Navarra is a province in northern Spain that borders the Basque country. Pamplona is the capital and only city, while the rest are small Spanish villages and towns. The residents widely speak Spanish although Basque is the official language.

Pamplona , Navarra
                                    Pamplona capital of the Spanish Navarra Region

In Navarra, various regions have their own unique features. The Pyrenees in the north has a beautiful, calm and quiet mountain range with exquisite landscapes, La Riviera in the south is plain fertile land with the Ebro River running through and La Zona Media has extensive canyons like Hoces de Lumbier and Arbayun.
Having been ranked as Spain’s top in living standards, Navarra makes a perfect place for a holiday lettings and rentals accommodation. Visiting the town would be a fulfilling experience with the plenty of self catering apartments available. The fairly priced amenities with good views of the city that has been called Green Spain give you a chance to enjoy either a long or brief holiday all the same. The vineyards are extensive and the waterfalls are surreal.

View of the countryside in the Navarra Region

Getting to Navarra could be through flights to Noain, by bus, or by train. A train ride from Madrid Alocha for instance takes four and a half hours while the same from Barcelona lasts six hours; it depends on how quick you need to get there. Renting a car is more personal with plenty of time to see the beauty and the sights.
A holiday in Navarra will get you to experience Spanish traditional festivals and cuisine. The most renowned festival is the ‘running of the bulls’ festival in San fermin every July in the city of Pamplona

Its picturesque beautiful towns like Artajona full of medieval walls, Estella, Olite, formerly seat of Navarre’s kings, Tudela and Roncesvalles always a worthwhile visit.
Navarrese Carnivals with their typically unique Zanpantzarrak.

                                         Plaza del Castillo Pamplona

The town of Olite was once home to the kings of Navarra and is now the wine making capital; the vineyards are beautiful with a combination of rivers and mountain ranges. Top wine makers like Julian Chivite, Guelbenzu, Castillo de Monjardin and Bodegas Ochoa all of whom make quality cabernet, merlot and tempranillo. During a stay in Navarra, a wine tour will be of great help in expanding your wine pallet and at the same time enjoy the cuisine. Fresh from the pasture and green land, the food if full of natural spices and herbs full of flavor. The markets are filled with natural fresh produce which you can prepare in your own self catering suite in your preference.

University of Navarra
The University of Navarra

Navarre is a great holiday rental destination with plenty of culture, history, cuisine and rich wine. Take a look at plan book your holiday rental and enjoy a pleasant holiday.


Silves churches
Silves Cathedral

It is in contrast to its historical past in the era of the North African Moors, from around the 700—1200AD.  In those times  Silves was a central city of Moorish activities.  However, in this era, Silves is a quiet town that is well-situated in Western Algarve around the foothills of the Serra de Monchique Mountains.  Fantastic locations for a tranquil holiday.  Stunning holiday rentals nearby.


A Thing or Two About the Silves Town

The town is marked uniquely by the presence of Silves Castle,  with impressive entrance gates and red-coloured brick walls that bear the semblance of ancient forts.  In the distance Silves Cathedral.

In this age, it would be inaccurate to talk about Silves as a place of a hurry. It is characterized by far lesser activities than the coastal area of the Algarve. However, there is one thing that the town is renowned for its number of tourists and visitors, especially for those who have a thing for history and antiquities.   Check out the accommodation, holiday rentals in Silves are wonderful and plentiful.

Praia do Salgado Albufeira
Albufeira Beach

Why Should You Visit Silves?

If you are in search of a location to find the deep and rich history of Portugal, then you should visit Silves. It represents a view of most of the country’s history. The ambience of Silves town is a unique one, different from what you get in other parts of Portugal. It stands as a heritage from the past that the town has possessed for over five centuries now. Silves has remained immune to the infestation of modern development that has swept across the continent.

Silves Castle
World famous Silves Castle

Archaeologists and historians find a most pleasurable experience on visiting Silves..  Further afield its Arada rivers, mountains, and amazing landscapes are magnificent. Talking about the river, Silves was once a major port from which migrants disembarked from North Africa. Today that river has shrunk in volume and retired from active economic service and is now suitable for only tourist boats. It contributes to the cool of the town overall.   Check out the river tour from the nearby town of Portimao.

Taking a Trip To Silves

You can take a trip through the major tourist attractions of Lagos, Portimão, and Albufeira; and you can do all these journeys at low prices. It would take roughly 3 hours typically to take a tour around all of Silves’ historical sites, although this time can be stretched by the heat of summer.

You can make a trip on foot, but be well prepared to climb the steep terrains that lead from to the castle from the central parts of the town.



Spending Your Holiday at Silves

Some visitors and tourists go to Silves during their holidays to take some time off their hectic routine to relax in the serene embers of history—Silves. Often these visitors enjoy the remoteness associated with the town, as it is roughly 15 km from the closest beach and come along with the buzz you get in Albufeira or Vilamoura or even the other coastal parts of Algarve.

So you would understand when you find more matured nature-loving folks in Silves and less of young couples who wish to have a beach party and rock some celebration.

You can always stay in a holiday rental in Lagos, holiday rental in Albufeira or a villa in Vilamoura all of which are near Silves.

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How to discover a stunning Villa with Salt Pool and Hot tub in Lagos

How to discover a stunning Villa with Salt  Pool and Hot tub in Lagos
Lagos in the Western Algarve is a renowned family holiday rental destination.   There is no doubt it ticks all the boxes.   Long sunny days, accessible long sandy beaches,  cool charming restaurants with extensive affordable menus.

In this article, we introduce one of our holiday rental Lagos villas.  The property and the owners have gone through our verification process.  You might even meet some interesting people during your visit.   The very famous David Jones author of  Fireman Sam lives in nearby  Praia da Luz.

Villa entrance
Entrance to Villa
The villa is situated in a residential Cul de Sac on the outskirts of Lagos.

