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Personal Chauffeurs was founded by two friends who between ourselves share many years of experience in the transportation business. Being colleagues at one of the Algarve’s most prestigious VIP Transfer companies for a number of years gave us both additional years of experience in the transfer field. Upon learning of the discontinuation of ownership of our beloved bosses and friends from the company we were both very proud to be part of, we agreed that we would continue the tradition of excellent first class, professional, courteous and reliable service we had grown accustomed to providing that companies clients. And so Personal Chauffeurs Algarve was born.

At Personal Chauffeurs the well being of our clients is our main priority. If either your starting point or your destination is in the Algarve, we are committed to providing you with a stress free, safe, pleasant, punctual and memorable door to door traveling experience. Whether you are a resident, or arriving in our sunny Algarve on holiday, whether you are leaving us or have specific travel plans, we provide you with an excellent luxurious transportation service for your personal or business requirements. If you book through us, regardless if you are traveling alone or with a large group, be assured that with Personal Chauffeurs there is no sharing a vehicle with strangers, your vehicle will only cater to your specific booking.

Standard in all our vehicles we offer water, sweets, air conditioning, wi-fi, charging facilities for your phone or tablet and a list of things to do and places to visit for your enjoyment. Champagne, flowers or chocolates are also available for special requests. All of our vehicles are clean, luxurious, well maintained and abide by all Portuguese Laws. We provide appropriate child seats according to Portuguese regulations. To insure against a communication barrier, all of our chauffeurs are fluent in English and Portuguese.

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A cultural marvel, Lisbon is a city drenched in history and oozing with style. The coastal capital has a reputation for world-class seafood restaurants and amazing architecture. Portugal’s first and largest city boasts seven cinematic hillsides, the tops of which deliver some of the most incredible views in Portugal. From Gothic grit to glamour, Lisbon should be on every weekend-breakers must visit list. This article lists some of the best things to see in Lisbon.


The Elevator de Santa Justa lift


Every tourist should experience the view from the top of the Santa Justa Lift. The industrial age elevator functions as a transportation service to tourists wishing to save time and avoid walking uphill. It elevates passengers from the Baixa district up to the Igreja do Carmo church which sits on top of one of Lisbon’s many hills.

The outer ironwork structure of the elevator has been crafted to form superb neo-gothic arches, and the interior of the carriages are lined with sleek polished wood. Once at the top of the platform, visitors can witness a spectacular view of Lisbon’s grid streets and rooftops.

At a measly price of €2.80, the Santa Justa Lift is a definite must see. The elevator is also part of the public transport network, so tourists with a travel ticket can ride for free! Tickets can be purchased on the Metro website, or from the metro station.





Culture vultures should be sure to visit at least one of the wealth of brilliant museums in Lisbon. From the first class Calouste Gulbenkian museum to the newly acclaimed Design Museum, there are collections for all tastes. Many museums in Lisbon are free on the first Sunday of every month, so it may be wise to plan your trip around these dates if travelling on a budget! Not sure which museum to choose? Read the 10 Top Lisbon Museums.


Torre de Belém


Torre de Belem is one of Portugal’s most renowned monuments and is a great example of Portuguese stonework dating back to the 1500s. The UNESCO world heritage site is situated inside the parish of Santa Maria de Belém and was built to guard the entrance of the Lisbon harbour. You can catch a 45 minute tram to Belem from central Lisbon.


The Mercado da Ribeira


Lisbon’s historic market hall is home to 35 permanent stalls from Lisbon’s most celebrated foodie restaurants and shops. The food court area was adopted by Time Out in 2014 and is now referred to as the Time Out Market Lisboa. Visitors can try Portuguese wines, ice creams and pastries from all over the country and visit the on-site eateries of the countries culinary hero- Henrique Sa Pessoa.



If you love small picturesque towns and romantic architecture, then Sintra is the place to go. The town is extremely beautiful and has become a huge tourist centre, mainly due to the mediaeval Castelo dos Mourous which sits on top of the Sintra Mountains.

Although Sintra is situated in the Lisbon Region of Portugal, it is an hour away from central Lisbon so be aware of this when visiting. Sintra may be a good choice for those spending more than one night in Lisbon.


Praca do Comercio


A vibrant urban development, the Praca do Comercio (Commerce square) sits in the centre of the city, alongside the banks of the river Tagus. The square is also referred to as ‘Terreiro do Paco’ (Palace square) as it lies on the previous site of the Royal Ribeira Palace which was destroyed during The Great Lisbon earthquake. The earthquake destroyed much of Lisbon in 1755, which lead to the development of the Pombaline Downtown that we see today. The square faces out towards the river, and the Cristo Rei (statue of Christ) which overlooks the city of Lisbon.




