I booked Auto Jardim through First Choice here in the UK before going out.
They delivered the car free and on time to the apartment, a nice modern Renault Clio with air con,the only extra to pay was the damage waiver insurance, which turned to be approx euro 52:00 for the week with a 50:00euro deposit,which I got on return of the car.
Overall I was very impressed with their service and would use them again.
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I hired a car for my time in the Algarve as I wanted the freedom of exploring all the way along the coast from Cabo de Sao Vicente in the west to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish border in the east and so didn't use the local bus. However, there is a very useful English website dedicated to bus routes and timetables etc which you can find below. If you don't have a car then this is the next best way of getting around the Algarve as well as the train, details of which are also provided on the same website.
there are ONDA bussen around lagos.
Is cheaper to buy a card ONDA with 10 trips for 7,5 euros for BURGAU and LUZ,bus 4 onda amarela.(otherwise costs 1,50 a trip)
for PORTO DE MOS en MEIA PRAIA 10 trips for 6 euros bus 2.
Lagos is well connected with bus from all major towns in Portugal and the Algarve.
There are also daily busses linking Lagos with Seville, a route that is very popular with the backpacker crowd.
The bus station in Lagos is located right next to the bridge that connects the center of town with the marina.
If you are coming from the center of town and are on your way to Meia praia and don´t feel like walking all the way down to the bridge to cross the river then you have a little ferry service taking you across the river.
It takes about 1 minute and it leaves about every 5 minutes.
Car parking in Lagos is not a problem there are plenty of car parking spaces,but the main one to aim for is the pay go main car park near to the town Square.
Follow the signs you cant miss it its near to the Henry the Navigator memorial.
If you go down to the Marina at Lagos there is a road train that takes you to the Grotto cave area and you can get off at various points, one being the resort up on the hill in the photo. it runs round the resort every hour.
the most famous is the stunning beach of Prais de Dona Ana, easily accessible from the Lagos Marina .
Go for the Gerry Breen flight at the Lagos Airport. For 60 euro you might have a twenty minute flight over Lagos and the Ponta de Piedade. Superb viewing the multi-coloured see, rocks, beaches, harbour, and Lagos itself from the air. This miht have been of my most spectaculair experiences of the past year!
If you need to book airport transfers from Faro to Lagos book through www.resorthoppa.com. They are much cheaper than taxis (we saved approx £80). They have english-speaking drivers and we found them to be very reliable and helpful.
You can come to Lagos by trains from Lisbon/Faro. Lagos is located 70km away from Faro.
You can come to Faro by plane. A lot of charters and regular flight operete to Faro. You can rent a car or take bus/train and come to Lagos.
Lagos can be reached by the new highway from Spain or Lisbon.
An interesting alternative in a train from the Faro (near the airport), From the trainstation taxis will bring you everywhere in Lagos, for a max of 6 euros.
The best transport in Lagos, however (especially in the inner city) are your feet!
It is great to stroll along the small houses, shops and restaurants.
From the boulevard, small boats will bring you to along many sandy beaches enclosed by red rockformations to the famous Punta de Piedade, the Southern edge of Lagos and the Algarve
there are several boat trips at a very low price here in the arbor. with 20 or 30 euros you can have a ride on a boat all the way to the caves and to the sagres cape. very nice. ill do it myself actually since the price surely pays for it.
The harbour is about 40 meters wide. To get from one to the other side you can take the ferry boat. It is quite fast (~5min) and costs about 70 Escudos.