Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station

Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station, Algarve

Vila Real de Santo Antonio is the eastern terminus of the Algarve Line from Lagos in the east via Faro and Tavira stations.

Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station, Algarve.
The art deco station front

The Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station building is a lovely white-washed art deco structure about 15 minutes' walk from the center of town.

There are presently 13 trains a day from Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station to Faro where travellers can change for onward connections to Lagos or northwest to the capital Lisbon.

Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station, Algarve, Portugal.
The platform

Stations

The stops on the line from Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station are Monte Gordo, Castro Marim, Cacela, Conceição, Porta Nova, Tavira, Luz, Livramento, Fuzeta, Fuzeta-A, Olhão, Bom João and Faro.

Train Times

Trains leave Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station for Faro at 5.48 am, 6.26 am, 7.05 am, 7.22 am, 9.08 am, 11.13 am, 12.39 pm, 1.33 pm, 3.33 pm, 4.35 pm, 6.03 pm, 7.10 pm, and 8.42 pm.

Trains on the Algarve Line

Hotels

Walk south from the station to get to the centre of Vila Real de Santo Antonio. places to stay include the Hotel Apolo, Coracao de Cidade, and Villa Marquez.

Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station, Portugal.
Train

Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station timetable.
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Residencial A Doca Faro

Residencial A Doca, Faro, Algarve

The Residencial A Doca (Book this hotel with Booking.com) is located in the center of Faro, very close to the Doca de Recreio waterfront. In its previous incarnation, the property was the Residencial Oceano.

Residencial A Doca, Faro, Algarve, Portugal.


Clean, good value, and with Wifi, the Residencial A Doca is a recommended place to stay for single travelers on a budget or small families.

Residencial A Doca is close to the Japanese-style eatery Omakase and the Ancora Bar and is close to many of Faro's main attractions in the Old Town which is a few minutes' walk away.

Residencial Oceano in Faro Algarve Portugal

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Rua 1º de Maio nº21
8000-474 Faro
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Accommodation in Faro

Faro is chock-a-block with places to stay, and with all competing for guests, most are of excellent quality for reasonable rates. Start your search with the following recommendations, listed from more to less expensive.

Luxury Guest House Opus One offers one of the best possible hotel experiences to be had in Faro, with quarters that truly live up to the name "Luxury." The interior is as varied as it is tasteful, impeccably combining aesthetics and comfort - and not without an element of surprise. The rooms are very spacious and guests can enjoy a private semi-open pool and Jacuzzis. Even includes a billiard room and music room. The location is prime, down a quiet side street, with the Igreja do Carmo on 2 minutes' walk away, and Faro Train Station only 5 minutes' walk away. Supreme comfort and relaxation in the heart of Faro.

Casa da Madalena Bed & Breakfast has something for everyone in terms of budget, but the private Double Room sleeping up to three people, and including breakfast, is legendary. This beautifully atmospheric space is a blend of modern minimalism and classic old warmth. The location, too, is unbeatable, being in the middle of Faro very near the bus and train stations, the Faro Marina, the Igreja do Carmo, the Lethes Theater. Boasts an expansive terrace with hammocks for delightful relaxation. Spotlessly clean, and warmly hospitable.

Lemon Tree Stay is a superbly tasteful, restful hideaway near the Praca da Liberdade offering the mod-cons of accommodation convenience with a traditional vibe - and lots of greenery. Guests love the helpfulness and hospitality of the hosts, the central location, the courtyard and rooftop terrace, and the immaculate cleanliness.

Other recommended hotels in the Algarve region of southern Portugal include the four-star Vicentina Hotel in Aljezur and the Casa do Alto in Vilamoura.

Stay in comfort in Faro
Stay in comfort in Faro

Alojamento Local Bela Vista Olhao

Alojamento Local Bela Vista Olhão

If you are looking for a cheap, traditional place to stay in Olhão on the Algarve, Alojamento Local Bela Vista should be high up on your list of possibilities.