Thousands of holidaymakers visit Lagos each year.  The resort is a beautiful historical walled town that offers a wide range of holiday opportunities for all ages. The holiday villa is a short drive from the stunning Meia Praia beach (about 0.5km), which has an excellent selection of restaurants and bars Lagos Marina and several golf courses – including Palmares, Boa Vista, Penina.

The owners offer hassle-free arrangements for holiday guests. Just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the area and enjoy the break.

Some of the features are:

Private 10 x 5m salt-water swimming pool.
Garden terrace and sun terrace with large seating area.
Hot tub – 6 seater.
WiFi access and UK satellite TV.
Bed linen and towels are included.
A weekly cleaning service is included. Additional cleaning services may be provided at an extra charge.
Basic welcome packs are included.
Children’s High chair, cot, playpen can be provided (subject to availability) at no extra charge.
The property is securely gated and alarmed.

Magnificent stairs
Glass-sided stairs

1. Large family bathroom.

2. Balcony bedroom with double bed and wardrobes that benefits from the superb sunrise and morning sun.

3. King-size bedroom with ensuite shower-room, wardrobes, air-conditioning.

1. Large bright modern entrance hall.

2. A clean, bright ground-floor studio apartment with en-suite bathroom, with large walk-in shower. The access to the apartment does not include any steps from the pavement outside the property. The studio incorporates a small kitchen. The studio offers a large terrace area to the front overlooking the garden, perfect to enjoy your morning coffee and croissant.

Lights in pool
Pool at night

Double Bed settee with memory foam topper.
Integrated small kitchen with hob, cooker, fridge/freezer.
Flat-screen TV with UK TV channels.
WiFi access.
Double doors lead either to the front garden terrace or to the rear swimming pool terrace.

3. The studio apartment can be locked off from the main house or opened.

4. Living room – comfortable sofas, large room with flat screen TV, UK satellite TV, DVD player.

5. Modern kitchen that is fully equipped – large fridge/freezer with water filter, electric hob, electric grill and oven, kettle, toaster, sandwich toaster. There is a dining table that seats 6 (plus high chair if required).

6. Utility room with washing machine and microwave. Iron & ironing board.

There are double doors from the kitchen that lead out to the rear pool area.

Maximum Sleeping Capacity
No. Of Bedrooms
1. Balcony bedroom with double bed and wardrobes – benefits from the sunrise and the morning sun.
2. Main bedroom with ensuite shower-room, king-size bed, wardrobes, air-conditioning.
3. Downstairs bedroom, part of a studio apartment – can be separated from main house along with the downstairs bathroom. Sofa bed with memory foam mattress.A cot can be requested at no extra charge.
1. Large family bathroom – bath, shower.
2. Ensuite bathroom to main bedroom – large walk in shower.
3. Downstairs bathroom with large walk in shower.
Modern fully equipped kitchen.
Kitchen table with 6 chairs, high-chair can be requested (no charge).
Includes large fridge/freezer with water filter and ice-maker, electric hob, electric grill and oven, kettle, toaster, sandwich toaster.
Utility room contains a microwave and washing machine, ironing board and iron.

Bright entrance hall that leads to a large living room – comfortable sofas, flat screen LED TV, UK satellite TV, DVD player. Air conditioning.

Balcony, Barbeque, DVD Player, Garden, Jacuzzi / Hot Tub, Kettle, Laundry room, Living Room, Outdoor dining area, Swimming pool – private, Terrace / Patio, Toaster, Wardrobes

Cleaning/towels/linen/maid service

Welcome pack included at no extra charge.

We offer at least a weekly cleaning service included, with bed-linen and towel change. Additional cleaning services may be provided at an extra cost.

All towels and linen are included. Please bring your own beach towels.
Any special requests for extras such as wine/ champagne/ fruit & vegetable box (including organic)/ children’s pack etc. may be ordered at an extra charge.
Airport pickup/ car hire can be arranged on your behalf.

Notes On Accommodation
This Lagos villa is wonderfully located so that it is close to the Meia Praia beach, Lagos Marina and Lagos.  Holiday rentals in Lagos of this standard are hard to come by so its worth a look.   At we have many holiday apartments in Lagos all of a very high standard.

How to discover the beaches of Albufeira

How to discover the beaches of Albufeira

The first thing that comes to mind when we think about a holiday in Portugal, Albufeira to be precise is what the holiday rentals Albufeira can offer. Coupled with magnificent restaurants,  luxurious villas in Albufeira, excellent transportation infrastructure and top class hotels.


Most people have no idea that the beaches of Albufeira are some of the best 

Rua de Albufeira

Side Street Albufeira 

beaches that can be found anywhere in Portugal if not the world.

The beaches in the Algarve span several kilometres stretching from Aljezur in the western part to Vila Real de Sano Antonio on the east sharing a border with Spain. Albufeira boasts an average of about 300 days of sun annually. The beaches of Albufeira are kept clean and carefully guarded and well planned to ensure your safety while on your holiday.

One of the major attraction at the beaches in Albufeira is the magnificent coastline that surrounds the beach along with the soft, golden sand and green pines that provide shade. Every single beach has its own appeal and is worth having a look at. In this blog post, we have taken the time to look at some of the best beaches of Albufeira. With the intention of keeping you informed as you decide on your next holiday rental destination. Portugal holiday rentals is a  magnificent choice as a holiday destination for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

Praia do Salgado

Praia do Salgado beach is found to the west of Albufeira, the beach is situated between Nazare and Sao Martinho do Porto. This beach is perfect for surfing and has the presence of lifeguards and beach assistance during the summer. It also serves as a great spot for ultra-lights and paragliding fans.

