Found along Portugal’s south coast in the Algarve, holidays to Porches allow you to experience the country at its most authentic. This pretty seaside town isn’t just for beach lovers – it’s full of culture and a sense of history just waiting to be explored. Families will love the gently shelving beaches where little ones can paddle to their heart’s content while couples can enjoy a romantic sunset boat trip or the pretty streets of the town.
If you’re looking to try something livelier, nearby Lagos is just a 10 minute drive away. Here you’ll find shopping, activities, water sports and theme parks, perfect for families with older children. Hire a car and explore this stretch of coastline where you’ll find plenty of fishing villages, as well as little coves where you can relax with a picnic. Stop off in a family run taverna and try some of the country’s delicious seafood and locally sourced produce or sit in a streetside café and indulge in some people watching.
Flights from the UK to the Algarve take around 2 hours 40 minutes.
Transfer time from Faro airport to Porches is approximately 40 minutes.
Summers in the Algarve get pretty scorching, so beach-goers can expect the mercury to top 30°C in July and August. The shoulder months of April, May and October stay at a pleasantly toasty low 20s, and even in winter, things rarely drop below 15°C – ideal for year-round golfers.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.
A service charge won’t typically be added to your restaurant bill in the Algarve, so it’s common to leave a tip of around 10% of the bill. The same goes for taxi drivers – aim for 10% or round up your fare to the nearest euro. Tipping is not expected for bar staff, hotel porters or maids, although a euro or two would be appreciated for excellent service.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.