Essential Information


Enquiries telephone 289 800 800


Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.00pm. (Closed all weekend and public holidays) Note: you get a better exchange rate for notes than travellers cheques.


For lost or stolen passports, emergencies etc., contact your National Consulate in the Algarve or the Embassy in Lisbon.
British Consulate
Largo F.A.
Tel 282 417 800.

Post Offices

Open monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.00pm.
Village post offices close for lunch between 12.30 and 2.00pm.
Charges for letters and postcards to all EU countries are 56cents (under 20g)


Coin or card operated boxes or metered phones in post offices and shops displaying credifone signs.


Speed limits are 40kph in built up areas, 90kph on open roads and 120kph on motorways. Always carry your drivers licence. Seat belt must be worn front and back. no children under 13 years of age are allowed in the front.

English language radio

101.2 kiss FM - Algarve
British news - Monday to Friday 8.30, 9.30,10.30, 14.00, 18.00, 19.00 and 20.00.
Saturday - 10.30, 14.00, 18.00, 19.00, 20.00.

Buses and trains

Buses and trains are fairly puctual and inexpensive. The train stations are mostly out of the towns. The stations that are reasonably close to towns are:
Lagos, Portimao, Silves, Almancil, Faro, Olhao, Tavira, Villa Real de St. Antonio
Check with local tourists office for timetables.