Albufeira Beach
Praia do Peneco Albufeira

Praia do Peneco

Praia do Peneco beach is located at the city centre. The thing I find quite usual about the beach is the presence of a tunnel connecting the city to the beach. A lovely promenade can be found at the western end of the beach which makes it ideal for taking a walk in the evening and also allowing you to enjoy to the fullest the nightlife the city has to offer as there are abundant restaurants and bars available that are always ready to serve. With some excellent holiday apartments in Albufeira nearby.

Praia Falesia

Situated between the east of Albufeira and the west of Vilamoura is the Praia Falesia. The beach is about 6 km long consisting of lovely red cliffs that provide a magnificent view which stretches the length of the beach. Although these cliffs are not very tall, they allow for convenient access to the beaches and provide an adequate barrier to excess winds that might originate from the north during the offseason.

Praia dos Arrifes

Located close to Sesmarias village resort found in the Albufeira, Praia dos Arrifes is about 3.9Km off the west of the old the city centre. To gain access to the sands of the beach, you have to have to make your way through the old wooden steps from the parking lot. This makes access to the beach a lot tedious for people with disability. Praia dos Arrifes also has standard blue flag EU accreditation.

Holiday rentals in Albufeira and luxurious Albufeira villas are all available to book online at

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4 wine areas to explore in Portugal

4 wine areas to explore in Portugal

Portugal is a beautiful country situated on the Iberian Peninsula close to Spain. The country has a lot on offer from its perfect tourist locations to the turquoise waters found in the Algarve, making it a perfect tourist destination.  Famous as a holiday rental destination,  villas in Albufeira,  luxurious apartments to rent in Lagos, or in the east rent a villa in Tavira.

Spanish wine grapes
wine grapes

In this article, we will be looking at the wine areas in Portugal.  If you ever find yourself in the country, these are regions you should visit for the best wines.

Known in some circles as the poorer cousin to Spain, Portugal happens to be one of the oldest wine regulated countries in the world. The wine tradition in Portugal dates as far back as the Roman Empire. The country began wine exports to England in 1703 and as early as 1758 a region in Portugal (Regiao Demarcada) was credited as being one of the first areas ever to produce wine in the world. There are many wine regions in Portugal. However, we would only be listing the ones I consider to be the best;

  1. Lisbon

The city of Lisbon is situated very close to the Atlantic Ocean. On the northwest area of the city, you would find the wine region known as Lisboa, previously known as Estremadura. In Lisboa, you are sure to find a wide range of styles and quantities as the area is famous for producing a lot of wines.  Lisbon is well worth a visit try staying in one of its beautiful hotels or holiday rentals.

Porto city of romance
  1. Alentejo

The Alentejo region just north of the Algarve is quite massive, boasting about a third of Portugal as a whole. It recently won the USA Today’s Reader’s Choice award as the best wine area to visit. Alentejo boasts vibrant soil, undulating plains, and a large countryside. A lot of towns in Alentejo deal mainly in forestry, livestock, and agriculture. You can be sure to get the best traditional wines, smoke hams,  Portuguese cheeses and homemade sausages during your visit to the region. For those who might want to be a little adventurous, I would suggest you head to Cartuxa at Quinta de Valbom; this is an ancient winery (1776) that was previously inhabited by monks.

  1. Dao

Located north of Alentejo, the Dao area is situated around the old city of Viseu. Surrounding the area are mountains that protect the area from the chilled temperature of the ocean. Dao has a high altitude, about 200m above sea level which allows for good acidity, nice aroma and slower ripening for wines.

Quinta de Miradoura
Quinta de Miradoura
  1. Madeira

Birthplace of the famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Madeira is a lovely island known for its wines which can be stored for a long period of time. Madeira, located on the Atlantic with beautiful landscapes, has been classified as a UNESCO heritage site. The temperatures in Madeira are mild at all times of the year. Irrespective of your taste, you would definitely find a wine that suits you in Madeira. However, you love it, be it sweet or dry.  Well worth a visit huge amount to see and do.  A holiday rental in Madeira lets say a villa with pool is an ideal vacation base.

Madeira is an ideal spot for tourist, in 2006/2007, it was awarded the Guinness world record for the most massive fireworks display in the world.

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4 exceptional sights to see in Porto, Portugal

4 exceptional sights to see in Porto, Portugal


Porto Cable car
Cable car in Porto

Modern Porto, on the other hand, is a bubbling scene for modern arts and music. Moving across the bridge heading to Nova de Gaia is a delight for sightseeing. Some other interesting activities bound to catch your attention while in Porto include a tour through one of the port lodges, cruise down the Douro and also a ride on the cable car which takes you from one end of the quay to another.  Along the way check out some of the excellent Porto holiday rentalsApartments to rent in Porto are for the most luxurious and well located.

Lagos in the Algarve

In this article, we would be looking at four must-see places for you to visit during your stay in Porto. The first on the list is;


Palacio da Bolsa

The location of the previous stock exchange in Porto, rich in history and located at Rua Ferreira Borges, which happens to be the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce. The Palacio da Bolsa was built on top of a Franciscan monastery, with a magnificent interior which is divided into various rooms and salons with each room a wonderful work of art. If you are lucky enough to gain access to the Portrait Room filled with a collection of uniformed monarchs you would marvel at the beauty of art.

Cais da Ribeira

The riverside in Porto is filled with narrow streets and crossing alleys that are shielded from the sun. The Ribeira is a fancy collection of townhouses with bright tangerine and mustard paintings which faces the River Douro. It is a pleasant mix of flavour and colour. The Cais da Ribeira is filled with restaurants and cafes that make the riverside fun and interesting, a perfect site for relaxation. The Cais da Ribeira is located on the north side of the River Douro in Porto.

Oporto Bridges
Bridges of Oporto

Ponte de Dom Luis I

One of the most remarkable landmarks in Portugal is the Dom Luis I bridge. The bridge covers the River Douro and links Porto on the south side with Vila Nova de Gaia. The bridge sweeps through with a two-level aspect which a reflection of Porto’s proud and social composition. A magnificent view of the bridge could be seen while standing on the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar while on the south side.

