Tips and Information For Traveling To The Algarve, Portugal

Traveling to The Algarve: Pro Tips and Practical Info


What to know before you go to The Algarve

If you’re considering a trip to the Algarve, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. This beautiful region of Portugal is known for its stunning beaches and lush greenery. But before you set off, there are a few things you should know about this region, from currency to language and everything in between. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help ensure your trip goes seamlessly! 



Currency in the Algarve

The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (€). Before leaving for your trip, make sure you get some Euros before arriving in Algarve so that you don’t waste any time looking for an ATM when you arrive. Check the current exchange rates online so that you can budget accordingly.



Algarve Government & Constitution

As a democratic country, Portugal honors the values of equality,  freedom of speech, and political tolerance. Travelers visiting Algarve will be welcomed with open arms, but of course, are expected to adhere to the local laws and practices to ensure a trouble-free, terrific time in this fantastic country.



Algarve Electricity/Voltage 

Algarve uses electricity at 220-240V, 50Hz with European standard Europlug and Schuko plug sockets. If you plan on using electrical appliances that operate on a different voltage, a transformer is required, while appliances that have different plugs will need an adapter.


Language in the Algarve

Most people in the Algarve speak Portuguese but English is widely spoken as well. It's always polite to learn some basic words and phrases in the local language before visiting a foreign country - after all, it's part of experiencing the culture! If you feel like brushing up on your Portuguese skills before traveling, there are plenty of online resources available. 



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Wi-Fi/Internet Access in the Algarve

The internet is accessible almost everywhere across Portugal and Wi-Fi networks are available throughout most public spaces such as coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, and hostels. You may need to ask an employee for the password before connecting though, as these networks are usually password-protected. Make sure your mobile device is unlocked if you want to use a local SIM card while traveling too!



What to Pack For Your Algarve Trip

  • Bathing suits and water shoes (for the beach or hotel facilities)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses/sun hat
  • Power plug adaptor/voltage converter
  • Camera and/or Camera Phone
  • Lightweight coat/windbreaker or raincoat
  • Walking shoes/sneakers (sandals or flip-flops for the pool and/or dinners)
  • Comfortable/athletic wear/shorts
  • Lightweight sack/shoulder bag for walks/hikes

Portuguese summers can be very hot and humid, so light layers are essential in order to stay cool and comfortable during the day. It is also important to bring good sun cream with a high SPF rating as temperatures can reach up to 40°C during peak summer months.



Public Transports in the Algarve

There are various forms of public transportation available in all main towns between Lagos and Vila Real de Santo António,  such as buses, taxis, and trains which make getting around much easier than driving yourself around unfamiliar roads. Be sure to look up timetables online before departing so that you can plan accordingly! 



Schedule Information on Public Spaces in the Algarve



Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 15:00

Closed on Saturdays and official holidays.


Post Offices:

Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 18:00

Central post offices and those at airports are open on Saturdays.



Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 19:00

Saturday: 09:00 – 13:00



Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 19:00



Useful Contacts During Your Stay in the Algarve

It's always handy to have some useful contacts saved just in case something goes wrong during your travels or if there's an emergency situation - this could be anything from medical emergencies or lost items/documents etc. You should save contact information for local hospitals/clinics, police stations, and even embassies/consulates just in case they come in handy during your stay in Algarve!



Faro Red Cross - 289 899 900

Faro -  289 891 100

Lagos - 282 770 100

Portimão - 282 450 330


Emergency / S.O.S

The Portugal Getaways Customer Care team is available 7 days a week to answer your concerns by phone, email, or chat, in the event of an emergency, dial 112, the national emergency service, free of charge. If you require medical assistance, you should go to the local Health Care Centre (Centro de Saúde).



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