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Are you in business in Lisbon? You should spend some time to examine the city views and interesting places. Keep your opinions open! You are in Lisbon! So, where is the best cafe in the city? Where are the best places for shopping in Lisbon? The article guide is ready to share the secret information about how to make your business trip to Lisbon interesting.
Regardless of how you are going to spend your free time, you need a plan. The opportunities are wide: walk in the city beautiful streets, seat in a cafe in modern style or catch a giant wave in the popular surfing-spot Dream Coast. You must be ready to make exiting opening and interesting adventures. So, where to start: food and wine degustation or visiting old villages in the Atlantic Coast?

Cuisine in Lisbon

Lisbon is full of modern and original restaurants. You should try the high cuisine in 100 Maneiras, offering original view to Portuguese cuisine. The next worthy restaurant that was awarded with Michelin star is Belcanto. The prominent Portuguese chef Jose Avillez cooks amazing dishes in the beautiful atmosphere. Mini Bar is the next Avillez’s restaurant of absolutely original concept. The bar is placed in the building of Teatro Sao Luiz. This original gastronomy bar offers not only light and tasty food, but interesting music from DJ Vitor Silverira.

To try traditional Portuguese dishes you should go to Solar dos Presuntos – cozy family eating establishment. The prominent chef Carlos Goncalves prefer following traditional Portuguese recipes in Varanda. Never forget to taste cataplana with coriander, shrinks, mussels and fish.

Port Wine in Lisbon

The cool white Port Wine is classic Portuguese aperitif. Nevertheless, barmen are always ready to amaze you with the modern and original view to traditional potent wine. Porto Flip cocktail is cooked with 10-years old Porto and egg yolk with brown sugar, mint and cinnamon.

Park Picnics in Lisbon

If you like picnics, you should not forget about this nice tradition in Lisbon. It is prohibited to make fire in the parks and beaches of Lisbon. You can be arrested or fined. There are many specially equipped places for picnic with tables, benches, outdoor grill and WC. They are usually called Parque das Merendas. You should spend your picnic there for free. Try to clean everything after your picnic. It can be rather romantic to have dinner for two with the bottle of green wine.

Coffee Culture in Lisbon

Cafe a Brasileira was founded in 1905. It boasts with its beautiful interiors in modern style. You can meet creative people here. The cafe is placed at the address of 120 Rua Garrett, close to the popular city elevator – Elevador de Santa Justa.

Belen Trip from Lisbon

You should plan the trip to Belen – port-city, where the most of prominent travellers started their sea voyages. The most impressive city sights are Belen Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Their images are used to decorate Lisbon symbols. Never miss Pasteis de Belem cafe, popular of its cakes with scalded cream. They are attractive for bica – espresso in Portuguese style.

Shops in Lisbon

Think about the weather in Portugal. The chances to meet cold weather are small. Nevertheless, gloves are considered to be clothes of high demand. Go to Luvaria Ulisses. Visiting this place, you understand that there is nothing better than hand-made warm gloves. If you are fond of fashion original clothes, go to Luis Onofre boutique for shoes.

Authentic Souvenirs in Lisbon

A Vida Portuguesa is the best visiting souvenir store in the city, where you can buy Portuguese household goods with traditional design. It was opened in 1930. The most beautiful authentic marble you can find in Vista Alegre. Looking for present for your family, you should choose one or another collection of popular world designers, for example, Carsten Gollnick, Joana Vasconcelos, Christian Lacroix, Roberto Chichorro and others. Go to Casa Pereira. This jewelry shop looks like a jewelry box in modern style with marble floor, stony and wooden stores and individual service.

Beach Time in Lisbon

Guincho beach is the best place for surfing. This is a good place for newcomers and experienced surfers, windsurfers, kite surfers. Having a good impressive day, you may finish it in Porto Santa Maria – the best visiting fish restaurant in the province.

Perfect Time in Lisbon

Start your free day from visiting ancient Alfama district. The street labyrinth is full of tasty smell of grilled sardines. You should do shopping in the fashionable street Avenida da Liberdade, where the most of designers’ boutiques are situated. Do it after your lunch! Never miss Hermes, Tous, Swarovski and others. The next step is visiting bar PARK, situated on the roof a high building to have some drink. The view is exciting. There is another restaurant – A Travessa that is popular for dinner. The exclusive Silk Club welcomes you to drink tasty cocktails and admire city from the window.