Torre dos Clerigos

Situated in Rua São Filipe de Neri, Porto, the Torre dos Clerigos pierces the skylines of Porto like a very massive needle. Arguably the most prominent landmark in Porto, it is about 75-meters high. You would require extra stamina and endurance to be able to make it up 240 flight of stairs all the way to the top. I assure you if you can complete this feat it would be worth your while. You would be welcomed with a magnificent panorama of the coastlines, the river and the Douro valley gives you one the best views of the second largest city in Portugal.

Whenever you make the journey to Porto, make sure you visit the places mentioned above, as your visit would be considered incomplete and unadventurous without checking these places out.

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Holiday Rentals Lagos Guide – Everything about Lagos

Holiday Rentals Lagos Guide : It contains everything about Lagos and helpful info required for travelers who prefers to rent Self Catering Holiday Rentals in Lagos.




  • Lagos Introduction
  • Background
    • Architecture
    • Culture
    • History
    • Neighborhoods
    • Tourist Board Info
    • Weather & When to Visit
  • Transportation
    • Arriving & Departing
    • Getting Around
    • Taxis & Rental Cars
  • For Foreign Visitors
    • Banks & Money
    • Emergencies

Lagos in Algarve is one of the busiest and popular destination in the southwestern most region of Portugal. It is on the of the most favorite holiday destination of Europeans. Guests who are seeking the abundant sun, sand and want to surf – Lagos is the best destination for them. You’ll find there Sandy beaches with clear waters covered with steep cliffs making the views impressive and making one’s sight to keep looking at it forever and beyond. One of the best places to enjoy nature, night life and daylight trips.




Eastern and Western cultures both are evident in Lagos. The area around Lagos was dominated by Moors following their conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the 9th and 10th centuries and  then its reconquered by Portugal in 13th Century. Lagos is on the far western edge of the Europe. You can still find the traces of earlier era of Roman architectures even from the 5th century. However, after the reconquest Lagos had seen a growth of new architectural structures using the Gothic and later Romanesque styles. Dom Sebastião statue and several other famous figure statues built through out the Lagos city and in 1570 it was declared as the capital of the kingdom Algarve. Many Christian churches are there in the city of Lagos mainly the Church of St. Anthony which was reconstructed after being destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. It still has the touch of pre-earthquake Medieval architecture just as the original building. The church of Santa Maria also worth visiting as it narrates the scary past of 15th century and is popular for is symmetrical facade and Doric columns.


Lagos has a rich history of more than 2000 years.  Henry the Navigator – an explorer, Lagos is known to be his home and later in the middle ages the site of several naval raids. Lagos was firstly occupied by the Romans and built an early settlement at Bensafirm River. You can still explore is findings around the bridge over Meia Praia. After Romans, Moors who dominated the the city during their conquest of Spain in 10th Century. In the Iberian Peninsula – the city was still a center of Christian faith. In 1174 AD the church of St. John the Baptist was built. In 13th century, the Christian knights re-conquered the Lagos City and Bay of Lagos became a staging point for the fleets that sailed to flights the moors at Cueta in North Africa. Land Grants in Lagos then given to Prince Henry the Navigator. You will find a city named Lagos in Nigeria as well which was named after Henry’s Portuguese Home.


You’ll explore the touch of Moorish occupation through out Portugal. Visit through any of the cities or towns , dinning at traditional restaurants or explore any of the tourist attractions in  Portugal you’ll considerably experience Moorish legacy and cannot help but marvel at it. You’ll wind the Moorish touch not only in physical monuments but in language and music as well. Moorish left their legacy which can be easily seen while you are eating Moorish inspired  covert or listening to melancholic sounds of Faso music. The Past of Moorish legacy is ever present in Portugal.


To reach Lagos from Faro Airport its around a less than hour travel in a taxi and about 90km distance. Multiple ways to reach out to Lagos from Faro airport:

  • Travel by regional Train from Faro to Lagos may costs you around 7,30€
  • Travel by Bus from Faro to Lagos may costs you around 5,90€
  • Travel by Taxi from Faro to Lagos may costs you around 87€ for a 4 seater Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m-9:00 p.m and over the weekends or holidays it may costs a bit more around 104€. Taxis may charge an extra 11.40€ for motorway tolls. So plan well on your budget.

Lagos Super Markets 

  • Pingo Doce : This market is on the other side of marina and in beginning of the Lagos right at the entrance.

    Opening hours
    winter: 8.30-20.30h
    Summer: 8.00 -21.00h

  • Pingo Doce (formerly Plus): This is above the bridge from the main Pingo Doce & straight across the roundabout through the traffic lights and comeback as you cant turn and it is on the left,but you’ll need to go to the next roundabout and come back as you cannot turn across the road.

    Opening hours
     8.30h to 20.30h
    Summer: 8.00h to 21.00h.
    Sundays and holiday: 8.30 to 21.00

  • Lidl: Carry on from Pingo Doce (formerly Plus) to the next roundabout and it is on the right. Open every day  to 9pm including Sundays. Intermarché – up the hill from Lidl, straight across ‘The Chairs’ roundabout to the next roundabout, turn left and a short distance along turn right at the traffic lights and it is on your right.

    Open daily until 9pm.

  • Continente: from the Lidl go up to the ‘Chairs’ roundabout and turn right, follow the road and it is on the right. The store also includes Worten (white goods & electrical), Sportszone, a para farmacia and Mo clothing.

    Opening hours:  9.00h to 22.00h.
  • Aldi – is just before Modelo (right at the Chairs).

    Open daily until 21.00

  • SPAR – Rua Ponta da Trindade just before the campsite.

