Finding the Quinta
The Quinta can be easily accesssed by road, (though the last 4kms can be challenging if you arrive after dark), and there are regular trains from Lisbon or Faro, both of which are serviced by scheduled or charter flights from most major airports. A great way to arrive if you want to keep your carbon footprint low and tickets easily found from anywhere in Europe with Seat 61.
If you're flying, as well as all the low cost carriers such as Easyjet, Thomson and Ryanair that fly into Faro and Lisbon, British Airways flies into Lisbon on a regular flight. Watch out for Ryanair though - their customer service leaves a LOT to be desired and you’re much better off going with one of the others! Not for nothing are Ryanair consistantly voted worst airline with the most used adjectives describing them being "arrogant" and "greedy". They may sound cheap to begin with but they give a whole new meaning to "hidden extras". You have been warned!
Guests can arrange their own car hire or they can be collected from the airport (Faro or Beja are 1 1/2 hours drive away, Lisbon about two and a half). The Quinta is happy to arrange road transfers between any of the airports or the local railway station. For those wanting to hire a car, there are many services available on the web, but the one we’ve found best is Zitauto. There are also several sites that compare prices to get you the best deal; Blue Valley Car Hire is particularly good - and supported us handsomely in our fight to save Salgados, (see our Blogs here and on Birding-in-Portugal.com from July 2012 onwards) - and there’s another one called Argus Car Hire.
If you’re coming by car and are at all unsure about how to get here please print out the Driving Directions instructions by clicking the appropriate link on this page. We cannot stress this enough as those guests who don’t invariably get lost - some sat nav systems don’t work near here and it’s not a good start to any holiday to be lost for hours in the middle of nowhere, no matter how beautiful the area.
The GPS co-ordinates for the start of our track are 37º33’04.5N / 8º25’03.0W and our What3Words address is "helicopter.superpower.presently" - rather apt as you'll no doubt realise once you arrive at the Quinta.
Please be careful when hiring cars; check the tyre treads before you leave their premises, and if you book one with air-con, make sure it works and doesn’t just blow warm air at you etc … I’m talking from experience here! There are some real rogue companies out there that will spoil your break and if in any doubt please just give us a ring.
One company to definitely be aware of and steered clear of is Goldcar; we have had several guests whose whole holiday was ruined by this company. Quite often they company supplies cars to other internet based providers - i.e. you book with a company, but when you arrive off your plane you're directed to go to pick up your car from Goldcar, so it's always best to check very thoroughly that this will NOT be the case when arranging your car hire - once again, you have been warned!
The Quinta is approximately one and a half hours by train from Faro and three by train from Lisbon; the nearest station is Santa Clara-Saboia. I'm going to repeat this sentence from my opening paragraph, "A great way to arrive if you want to keep your carbon footprint low and tickets easily found from anywhere in Europe with Seat 61."
There are two or three trains a day from either Faro or Lisbon. Timetables change frequently but you can see the current one here. From the station this end there’s a collection service available which drives all the way in through spectacular countryside directly to the door.
There’s also a regular bus service from either Faro or Lisbon that’s inexpensive, but the drop-off point is Ourique, 45 kms away, and the final leg of the journey can make any cost savings redundant.