refund assistance, baby changing rooms, currency exchange, money transfers, travel insurance service and two VIP lounges.

Regular scheduled flights to Faro in Portugal

The following airline companies operate regular flights to Faro from a variety of locations in Europe: Aer Lingus (Dublin), British Airways (London Gatwick), Easyjet (several airports in Germany, UK and France), Eurowings (Munich, Vienna, Cologne and Sttutgart), (Birmingham, Leeds, Stansted and Manchester), Lufthansa (Frankfurt and Munich), Luxair (Luxembourg), Norwegian (Bergen, Stockholm-Arlanda), Ryanair (multiple cities across the UK, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and France), Scandinavian Airlines (Copenhagen), Tap Air Portugal (Lisbon), Transavia (Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam). Besides, it must be noted that TuiFly, one of the airlines selling the highest number of seats to fly to Faro during the peak summer season, also offers scheduled flights from Amsterdam to the Algarve throughout the year.

How to plan your trip to Madeira in Portugal

Are the Madeira Islands of Portugal your next travel destination? If you are a sea lover and find the island lifestyle alluring, this archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean might be a really nice discovery. It consists of Madeira island (home to the capital city, Funchal), Porto Santo and the Desertas islets, which make up an uninhabited natural reserve.

The primary gateway into Madeira for international travellers is Cristiano Ronaldo airport (IATA code: FNC), named after the worldwide acclaimed football player and formerly known as Funchal. The airport has a single passenger terminal from which chartered, regular and seasonal operations that link it with cities in Europe are handled, while transfers to the minor islands (Porto Santo and the Desertas) are done either by ferry boat or catamaran trips.

Flights to Madeira (Funchal) in Portugal

A variety of european airlines operate flights to Funchal both all year round and during the holiday season. You can purchase a seat on a seasonal flight to Madeira with Austrian Airlines (from Vienna), Transavia (Lyon), Tuifly (Basel, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hannover or Stuttgart), Germania (Bremen and Lanzarote) or Vueling (Barcelona).

When planning your trip to Madeira well in advance, there is a wider range of dates for you to choose, as the following carriers fly to these Portuguese islands on a regular basis:

Binter Canarias (from Gran Canaria and Tenerife), British Airways (London-Gatwick), Cimber Sterling (Copenhagen), Condor (Berlin Schonefeld, Hamburg and Munich), Easyjet (Bristol and Lisbon), Edelweiss (Zurich), Enter Air (Paris-Charles de Gaulle), Iberia (Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia and Santiago de Compostela), Lufthansa (Berlin Tegel and Dusseldorf), SATA International (Dublin and Stockholm Arlanda), Transavia (Amsterdam, Paris Orly and Oporto).

How to get to Porto Santo from Madeira island

Porto Santo island in the Madeira archipelago of Portugal has its own airport, mainly used for domestic operations; however, the best and most frequently chosen way of transportation between Madeira and Porto Santo is the ferry. You can take a day trip by ferry boat from Funchal any time of the year because these services start running early every morning, their return to the capital taking place late in the afternoon. Round-trip tickets cost 50€ approximately.

Going from Funchal to the Desertas islands in Madeira

The uninhabited Desertas islands are truly worth a visit, and you are advised to dedicate a whole day to one of the catamaran tours offered by local guides in Funchal. The breathtaking views of the cliffs and the natural reserve altogether make for a truly unique experience.

Accommodation in Madeira, Portugal

Even though the influx of tourists has considerably increased in the recent years, you can still find good hostels and hotels in Madeira when travelling on a tight budget. Read below for suggestions.

Budget accommodation in Funchal, Portugal

The Hospedaria Por do Sol is conveniently located next to a bus stop with regular connections with Cristiano Ronaldo airport and within short walking distance of the city centre and the marina. Besides, it features a terrace offering stunning sea views. The Botanical Garden lies 2,3 kilometres away. This accommodation in Madeira has rooms with private bathroom and guests may use safety deposit boxes and a WiFi network in the communal zone. Continental breakfast can be included in the nightly rate.

Bed & breakfast accommodation in Madeira, Portugal

The Quinta B is a B&B accommodation in Funchal that offers to pick up their guests and drop them off at the airport (12 kilometres from the establishment) for an additional fee. It has not only comfortable guest rooms with bathroom and free toiletries, but also a garden, a swimming pool and a nice terrace where travellers may have breakfast or try local wines and snacks. The friendly staff speaks both English and German, and can give directions to get to the nearby cathedral or the city casino, among many other attractions in the area.

3-star hotel in Funchal, capital of Madeira

The Hotel do Carmo is strategically situated in a spot from which you can reach the beach, the old town and the harbour on foot, plus it also provides airport shuttle service to guests with a reservation upon request. This hotel in Madeira, Portugal, features well-appointed rooms with safes and en suite bathrooms that can cover the needs of solo travellers, couples and families. There is WiFi access in shared areas and the peaceful surroundings, filled with local shops, invite to nice afternoon strolls.

Will you also visit Lisbon in Portugal? If so, take a look at our recommendations.

Beach vacation in the Algarve, Portugal: hotels and holiday apartments

There is no need for you to be a surfer to fall in love with the Algarve in Portugal: this increasingly popular destination is attracting more and more travellers every year, especially those who seek a peaceful retreat by the sea, amazing landscapes and fine cuisine. Algarve is the region occupying the most southern section of the Portuguese territory, served by Faro airport and well-connected throughout by an effective bus network. Its sunny weather and mild temperatures all year round make it an optimal place for winter escapes and summer trips alike. Whether you are travelling solo, with friends or family, you can find the perfect accommodation in Algarve.

