Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Course

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Vale Do Lobo, Almancil, Algarve, 8135-901, Portugal
Dona Filipa Hotel
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Costs 25% less but rated 18% lower than other 5 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families100
  • Couples50
  • Solo100
  • Business75

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out of hours (car hire) faro

by senahel

how much do they charge for out of hours return?
i will be returning car at 6am, but site says charges are payable at desk
but does not say how much extra.

would it be better to drop car back the day before?

thanks in advance.

Re: out of hours (car hire) faro

by GrumpyDiver

I've never run into a situation where there is a charge for an out of hours return. I beleive the charges that they are referring to is the car rental charges that need to be paid up when you drop off the car.

Most places have a key drop slot (usually at or near the same counter you would check your car back in). If you have paid by credit card, they will process the transaction once the key is returned. I've done this many times and have never had an issue.

Re: out of hours (car hire) faro

by senahel

this is what it says....

Your Rental Includes
* Unlimited Kilometres

* Insurance ( - Collision Damage Waiver - Theft Protection - 3rd Party Liability )
* Local Taxes
* Airport Surcharge
* Road Fee
* First Additional Driver
* 24 Hour Roadside Assistance

Other Fees Payable Locally
* Out of Hours Fees
* Additional extras requested at time of booking or purchased locally (for example child seats)
* Fines, Toll Fees & Parking Charges
* Supplementary Insurance to cover injuries to drivers &/or passengers

Re: out of hours (car hire) faro

by KakapoTheParrot

When we returned our car to Faro it was utter chaos. The place where cars were returned was far too small and there were cars just dumped anywhere people could. We ended up doing the same - I only remember it because I was unhappy about where I left our hire car. However, when it came to key return, in the airport there were just a set of 'letter boxes' on a wall that you put your keys into. There was a letter box per company. No one checked the car over, you just posted your keys and walked away.

Re: out of hours (car hire) faro

by senahel

thanks folks.

just rang carhire.told me they don't have drop off box,
but i can leave keys in car and leave car open.

i questioned the car being stolen and they said with cameras and that
you need a ticket to get the car out the airport, it would be safe......

Travel Tips for Faro

It's All In the Detail

by Ekaterinburg

Faro's buildings absolutely delighted and intrigued me. This was my first trip to Portugal and I was amazed at how different it is to Spain. Every house had either a delicately curved balcony, or an interesting door or some other feature I stopped and examined. I've included five photos here and I think I should let them speak for themselves.

Photo 1 is of a type of door knocker we saw all over Faro :the fist, sometimes just 1 and on a double door , two.

Photo 2 is just one of many photos I took of houses that caught my eye. I think the decorative detail on this one is particularly delicate and understated.

Photo 3: balconies of every shape and design , a lot of them pot bellied and curving out at the bottom.

Photo 4: Tiles/Azulejos used in every decorative way imaginable

Photo 5: A wall painting in the Old Town

The Waterfront at Faro

by Ekaterinburg

It's hard to know how to describe the waterfront at Faro. Part pleasure craft marina, part fishing boat harbour, it's actually enclosed and you have to go under a small bridge under the railway track to get to the channels of the lagoon outside. It's well back from the sea and the town beach is 7km away. You need to take the no 16 bus or get a boat from the harbour.

The town is nicely arranged around this waterfront which is shaped like an amphitheatre, an impression heightened by the broad sweep of steps leading down to the water right at the centre. On the Hotel Eva side it's very much posh marina ( photos 4&5), leading in to the Placa Dr Francesco Gomes and the tree-shaded Jardim Manuel Biver. This stretch, leading to the Old Town entrance is beautifully laid out and very,very relaxing to stroll round or relax on one of the many seats.

Beyond the entrance to the Old Town, there's more of a fishing harbour flavour and if you walk round here in the morning you'll see lots of activity on the boats coming and going from the lagoon. Photos 3 & 2.

Armação de Pera Nearby...

by ankx

Armação de Pera Nearby Locations
Places near to Armação de Pera are the market towns of Algoz, Alcantarilha, Porches and the inland historic and attractive City of Silves with its magnificent walls and castle.

Single storey houses

by Willettsworld

After you visit the Igreja de São Francisco, located on the other side of the large car park from the old town, if you walk north along Rua dos Cacadores 4, you'll pass by these nice small single-storey flat-roofed houses.

Ilha Deserta : The southernmost point in Portugal

by Ekaterinburg

The highlight of the Ria Formosa trip was a visit to one of the islands on the lagoon, the Ilha Deserta. This is apparently the most Southern point of Portugal and gets very busy with sunlovers and watersports enthusiasts in the summer. In early February however it was completely deserted, wild and primitive looking. There is one massive wooden structure, a bar cum restaurant and some dilapidated beach huts but absolutely no other buildings of any sort. A neatly crafted boardwalk runs right through the centre of the island and all along the various stretches of beach. At that stage in the afternoon, the sun had gone in, the wind was rising and the light was grey and eerie. We walked right round the island and had a chat with a man lying on a hammock outside one of the beach huts. It says in the books that the island is uninhabited but he looked very much at home. The beaches are magnificent and I would recommend a trip here whatever time of the year you visit.


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 Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Course

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Le Meridien Almancil
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Dona Filipa And San Lorenzo Golf Resort
Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Hotel Almancil

Address: Vale Do Lobo, Almancil, Algarve, 8135-901, Portugal