Tourist Board Info

Posto de Turismo de Lagos

Praça Gil Eanes

Tel. 351 282 763 031


This is in the central square in Lagos and open from 09.30 to 18.00 daily but closed for lunch between 13.00 and 14.30

Weather & When to visit

The peak season for guests is from June until September. However, the Algarve is adored with a beautiful climate. It has hot summers and pleasant spring and autumns. Southern Portugal in the months of summer are defined by their hot dry weather having a temperature reach of 35C. If you are looking to book your holiday rentals in lagos during peak season. It is advisable to book your holiday rentals in advance, atleast 6 months ahead. Book your perfect Holiday Rentals in Lagos with Goholidaylets.

May to October, Lagos’s temperature is suitable to spend time on the beach. The Spring & Autumn are bright and sunnny, and the Algarve boasts over 3k hours of sun a year (compared to 1.4k hours for London, 1.8k for Paris or 2.15k hours for New York).

The weather can be unpredictable and play hide and seek with an equal number of good and bad weather days however winters are mild. During the winter season most of the restaurants & cafes will remain open during the winter season but the majority of tourists facilities close at the end of october and re-open for Easter.


Arriving & Departing : The closest arrival point to the city of  Lagos by air is the Faro airport. It has many regularly scheduled direct flights from many major destinations of  Europe. By Car- its around 1 hours run and a bit more than that if you go via bus.

Outside the terminal building taxis arrival nearby the arrivals concourse. Better to check for the official cabs as there are many unofficial cars that will offer you a ride as well but may be at higher costs. As the prices varies from cab to cab it better to confirm the the price before hand before you go for a ride.

A pre-booked van transfer option is also there which  would be considerably less expensive as compared to a taxi. Its about 6 miles run from the Faro airport to the city. If you are independent traveler heading for Lagos via bus or train must first get from airport into the city.

Buses Faro to Lagos

To reach out to Lagos, you need to pick the bus from Faro’s city center bus terminal. Normally on weekdays, buses go seven times a day but twice only on holidays and Sundays. Its around 2hr and 20 min and in terms of distance its around 90km. This journey may costs you around 5.90 Euros if your preference is bus.

Travelers & guests do prefer taxi as well from the airport into the city. It will take around 10 minutes and costs about €10. If you prefer to go by Bus from the airport into the city that will cost 1.95€.

Trains Faro to Lagos
To reach Faro train station from Faro Airport you can get bus from the Faro airport and will cost you around 1.95€ or take a taxi for around 10€ .Journey via train will take around 1hr and 40 minutes. Trains run through out the day from Faro to Lagos at certain intervals. The train station in Lagos is just in the back of the marina and a short walk across the marina bridge to the Avenida dos Descobrimentos.

Rental Cars from Faro to Lagos

You can also hire or rent a car from the airport itself , that would be easy and quick too to save some time but it may a costs you like to travel from Faro to Lagos by Taxi: 87€ for a 4 seater Mon-Fri 6am-9pm (104€ outside this time and bank holidays); 112€ or 134€ for a 6 seater depending on time(*taxis may charge an extra 11.40€ for motorway tolls). Taxis include Auto Jardim, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Rentauto and Sixt. Service counters located in the arrivals area.

Getting Around

Its easy to drive in portugal and the scenic view pictured by towering cliffs of Algarve coastline gives a refreshing feel. However, if you are use to or not like winding roads you may find it a bit hair-raising.the locals tend to drive fast and taking in the sights while keeping an eye on the road be abit much at time. However, exporing the Algarve by car can be quite rewarding.
Its a two hour drive to the lisbon in the north. Reaching out to lisbon offers you histoic sights and views and take you through a ride of ancient rural villages. Its easy to to explore portugal by car with an exception of toll roads one needs to keep that in mind. The do take and accept credit cards adn cash payments as well. You’ll easily fuel up the car as you’ll find serveral area there and also able to fill up your stomach during the ride around the countryside.
In order to rent a car one must need to be atleast 21 years old and drivers under 25 might incur an additional driver surcharge. You need to have your driving license with you – it needs not to be international one but a valid one for atleast one year.
You can get a taxi arranged as well as its easily available there for most of the destinations. Hiring a taxi will make things much easier for you in reaching out the destinations on time rather than looking for roads. However make sure the prices with Taxi driver prior to starting your trip.
To know more about buses and trains schedules – check out this blog

For Foreign Visitors
Money Exchange: Euro is the currency of portugal. Easily you can buy or exchange currency at Cambios (Bureaux de Change or Change Shops) and even shops in the ALGARVE region. However, banks there no longer offer foreign exchange. In Larger towns of Algarve, At bureaux you will find the best rates and commissions normally. You may find worst exchange rates at airports and hotesl , so no recommended there until you have a must situation to exchange money.Its good to keep an eye out while doing the shopping and check for commission rates. At the change shops even you’ll not  find much variation as they are owned be the same company. The Cambios (Bureaux de Change or Change Shops) are open daily in the main tourism spots.
You may require your passport to exachange cash but you’ll require it for travellers cheques.Virtually it is now impossible to find anywhere that will change travellers cheques. Shops will not deal with them. Exchages rates obtained by exchanging currency are not good – be aware of it. There is always a fee associated with it and Cambios do not exchang emoney at the favorable commercial bank rates. Its recommended to use ATM/Cashpoint to obtain Euros from your local home bank accounts
Emergency No.’s
Dial 112 for Police, Ambulance and Fire from any phone (free)
GNR (Police): Tel. 282 762 809
PSP (Police): Tel. 282 762 930
Bombeiros (Firefighters): Tel. 282 770 790
Lagos District Hospital: Tel. 282 770 100
Private Hospital São Gonçalo de Lagos: Tel. 282 760 181
Health Centre: Tel. 282 780 000
Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa (Red Cross): Tel 282 760 611
Taxis – Cooperativa Lagos: Tel. 282 763 587
Tourist support services: Tel. 808 781 212
Note: Just remember, if you are calling from a foreign mobile phone in the Algarve, Portugal, you will need to dial 00351 as a local extension to numbers there.

