Where to stay in the Algarve without a car

Updated: Feb 19

Driving is not for everybody and there are many options in the Algarve to stay if you're not renting a car.


I would recommend staying in slightly larger towns as you will have all amenities near and they're easy to get to from the Airport. Taxi's are relatively cheap and are a good alternative if you want to go somewhere that is not within walking distance.


These are the best towns in the Algarve to stay without a car. 👇

Where to stay in the Algarve without a car
Ponta da Piedade, Lagos

Lagos

About an hour drive by taxi (or train) from Faro Airport you'll find the beach town of Lagos. It's one of the bigger towns in the Algarve and is famous for the stunning viewing point Ponta de Piedade the sandy cove of Praia do Camilo. Lagos has a beautiful old town with many restaurants, cafe's, shops and surf schools and many beaches nearby the town centre. There is lots to do in this beautiful beach town and everything you need is within walking distance.


How to get there

  • Public transport: from Faro airport you can take a bus for around €8 or the train for about €11.

  • Taxi: you can also book a private transfer for about €60 (one way).


 

where to stay in the Algarve without a car
Main beach Praia da Luz

Praia da Luz

Next to Lagos you'll find the beach resort of Praia da Luz. It's quite a bit smaller than Lagos and is not as easy to reach. There is lots to do in this beach town and you really don't have to leave. There are some beautiful hiking trails around and the main sandy beach is perfect for spending long sunny days and enjoying water sports. With many cute restaurants, cafe's and shops this towns has everything you need nearby.


How to get there

  • Public transport: I would not recommend public transport to Praia da Luz as it takes over 3,5 hours to get there.

  • Taxi: you can book a private transfer for about €74 (one way).


 

Where to stay in the Algarve without a car
Main beach Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro is cute town with whitewashed houses and a beautiful sheltered bay situated on the typical Algarve coastline with its clear blue waters and large rocky cliffs. This beach town has everything you need and the cliffs here are absolutely stunning. Perfect for hiking and visiting one of the many caves with amazing views. You'll find lots of shops, bars and restaurants in this town and it's the perfect place to stay if you're a beach lover. There is lots to do here and you don't need a car. Small drives can easily done by taxi.


How to get there

  • Public transport: you can take a bus to Lagoa and switch busses there to Carvoeiro. It takes about 1,5-2 hours and costs about €7,50 in total.

  • Taxi: you can also book a private transfer for about €50 (one way).


 

Where to stay in the Algarve without a car
Praia dos três Irmãos, Alvor

Alvor

The beautiful town of Alvor has everything you need. A cute town center, many options to eat out and enjoy drinks and other amenities. You'll also find some beautiful beaches here to visit that are within walking distance from the town centre.


How to get there

  • Public transport: you can take a bus to bus which takes 2h 21m and costs €5 - €11.

  • Taxi: you can also book a private transfer for about €60 (one way).