Travel to Portugal is relatively cheap and the car hire is the cheapest i have known if you go to the right place. The Algarve is a good place to have a holiday to combine with visits to the places connected with Senna.
Try to avoid July and August as both months are hot, Both months are also expensive and being a good holiday spot the whole of the Algarve gets really busy.
Fly into Faro Airport Portugal, Easyjet and Ryan Air both do good cheap flights.
Car hire and this is important. GOLDCAR is the worst, read their reviews and you can see how bad they are. I used them once, got ripped off with fuel which has to be brought back empty, ( the tank they supply is double the price of the pump price) and excess insurance. Be warned if you do not take excess insurance they will find a scratch and bill you 800 euros for it. I ALWAYS go to www.economycarhire.com who are the cheapest and most reliable. Try and pick LUZ Cars from the list of quotes they supply as they are the cheapest and don’t take a card deposit off you. Also they tell you not to worry about road tolls as they do not apply to foreign visitors. You have to go outside the airport, turn left and head for carpark 4 where you will find a hut that they work out of. You can’t miss it.
If you want to stay on the Estate Senna lived at (Quinta Do Lago) its going to cost at least £1200 per week at the Four Seasons which can rent you a nice apartment. Quinta Do Lago is between Faro Airport and Vilamoura and i find renting a villa in Vilamoura cheaper and the best place to look is www.cleverdetails.com. If you stay in Vilamoura it is only twenty minutes to Senna’s Villa. The Beach restaurant Gigi’s that Senna ate at is also on the Quinta Do Lago Estate. While you are at Almancil it’s worth having a go at the go kart circuit that Senna used to use in Almancil called Karting Almancil. Senna used this so it is great to use a circuit that Senna has actually driven on. Be warned this place is crap, the staff are useless and rude. The only plus point is the Senna connection and the fact Lewis Hamilton and Rubens Barrichello have raced here. After karting here try and take time to visit Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Its the best karting in the Algarve and you won’t be disappointed as its fast, modern and a great circuit. Even when i visit the Algarve for a day trip i visit this place. Its about a 40 minute drive from Faro Airport.
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