Luar hotel in Portimão, close to some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal

This accommodation in Portimão, the Algarve, is situated by Praia da Rocha beach and offers panoramic ocean views from its air-conditioned rooms with minibar. Continental breakfast is available every morning, and guests will enjoy onsite amenities like a swimming pool, a bar and a solarium, as well as benefit from an ideal location that allows them to choose among a wide array of local restaurants and walk to several nearby beaches. Faro airport is 50 kilometres from this point, so the establishment may arrange an optional pick-up and drop-off service that can be booked for an extra fee while making a reservation.

Furthermore, the front-desk provides car hire and bike rental services which, complemented by free-parking spots for guests, enable travellers to get around the region and explore independently. Golf courses and shopping malls are found few kilometres away. The reception personnel, who speak English, Spanish and Portuguese, are ready to assist you with any queries you may have. Check nightly rates and availability for this hotel in Algarve.

Soldoiro tourist apartments in Albufeira, Portugal

This accommodation in Albufeira, Algarve, is particularly popular for standing within short walking distance of a beautiful beach known as Praia da Oura, and also for putting an open-air swimming pool, a poolside bar and a kids area at their guests’ disposal. Families choose Soldoiro because of its awesome sea views, its fully-equipped one or two-bedroom apartments with occupancy of up to 8 guests and the restaurants and local shops awaiting few metres from the location.

Besides, travellers staying here have the opportunity to enrol in a diversity of activities such as snorkelling, diving, squash, tennis and golf, to mention but a few. Nearby beaches like Santa Eulalia and Fisherman’s beach are easily accessible by car, and a payment shuttle service is provided from and to Faro airport, 24 kilometres away. Book you apartment in Algarve.

Hotel Faro & Beach Club, wellness hotel in Faro, Portugal

This accommodation is located in Faro downtown, just 3 kilometres from Faro airport and 500 metres from the central bus and train station. When travelling to Portugal, you may want to stay here since, aside from its ample rooms with private bathroom that overlook Faro’s old town and the marina, you will have the chance to use its wellness and spa facilities, the sauna, the heated pool, and even get massages and beauty treatments.

A daily buffet breakfast is included in the nightly rate, and it can be adapted to specific diets or be ordered from bed. Guests love to have their meals at the rooftop terrace bar, open throughout the day. Even when you can travel to Faro beach, join a Windsurf school or take a boat shuttle to the neighbouring beaches, this location is equally perfect to explore the streets of the old town, or to visit the Cathedral and the museums.

This hotel in Faro has an extensive list of guest services, including a bridal suite and spaces for banquets and celebrations. Check the availability and nightly rates of this hotel in Algarve.

Would you like to go on searching and browse more options? Compare prices and location of other hotels in Algarve, Portugal.

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Which airport in Azores should I fly to?

Although all islands in the Azores archipelago have either an airport or an aerodrome, we could say that there is only one main international airport in the Azores and two secondary ones operating the majority of domestic and international routes in and out of this small green paradise surrounded by the ocean in Portugal. Therefore, if you are looking for flights to the Azores, we recommend that you fly into Ponta Delgada airport in São Miguel island, or else book direct or connecting flights to the air terminal in Terceira island or to Horta airport in Faial island. Should you want to visit more than one island during your trip, you can always fly with SATA to the minor islands or catch a ferry boat.

Primary airport in the Azores: Ponta Delgada – John Paul II

Ponta Delgada airport, also referred to as João Paulo II, is conveniently located in a central and well-connected location of São Miguel island, which accounts for its high volumes of passenger traffic composed by travellers and tourists flying to Azores all year round. Among other routes, it is worth to highlight the availability direct flights from Lisbon (handled by Ryanair and Azores Airlines), Billund (with Norwegian Air Shuttle), Geneva (Swiss International Airlines), Amsterdam and Brussels (seasonally with TUI fly). As far as domestic operations are concerned, SATA airlines connects Ponta Delgada airport to the islands of Flores, Horta, Pico, Santa María, São Jorge and Terceira. International routes include those linking Azores to Boston and Montreal (handled by Azores Airlines).

Terceira airport (aeroporto das Lajes)

Travellers flying to the Azores in Portugal may also choose to land in Terceira island, whose main airport, Lajes, serves the area of Praia da Vitória. The international and domestic routes handled from Terceira airport in Azores include Lisbon and Porto (by TAP Air Portugal, Ryanair and Azores Airlines), London Stansted by Ryanair, Boston and Toronto (Azores Airlines), Amsterdam (seasonally by TUI) and Corvo, Flores, Ponta Delgada, Graciosa, Horta and Pico (SATA).

Domestic flights in Azores: Horta airport

Horta airport is located in the area of Castelo Branco in Faial Island, Azores. It is a primary hub for domestic connections by air with the rest of the Azores islands and Lisbon in the Iberian Peninsula, yet its greatest allure lies in its terminal building divided into levels that allows for beautiful views of the runway and Pico island from the dining area.

Another autonomous region or Portugal formed by islands is Madeira; read our travel recommendations if you also plan to visit this beach destination in Europe.

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