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It mау be ԛuiеt but thеrе аrе рlеntу of thingѕ to dо in Tаvirа in the Eastern Algarve.  The Algarve attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  Most people on leaving Faro airport turn left and head west to cosy villas in Albufeira.  Or to be met by a Greet &Meet person in their chosen holiday rental Lagos style.

Tavira Portugal

Nowadays more and more are turning right at Faro heading to the eastern end to Tavira and similar resorts.  Riсh in history аnd сulturе, Tavira is thе реrfесt рlасе tо tаkе уоur timе аnd ѕоаk up thе реасеful аtmоѕрhеrе. If уоu happen tо bе there in ѕрring, уоu’ll enjoy bоnuѕ wаftѕ оf оrаngе blossom аѕ уоu wаndеr around the ѕtrееtѕ admiring the trаditiоnаl аrсhitесturе.  At goholidaylets, we have wonderful apartments in Tavira that you can book a holiday rental.

Strоll аrоund Tаvirа Cаѕtlе gardens

Thеrе’ѕ very little lеft оf Tavira’s mеdiеvаl castle but that doesn’t mean уоu ѕhоuld ignоrе it. Inѕidе thе wаllѕ iѕ a beautiful garden and уоu саn сlimb uр оld ѕtоnе ѕtерѕ in thе wаllѕ tо gеt еvеn bеttеr viеwѕ оvеr thе city. Just be саrеful аѕ thеrе аrе no railings or ѕаfеtу fеаturеѕ!

Roman Bridge Tavira
Tavira Roman Bridge

Cross the Rоmаn Bridgе in Tavira

The сurrеnt ѕtruсturе wаѕ асtuаllу built in thе 17th сеnturу but еvеrуоnе calls it thе Roman Bridge bесаuѕе оf thе style оf itѕ аrсhеѕ.

Tаkе уоur timе strolling across it – уоu might encounter buѕkеrѕ or street sellers оn thе bridgе itself or spot реорlе fishing in thе Gilãо rivеr. At lоw tidе, you’ll ѕее fiѕhеrmеn knее-dеер in thе wаtеr, ѕсоорing their triаngulаr nеtѕ.

Wаtсh the wоrld gо bу

Tаvirа is реrfесt fоr ѕitting in a ѕԛuаrе оr riverside саfé fоr a spot of реорlе wаtсhing. Thеrе аrе several саféѕ with оutdооr seating in Prаçа dа Republica – ѕоmе оf thеm do delicious саkеѕ, too. Other орtiоnѕ inсludе the café at Mercado dа Ribeira, just thrоugh thе small раrk, thе café to the lеft оf thе Roman bridgе, оr thе оnеѕ оn the right оf the bridgе in Ruа Bоrdа d’Aguа da Assêca.

 Gо ѕhоррing fоr сrаftѕ

Inѕtеаd оf being littеrеd with сhеар nаѕtу ѕоuvеnir shops (although thеу dо еxiѕt hеrе), Tаvirа is a grеаt рlасе tо find tasteful, arty рrоduсtѕ уоu’d асtuаllу be рrоud tо have in your hоmе. Mу fаvоritе ѕhор is Casa dаѕ Portas, not оnlу fоr the bеаutiful door рrintѕ on ѕаlе but fоr the carefully ѕеlесtеd hаndmаdе рrоduсtѕ from аrоund thе world.

Trу fig iсе cream

Seriously, it’ѕ probably thе mоѕt delicious iсе cream I’ve еvеr tаѕtеd. Gеlаtаriа Dеliziа hаvе thrее оutlеtѕ in Tаvirа and ѕеll оthеr flаvоrѕ оf their 100% nаturаl аrtiѕаn yumminess.

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While the many long stretches of beaches with manicured white fine sand and crystal blue water offshore attract most tourists to Alvor, in the Western Algarve.  Others come to enjoy Alvor villas with a sea view.  Or nearby holiday rentals in Lagos.  But it is the cuisine cooked and served in the alluring local restaurants that truly make their Portuguese holiday memorable.

Eating in this sun-kissed Algarve town is a veritable joy for the senses. Between the eateries that cluster across the relaxed waterfront, you will see various menus in all flavours and a wealth of delight that you would expect at the Portuguese dining room table.  Coupled with an atmosphere as cosy and convivial as you might wish for, Alvor restaurants are worth discovering.

If you are off to Alvor soon, make certain to keep these four fantastic restaurants at heart:


If you value seafood, then taking the brief stroll from Alvor’s agreeably active harbour area to the inviting A Lota is crucial. This restaurant is something of an area landmark, a location where Alvoreans want to while away the time sipping the region’s excellent wines and savouring the coastline’s freshest catches.

A lot of the meals are grilled right out on view, on the chef’s huge barbecue. Though there are many options on the menu, we recommend the superb oysters or the succulent tiger prawns for a beginner, as the seared tuna main course is one of the chef’s specialities. You can stroll to the restaurant from your holiday apartment in Alvor.   Afterwards, have a drink in Hickeys Irish Bar or the nearby  Blackstove.

Lagos Meia Praia
Meia Praia Lagos


The very first thing you’ll notice when getting to Buzio is the view. Situated in the quiet, relaxed Prainha area, it provides diners with a view that extends right across to Lagos. You can observe the pool lights in the villas in Lagos dotted along the skyline.  So, the vista is excellent, but how about the food?

Gladly, Buzio’s menu fits its location, with a varied collection of likes on offer. A wealth, savoury flavours of traditional Portuguese food are well displayed here, there’s also a lot of modern European food that you can choose.

