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Flights to Algarve from which airports in the UK

Scots looking for a break to the sun can jet off on an international flight to the beaches of the Algarve from a number of airports, including Aberdeen, Edinburgh and both of the Glasgow airports, International and Prestwick.

Likewise, holidaymakers south of the border are also to benefit from cheap flights to the main gateway to the south of Portugal, the historic city of Faro. Direct flights leave from Birmingham, Blackpool, Bristol, Bournemouth, Coventry, Doncaster/Sheffield, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Exeter, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. In addition, services operate from three of the capital's major airports, namely Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.

Alongside these, Faro can be reached directly from Belfast International and Cardiff International airports.

Airlines which fly from UK to Portugal

Low-cost airline easyJet operates the greatest number of flights from the UK to Faro Airport, including services from Belfast International, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow International, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Newcastle.

In comparison, rival Ryanair offers just four routes from the UK to the Algarve, from East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick, London Luton and Manchester.

Thomsonfly operates flights to the south of Portugal from Bournemouth, Cardiff, Coventry, Doncaster/Sheffield, Gatwick and Manchester, while Flyglobespan serves Aberdeen, Durham Tees Valley, Edinburgh and Glasgow International.

Budget carrier bmibaby flies to Faro from Cardiff, Birmingham and east Midlands. Flybe from Exeter and Southampton and Monarch from Birmingham, Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester.

Also, national carrier British Airways flies to the Algarve from Gatwick, while its Irish counterpart offers services from Belfast International.

Where is the Algarve in Portugal

The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, hugging the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. The regional capital, Faro, boasts a population of just over 40,000 people, though this swells significantly during the summer months as tourists head to the stunning beaches and golf course.

Where would you have to fly over?

Part of the attraction of the Algarve for many holidaymakers is that flight times from the UK are only around two hours, with no stopovers required. While there are usually no spectacular in-flight views, this is more than made up for by the fact that there is no time difference between the two countries.

A couple of areas of interest in the Algarve

Since opening its doors to international tourists in the 1960s, the Algarve has firmly established itself as the holiday destination of choice for millions of European families. In addition to azure waters and white beaches, the region boasts excellent hotels, some of the continent's finest golf courses and a vibrant nightlife scene.

For those looking to get away from the crowds, the 170 square kilometre Ria Formosa nature reserve is home to hundreds of species of migratory birds, while it's also possible to take a boat out to explore the many unspoilt islands and grottos dotting the coast.


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