Luxury 4 Bed Villa, Porto De Mos, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

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Flights, Airport Transfers & Car Hire

It is advisable to book a taxi in advance if you are not hiring a car.  If you are hiring then there are numerous company's available at the airport and it is not necessary to book in advance, but it may be cheaper to do so
If you are not familiar with using the internet and need some help then telephone or email and we will find whatever information you need e.g. what flights are available, cost of car types etc.  Just ask and we will do our best to assist you
Airport Transfer Taxi If you want us to book you a taxi then that is no problem. The service we use has mini buses for the larger party where necessary.  Rates change depending on the time of day/night and whether your booking is peak season or otherwise.  As a general rule a taxi is 75 for 4 people and for 6-8 about 90 each way.  If we book it for you then generally your would pay the taxi driver after each transfer unless you particularly want us to pay it for you and then you would add it to the booking fee

The taxi service we recommend for their excellent service, quality cars and competative prices are VIP Chauffeurs http://www.vipchauffeurs-algarve.com  They are familiar with the Villa location

If you want to source your own taxi for Airport Transfers then type 'Taxi Faro Airport' in Google and you will find many links available that allow you to pre-book over the internet, but please ensure they are familiar with Porto De Mos, Ocean Villas complex and that they quote you a price before booking

Car Hire UPDATE FOR 2012:

The owners have found that booking cars at the same time as flights e.g. with Monarch, Ryanair, Easyjet etc. has become very expensive.  You will often see 'Special Offers' or 'Massive savings' advertised but we have found the prices can still be up to double what you could pay elsewhere.  We used http://www.economycarhire.com/ a few times - prices and service were excellent, but I'd still shop around as prices may change

When booking your flight some companies e.g. Monarch, allow you to book a car at the same time.  You can also use an internet search e.g. for 'car hire Faro Airport' to find many links.  It is easiest if you choose a company that is based at the Airport.  'Sixt' is one of the first ones you come across at Faro Airport but there are others e.g. Budget and so on.  It is often cheaper if you book in advance

Generally the hire car is full of fuel and you return it in the same condition. Please be aware that if booking over the internet there are many Agencies who then book one of the actual rental firms.  This method can have its down side as unlike most true rental firms you are required to pay when you book (compared to paying on the day and if your flight is delayed or cancelled then you may not get a refund), the excess insurance option means you still have to pay for damages but then claim it back later (better to get the insurance direct with the rental firm), Deposits are often much larger meaning your credit card withholds up to 1,500 for the duration of your holiday, etc.  We woudl recommend booking direct with one of the rental firms (Sixt, Budget, Avis, Europe Car, Hertz and similar).  Please also read the small print before booking for such as deposits and all costs (some charge for more than one driver etc) and you might prefer one that is on the airport for both pick up and return (e.g. Hertz return is on the airport approach meaning you have to use the shuttle bus

!!! PLEASE DO CHECK THE CAR FOR A FULL TANK OF PETROL AND THAT ALL DAMAGE IS NOTED ON THE FORM OTHERWISE A SIMPLE SCRATCH COULD COST YOU 1,000.00 !!!

Flights Faro is the airport you need and you can get flights from most airports to that destination.  Many airports offer at least one daily flight.  It is usually cheaper to book as much in advance as possible as the nearer the flight date the more expensive flights generally are.  Monarch is a popular airline and their prices are usually very competitive.  Easyjet is also competitively priced although they fly from fewer airports.  If you put 'Flights' or 'Cheap Flights' in such as Google then you will find many links that search for flights for you.  But don't just try one link - sometimes on one site the cheapest flight might be 250 whereas you can get it for 20 on a different site.  It really is worth shopping around!
Arrival & Departure times On your arrival date please remember that you should arrive at the Villa no earlier than 14:00 hrs (2 pm).  If your flight and transfer mean you will arrive earlier than 14:00 hrs then usually you can drop off your suitcases and then wander down to the beach, where you can have a coffee and a meal, or you could ask the taxi to take you shopping nearby, or go into town (Lagos).  You should then return to the Villa at 14:00 hrs where you will be given keys and shown around the Villa by the Property Manager. 

On your departure date you need to vacate the Villa by 10:00 hrs (10 am).  If this doesn't coincide with your flight & transfer times then you can usually leave your suitcases at the Villa and, again, visit the beach or the town, then have the taxi driver collect your suitcases form the Villa and yourselves from wherever you've decided to spend your time

Please note that the 10:00 hr and 14:00 hr time slots are to allow the Villa to be cleaned prior to the next Guest arrival and therefore these times are unlikely to be flexible.  If you have a late departure flight then you might consider booking the Villa for an extra day so that you can leave at whatever time in the afternoon/evening that suits you - and the same for your arrival where necessary.  Where other Guests arrival/departure times allow then we will aim to provide additional flexibility but please enquire if this is important to you prior to booking