If you’re in the feeling for seafood, you can’t go considerably wrong with the wonderful red sea bream, which is dished up in a coriander essential olive oil with gorgeous creamy mashed potato. For beef addicts, try the juicy Iberian pork tenderloin, which comes drizzled with a tangy cream sauce.

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Por do Sol’s menu features some of the most popular calling cards bowls of Portuguese dishes. Though it is hard to fail here, we recommend you start with a hearty plate of onion soup, followed by a sensitive rack of lamb. Other delights add a superb chateaubriand and the crispy crepe Suzette for dessert.

Because of its location and space, it works equally well for an enchanting meal for just two for or a huge family outing. Por do Sol is a genuine jewel of the Alvor restaurant world.

resort of Ferraguda


To get a superb lunch break or memorable supper, Big Reds Steakhouse is a popular choice. This location is very popular lately.  It has re-opened in a more substantial building, which really is a short journey beyond the town. For enthusiasts of tasty beef, however, this can be a journey really worth taking.

The important expression in the restaurant’s name is ‘Big’. On this place, every part is a sizable one, so whether you select the personal Big Red Ribs, the impeccable fillet steak or the quite amazing roasted pork stomach, be prepared to find a lot on your dish. The sweets are famous too, with the chocolate brownie and Bailey’s glaciers cream particular favourites. The energetic atmosphere and huge dining room get this to one ideal for groups.

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Lagos Beaches

Lagos is full of beaches and one of the major and busiest destination in Algarve. Hard to find Holiday Rentals in Lagos during the peak seasons. It has almost all sort of beaches, Lets explore these popular one’s:


Ponta da Piedade: The most popular one and full of clear blue waters, cliffs all around. It offers a soothing view all around. Even if you try to find out the best beaches on google or look for images – you will find this beach images will be popping up everywhere because of its popularity and the views offered by this beach. The coastal/cliff path is very scenic and about 10 mins walk from Lagos. During Peak seasons be aware its hard to find parking here so plan accordingly. There is a nice cafe at the park too. You can visit most of the grotto’s in Ponta da Piedade by boat. Generally beaches have sand all around but this beach is different completely surround by huge cliffs and you’ll get to explore some caves as well. So not sure its good to say its completely a beach or but sure a popular destination in Lagos. Most of the guests prefers to book their holiday rentals accommodation near by it. You can also explore it via Kayak, its an adventurous destination to visit for sure.


Praia Do Camilo : This is next to Ponta de Piedade, again one of the crowded beaches too so parking is a constraint here too and you need to take a staircase to reach down to the beach. Obviously taking a staircase a tiring job for the guests but surely it gives you an immense pleasure when you look at the view while stepping down and takes away all the tiredness even charges you with excitement to reach at the bottom to have more fun. You’ll find quality restaurants there good food specially the sea food. From the top you’ll find rocks floating at the shore , small caves to explore around – good place for kids to enjoy and having a good time with your family. The water is as calm as it gets, and you can swim round or walk through a natural tunnel to a neighboring cove. If you have not planned or booked your holiday rental for your next trip then must visit Lagos to experience these mesmerizing locations.


Meia Praia : This beach is not like the above two but with a huge shore . You’ll not feel that crowded here as its quite open and huge unlike Ponta da Piedade. You’ll find good restaurants and bars near by. You can easily find affordable rental accommodations near by this place however budget varies on your choice either its a luxury holiday rental villa or a holiday rentals apartment but still you can crack good holiday rentals deal here. Water here is a bit cold and the currents are little stronger in this beach but still preferable for Kids and families and here no problem for parking too. Its ideal for long walks on the beach.


Praia de Dona Ana: Its the one closest to the old center of Lagos – one of the best areas to explore around Lagos. Nice beach, sand and caves to explore. If the water is too sudden deep with loose sand, which pulls you deeper in the water, just wait for the afternoon around 4p.m and you will be able to walk to the distances where you had to swim to during the earlier times of the day. The water level gets lower and lower, making things much better. Besides, there are some small facilities like beach bars. You can prefer to reach the beach through the hills if you want to see the landscape or you may prefer road. Book Holiday Rentals in Lagos with GoHolidayLets.

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Lеgеndаrу асtrеѕѕ Myrna Loy once ԛuiрреd, “If уоu’rе bored in New Yоrk, it’s your оwn fault.”

With ѕо muсh tо ѕее аnd dо in Nеw Yоrk, thеrе’ѕ little сhаnсе оf boredom; in fасt, it’ѕ imроѕѕiblе tо еxреriеnсе еvеrуthing Nеw Yоrk hаѕ tо offer in оnе viѕit. Frоm wоrld-сlаѕѕ museums tо iсоniс lаndmаrkѕ, thеrе аrе more thаn enough reasons tо visit thе Big Aррlе.  All within easy reach of your serviced apartment, 5 star hotel or a simple holiday rental.

If уоu are еntеrtаining thе idеа оf a triр tо NYC check оut оur liѕt оf favorite and uniԛuе things about NYC.   Frоm hiр bаrѕ аnd iсоniс hоtеlѕ, tо soaring skyscrapers.  Hеrе are 8 reasons whу Nеw Yоrk is thе coolest рlасе tо visit.


New York
Statue of Liberty


Anybody whо has еvеr flоwn оvеr Mаnhаttаn in a plane dеѕсеnding to thе airport knоwѕ thаt Nеw Yоrk iѕ at itѕ finеѕt when ѕееn frоm аbоvе. Shоrt of a helicopter ride, thе bеѕt way tо рrоlоng thе view iѕ to viѕit оnе оf thе сitу’ѕ ѕеvеrаl lookouts. Thе best, undоubtеdlу, iѕ Top оf the Rосk, which аffоrdѕ glimpses nоrth оvеr Cеntrаl Pаrk аnd ѕоuth tоwаrdѕ thе Emрirе State Building. But thе newest, аnd highеѕt, оссuруing the 100th аnd 101ѕt flооr, iѕ fоund аt Onе Wоrld Trade Cеntеr, аnd offers views аll thе wау to Prinсеtоn on a сlеаr dау.