Alojamento Local Bela Vista, Olhao.

Situated just a few hundred meters from the main restaurant street on Avenida 5 de Outubro, the ferry terminal for Ilha da Armona and Ilha da Culatra as well as the town's famous fish and fresh produce markets, Alojamento Local Bela Vista is ideal if you don't want to break the bank and stay at the modern, five star Real Marina.

Alojamento Local Bela Vista, Olhao, Portugal.


The double and twin rooms are not spacious but adequate enough for a short stay. There is plenty of space up on the roof terrace which also has some nice views out over town. There is WiFi throughout and a laundry just round the corner.

Alojamento Local Bela Vista, Olhao, Algarve.


Things can get a bit noisy during the annual Festival do Marisco in August but the loud music doesn't go on so late.

It's only 10-15 minutes from the hotel to both Olhão railway station and bus terminal for onward transport to Faro, Lisbon or Seville in Spain.

Alojamento Local Bela Vista, Olhao, Algarve, Portugal.


A similarly traditional inn in Olhão with roof terrace and friendly service is the English-run AL - Alojamento Local Pension Bicuar.

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Rua Teófilo Braga 65
8700-520 Olhão
Portugal

Other recommended hotels in the Algarve region of southern Portugal include the four star Vicentina Hotel in Aljezur.

The hotel is a short walk from the interesting Museu de Cidade (Municipal Museum).

Alojamento Local Bela Vista, Olhao, Portugal.

Alojamento Local Bela Vista, Olhao, Portugal.

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Arenilha Guest House Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Arenilha Guest House Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Located right in the centre of the old town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio, the pleasant Arenilha Guest House makes for an excellent place to lodge whether it is for a night or a longer stay.

Arenilha Guest House Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal.

The rooms for two people may be a little on a small size but the Arenilha is clean and well-kept with friendly staff. There is a pleasant terrace outside on the street that is lined with restaurants and bars. Adequate free Wifi is provided.

Vila Real de Santo Antonio is very much a family-orientated resort and noise is at a minimum not much after dark making for a good night's sleep.

Arenilha Guest House Vila Real de Santo Antonio.


The Arenilha Guest House is about 15 minutes on foot from Vila Real de Santo Antonio railway station and only about five minutes from the bus station on the river front next to the ferry across the Rio Guadiana to Ayamonte and Spain.

From here there is an EVA bus to Seville in Spain at 9.35 am as well as local buses to Monte Gordo.

The main places of interest in the town are within easy reach including Praça Marquês de Pombal, the City Hall, the Tourist Information Office and the 18th century parish church.

Arenilha Guest House Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

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Rua D. Pedro V 55, 8900-29
Vila Real de Santo António
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Rua D. Pedro V is off Rua 5 de Outubro near the post office.

Arenilha Guest House, Algarve.


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Manta Rota Algarve

Manta Rota, Algarve

Manta Rota is a small seaside resort west of both Monte Gordo and the border town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The pretty sandy beaches at Manta Rota form part of the larger Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.

Manta Rota, Portugal.
The promenade

Just to the west of Manta Rota is Cacela Velha (Old Cacela) a historic fishing village that has become better known, though not over-crowded in recent times. The village is known for its annual Noites da Moura Encantada (Nights of the Enchanted Moor) festival held in early August. The beach here is popular with gay visitors. The four-star Robinson Club Quinta da Ria close to two golf courses is the upmarket place to stay. Other recommended hotels in the area include the Hotel Turoasis and the Cabanas Park Resort.

Robinson Club Quinta da Ria
Robinson Club Quinta da Ria

There are bus connections to Manta Rota from both Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo Antonio to the east and from Faro and Tavira to the west. The nearest train station is Cacela on the local line between Faro and Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

Before the onset of tourism the area's economy was geared to fishing especially the local sardines and tuna. The town's restaurants serve excellent fresh fish and seafood done in the Algarve style.

Manta Rota, Algarve, Portugal.
The beach

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