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Resort near Faro airport?

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Patienceandgrace · 17/02/2022 05:09

Flights booked to Faro. I'm not familiar with Portugal at all and wondering which resort to book a hotel/apt in?

Will be 2 adults and 2dc (8 &3) so want somewhere family friendly.

If you can recommend anywhere that would be great Smile

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WiseUpJanetWeiss · 17/02/2022 08:05

We love the Quinta do Lago area. It's mainly apartments on resorts with pools, tennis courts, children's play areas etc. We've stayed at Four Seasons Fairways and Four Seasons Country Club, both of which I'd definitely recommend. You can walk out to sand dunes, salt flats, the Ria Formosa nature reserve and the beach along miles of new boardwalk. Bike hire also seems to be very popular.

Having explored further along the coast and inland there are many, many other lovely places that I'd like to try though.

It all depends what you like I suppose.

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toomuchlaundry · 17/02/2022 08:09

How near do you need to be?

We loved Carvoeiro

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MorningNinja · 17/02/2022 10:04

I second Carvoeiro - beautiful beach, beautiful small town.

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Sheena130 · 17/02/2022 10:14

What month are you travelling & what price range?
I found the Kids at that age like a heated pool, still do even though they are older, but probably depends what month you are travelling.
There is a lovely indoor pool at Monte Santo in Carvoeiro and lovely accommodation.
We have also stayed at Alfagar village in Albufeira the kids loved it great facilities and loved the indoor pool but in Monte Santo I could sit outdoors and keep an eye on them inside but not in Alfagar.
The Martinhal resort in Sagres is popular but I have never stayed but worth a look.

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Samanabanana · 17/02/2022 10:14

I echo staying in Quinta do Lago - the four seasons is fab and very family friendly. Some excellent restaurants nearby and the local beach is gorgeous!

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toomuchlaundry · 17/02/2022 10:17

@Sheena130 we stayed at Monte Santo. Loved it. Although dubbed the walk back from town the ‘hateful hill’. Did walk off some calories though!

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Patienceandgrace · 17/02/2022 21:47

Sorry for the delay in responding, very long day at work.

Thanks for the suggestions, will look at all of them.
To answer the questions, within an hours taxi drive of the airport would be best and wre going for the last week of august.

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Chocbuttonsandredwine · 17/02/2022 22:40

Tavira is lovely

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Ihopeyourcakeisshit · 17/02/2022 22:42

Carvoeiro for me too.

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Sleepyteach · 20/02/2022 07:17

We have a house in Gale (about 10 mins from albufeira) and love the area, lots of great hotels around there, nice restaurants and lots of small beaches as well as one long beach that goes all the way to armacao de pera. About 30-40 mins from the airport. Would recommend sun transfers from the airport, DH has just booked his for the summer and paid €35 for a private transfer.

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mrspk · 20/02/2022 13:59

Vilamoura is very close to the airport, we normally stay a couple of nights there before travelling on to Alvor (which we prefer), but Vilamoura is a decent choice, lots of bars and restaurants around the marina, and a nice beach. We stay at Blue & Green Lake resort which is a lovely hotel

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AgathaX · 20/02/2022 14:27

We've stayed at Alvor. Lovely beach and some nice restaurants and bars. Not too busy.

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Pocolovo · 10/07/2022 10:46

Thought I’d bump this rather than start a new thread after searching.
same question as the op in that i want a resort closest to the airport, but looking for an adult type vibe rather than family friendly.

was thinking of alvor. We’re looking for nice beach, restaurants and generally just a nice chilled vibe. Any suggestions?

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Costacoffeeplease · 10/07/2022 11:01

I live in Carvoeiro.

Alvor is quite spread out so the town is a bit of a walk to the beach. It has a nice harbour area with a boardwalk and bars and restaurants.

We’re about 45 minutes from Faro, Alvor is a further 15 minutes ish

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Pocolovo · 10/07/2022 12:41

Costacoffeeplease · 10/07/2022 11:01

I live in Carvoeiro.

Alvor is quite spread out so the town is a bit of a walk to the beach. It has a nice harbour area with a boardwalk and bars and restaurants.

We’re about 45 minutes from Faro, Alvor is a further 15 minutes ish

Thank you. Sounds just what I’m after! Would you recommend any part of Carvoeiro in particular?
would like a hotel or apartment with pool area.
Also to be close to the beach. Thanks

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Costacoffeeplease · 10/07/2022 12:57

Carvoeiro centre is quite small, and is more apartments and villas than hotels. Right in the centre is the Carvoeiro Plaza, a little further uphill is the Mirachoro Praia and at the top of the hill the Tivoli. The plaza and Tivoli have rooftop bars, and all have pools and are walking distance of the beach.

For apartments, Monte Dourado, Algar Seco, Monte Carvoeiro, Colina Verde are all walking distance of the town and beach. Quinta do Paraíso and Monte Santo are a little further but still walkable. Rocha Brava is nice and is close to Centeanes beach, which is bigger than the town beach and has a beach bar/restaurant. Also Vale do Milho and Areias dos Moinhos.

I had quite a long thread on the area a few years ago which might have some information of interest

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Costacoffeeplease · 10/07/2022 12:59

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Pocolovo · 10/07/2022 13:51

Thanks so much @Costacoffeeplease. I’ll have a read!

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LightDrizzle · 10/07/2022 14:17

We live near the airport but I almost always recommend Alvor, even though it’s pushing at your 1 hour transfer criteria.

It has an atmospheric old town with plenty of bars and restaurants; a beautiful waterfront and boardwalk with views back to the hills of Monchique. The beaches nearest the town are huge, wide and pristine but there are stunning cove beaches with rock formations and nice beach restaurants a good walk or short bike ride from the centre.

Quinta do Lago is very pretty and also has a lovely waterfront boardwalk but it is a very manicured, glitzy, enclave and doesn’t have the tiny bars or immaculate bakeries where a good coffee/ beer and fabulous pastry/ salgado can cost less than 3 euros. We do go to restaurants in Val do Lobo and Quinta but I’d prefer to stay somewhere more Portuguese.

Carvoeiro is also lovely.

Photos of Alvor attached:

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ihearttc · 27/07/2022 08:35

Just browsing on here and noticed you mentioned Alvor. We are going on holiday there tomorrow, it looks absolutely beautiful!

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Isittimef0rbedyet · 27/07/2022 11:56

Alvor looks stunning!

Would people recommend hiring a car at Faro airport or taxi to/from hotel? Are taxis available outside the airport?

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Panatone · 27/07/2022 13:09

@ihearttc Have a great time! Report back please😀.
I am waiting on easyjet to release their summer schedule! for next year.
There are tui packages to the algarve that are decently priced, so might book one of them if easyjet doesn’t get a move on!

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Olive99 · 27/07/2022 13:20

Can anyone recommend car hire from faro airport?

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ihearttc · 27/07/2022 14:12

We are going with Tui to an AI in Alvor…Pestana Blue. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Family rooms with a proper twin bedroom if that’s something you need.
DH has been to Portugal many times to play golf but I’ve never been. Less excited about the very early flight from Gatwick when we live 2.5 hours away though!!

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Molly499 · 27/07/2022 21:53

Car hire might be really expensive. When we were in Quinta do Lago we used Uber for every trip, about 15€ from the airport so very cheap.

Can recommend the Conrad hotel for adults, was an amazing place with fabulous rooms and service.

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