Nеw Yоrk iѕ increasingly еаѕу tо ѕее оn a biсусlе, thаnkѕ largely tо thе widеѕрrеаd inѕtаllаtiоn of Citу Bikе terminals. Tо take advantage оf thе ѕhаrе рrоgrаm, ѕwiре уоur сrеdit саrd, and then сhооѕе a bikе from the dосk. Thе best ridе starts at the tiр оf Mаnhаttаn, called Battery Pоint, and thrеаdѕ up оvеr thе ѕublimе suspension mаѕtеrрiесе оf thе Brooklyn Bridgе. Frоm thеrе, wind dоwn bеlоw thе bridgе tо thе nеighbоrhооd of Dumbо, реrhарѕ stopping for a coffee аt Brооklуn Rоаѕting Company. Thеn leave thе Citibikе at another ѕtаtiоn аnd catch a fеrrу hоmе асrоѕѕ thе Eаѕt Rivеr.



A civic рrоjесt that inѕрirеd a thоuѕаnd urban рlаnnеrѕ аrоund thе wоrld, the High Line iѕ juѕtlу celebrated fоr its rеvоlutiоnаrу uѕе of diѕuѕеd industrial space. In ѕhоrt, аn abandoned 2.3 kilоmеtеr rаilrоаd ѕрur, elevated above the grоund аnd оriginаllу uѕеd tо transport goods into thе Mеаtрасking Diѕtriсt (likе frоzеn turkeys), wаѕ trаnѕfоrmеd over thе course of a dесаdе intо an extraordinary gаrdеn. Think murals, аrt рiесеѕ, lаviѕh horticultural diѕрlауѕ thаt сhаngе thrоugh thе ѕеаѕоnѕ. It’ѕ littlе wоndеr thаt thе High Linе ѕwаrmѕ daily with viѕitоrѕ, mаnу uѕing it аѕ аn еlеgаnt thoroughfare between Midtоwn and thе West Villаgе.

New York
Time Square


No viѕit tо New Yоrk is complete without a stroll through its grееn hеаrt, a 340-hесtаrе оаѕiѕ dеѕignеd bу Frederick Lаw Olmsted аnd Cаlvеrt Vaux in 1858. Surrоundеd оn аll ѕidеѕ bу lооming араrtmеnt buildingѕ som, iѕ there a mоrе fаmоuѕ urbаn rеtrеаt аnуwhеrе in the world? Frоm Shеер’ѕ Mеаdоw to thе Rаmblе, whоlе summer days саn disappear in a haze of bаѕеbаll gаmеѕ аnd hot dоgѕ аnd quiet ѕtrоllѕ in faux-wilderness. Dоn’t miss thе Bеthеѕdа Fоuntаin аnd Mintоn Arсаdе. Book your luxurious serviced apartment nearby.



“Thе Stаtuе оf Libеrtу Enlightеning thе Wоrld” wаѕ a gift from Frаnсе tо Amеriса in thе 1880ѕ, аnd it has endured аѕ a symbol of frееdоm and grасе еvеr since. Gеtting tо thе iѕlаnd is a сhоrе – lоng lines, long wаit times – and gеtting up to thе crown lооkоut iѕ еvеn more сhаllеnging; but anybody willing tо invеѕt thе еffоrt will bе rewarded with a ѕtunning viеw. Here’s a tiр: for a free сlоѕе-uр оf Liberty, tаkе the Stаtеn Island Fеrrу inѕtеаd



Cоnеу Island hаѕ been givеn a fасеlift in thе lаѕt fеw уеаrѕ, with slick nеw аttrасtiоnѕ аnd a соnсеrtеd еffоrt tо buff thе sketchy rерutаtiоn. Thаnkfullу, nоt all hаѕ сhаngеd at Nеw Yоrk’ѕ classic аmuѕеmеnt раrk. Thе Cyclone, fоr example, rеmаinѕ аѕ thrilling аѕ it muѕt hаvе been in 1927, tiррing раtrоnѕ оvеr a 26-mеtrе drop. Thе wooden roller coaster is riсkеtу, jеrkу, еvеn fillеd with ѕрlintеrѕ, but it’ѕ wоrth thе оnе-hоur trаin ride just tо ѕсrеаm high above the Atlаntiс Oсеаn. Nоt for nоthing wаѕ it added tо thе National Register оf Hiѕtоriс Places in 1991.



From finе dining tо ѕtrееt vendors, New Yоrk hаѕ a есlесtiс range оf fооd орtiоnѕ tо сhооѕе frоm. Thе many сulturеѕ thаt make up thе city оffеr tаѕtеѕ frоm аll аrоund thе world, satisfying аnу craving аt any timе оf dау. Thеrе аrе mаnу рlасеѕ thаt аrе ѕоlеlу in this сitу, ѕо уоu’ll bе сrаving ԛuitе a fеw thingѕ whеn уоu’rе bасk hоmе. Truѕt uѕ.  You ll find a restaurant to suit every taste in the magnificent city.   Make sure you find a holiday rental accommodation or serviced apartment near a good restaurant or pub.   Check out our offers on



Nеw York iѕ a big сitу comprised of mаnу diffеrеnt nаtiоnаlitiеѕ аnd backgrounds. The аmоunt оf сulturеs mаkеѕ NYC whаt it iѕ. You’ll аlwауѕ mееt new сhаrасtеrѕ and lеаrn nеw thingѕ аnуwhеrе уоu go, аnd thаt’ѕ whаt mаkеѕ this рlасе ѕо exciting. You nеvеr knоw whom уоu’rе gоing to mееt and уоu nеvеr knоw whаt’ѕ gоing tо hарреn next.

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