Alternative Portugal Travel Directory


Lisbon is the principal airport for the Silver Coast resorts and from here you are little more than an hour's drive to where you are staying.

Flying to Lisbon couldn’t be easier – there are regular scheduled flights throughout the year from all corners of the UK. The flight time is around 2.5 hours, so it’s very much a short-haul journey. 

For destinations in SW Portugal, Faro is the best choice of airport and there are several flight routes from all over the UK. Allow up to 1 h 15 minutes transfer time to reach Sagres, a little less for Lagos and Salema.


Car hire is easy from both Lisbon and Faro airports. Try Sixt or Holiday Autos.

For peace of mind we suggest looking at taking out an 'off-the-shelf' insurance policy covering car hire: Insurance 4 Car Hire

For parking deals at UK airports try: Purple Parking Airport Parking UK


For transfers to the Foz do Arelho area try: 

Mr. Joao Paulo


Some clients prefer to take their time travelling to/from Portugal by taking the Plymouth-Santander or Portsmouth-Bilbao ferry to northern Spain and then driving south - sounds like a good plan doesn't it!

Driving Times & Distances

   Santander  Bilbao
 Lisbon  830 km (7h 20m)  864 km (7h 40m)
 Sagres  1084 km (9h 30m)  1117 km (10 h)

For ferry crossings to northern Spain: Brittany Ferries


For travel insurance, try:

If you are hiring a car in Portugal we recommend looking at  taking out an 'off-the-shelf' insurance policy covering car hire, such as: Insurance 4 Car Hire


The following links are helpful resources both before you travel and during your holiday overseas:

  • Passports -
  • Travelling abroad -
  • Foreign Office advice -

If you or any member of your party have any disabilities, it is extremely important that we make the necessary arrangements to make your holiday go smoothly. We must therefore insist that you contact our offices on +44(0)1395 576655 or email before completing any reservation to ensure comptability for the holiday that you choose.

There is a very useful Checklist for Disabled and Less Mobile Passengers available on ABTA's website.

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