Information and Touristic Offices

Portuguese is divided into several touristic regions. Obviously, each of them has municipal touristic office or Posto de Turismo. The working hours are similar to the shop working schedule. You can also find touristic offices in the airport, railway station, and big stores. They are assigned with i. The people can help you to know everything about the city events, shops, touristic routes and news. You can buy tickets or book a table for dinner there. You can get a free map and souvenirs. There is a sense to hire a car in Lisbon to feel free in the city.

Hope, this article helps you to have some rest from your business trip. Portuguese is not only for business. Try to get know about the Portuguese secret places, popular restaurants and bars, shops and architecture monuments. You are also offered to visit Portuguese provinces to meet interesting souvenirs, original hand-made clothes and shoes. There is enough space for active leisure, like surfing or windsurfing. Of course, business before pleasure! Nevertheless, there is a time for all things.

Vale do Garrao Beach (also known as Julia’s Beach)

Probably the hot spot beach to go in central Algarve, this one is certainly one of my favourites as I have been going to this beach since is was 6 years old! It’s a five minute drive from Dunas Douradas and has a large car park (which gets rather dusty in the summer). The offical name is Vale do Garrao, but you will hear loads of people referring to it as “Julia’s Beach” or simply “Julia’s”. There are five fantastic mouth-watering beach restaurants that have plenty of fresh sea-food and refreshing cocktails to offer.

This beach is patrolled by life guards, so you will always know that there is an extra pair of eyes looking out for your kids (if you do have kids that is). You can hire jet ski’s and pedalow’s if you are up for some beach action. One of the most striking and visual features on this beach is certainly the terracotta-red cliff’s that make this area of the Algarve so unique.

But before you rush off to the first beach bar/restaurant, keep in mind that they are NOT the cheap Portuguese beach bars that you would find further down the coast.! You are in one of the Algarve’s prime locations, especially for wealthy tourists and residents who flood Julia’s beach during peak season’s. I suggest you check out the menu before ordering food, but I can guarantee that your meal will be fresh, delicious and more than fulfilling.

Being on the beach and breathing that fresh sea breeze really opens up your appetite!

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During your stay at Vale do Lobo (or nearby areas), you should definitely check-out the local Portuguese markets which offer a true and unique experience in a vibrant atmosphere, so here

Quarteira Fish Market (Saturday Mornings)

Quarteira is a Portuguese Beach front town which is a short distance from Vale do Lobo. it belongs to the same council, which is Loule, and is approximately a 15min drive from Vale do Lobo. On the furthest Western side of Quarteira, along the beach front, they have a local fish market on Saturday mornings which sells…you guessed it:FISH!

There is an incredible variety of fresh seafood that has been freshly caught by the local fishermen. There are also clothes stands that sale summer clothing, hats, towels and beach gear and very reasonable prices. You will also find some great typical Portuguese cafes where you will enjoy authentic Portuguese coffee, or perhaps a beer or two? Your choice.


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Fonte Santa Gypsy Market (also referred to as Quarteira Gypsy Market – Wednesday Mornings)

This is a MUST-SEE attraction that you cannot afford to miss. And it is literally a mile away from Vale do Lobo! If you know where the famous Marufo (aka Chicken Shack) restaurant is, then you will find this market quite easily as it is held in the big flat open area opposite the restaurant (please find map below).

Most of the vendors at this market are from Portuguese Gypsy origin, and they sell items such as jewelry, clothing, shoes and plenty of other accessories. It is a vibrant atmosphere with plenty on offer. Needless to say, if you come across a Ralph Lauren shirt that is being sold for 10 euros – don’t expect it to be genuine!

You will always find knock-off designer label at these types of markets, but you will also find high quality leather shoes and belts, umbrella’s, beach towels and summer dresses that are decent quality and outstanding value.


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Loule Fish & Farmers Market (Saturday Mornings)

Loule is the main city of Loule council – which is where Vale do Lobo is located. It is a beautiful traditional Portuguese town, full of life, stunning architecture and a real Portuguese atmosphere. The local farmers market is held in a recently renovated Arabic hall building in the centre of town. You will find many sign-posts as you are approaching Loule, and will probably find it difficult to park as you approach the town centre.

Most of the produce that is for sell in this Portuguese market is from local farmers, so plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, cured Portuguese meats and the Fish market that sells freshly caught seafood. There are also plenty of market sellers that offer tradional Portuguese wicca furniture and ceramic ornaments that make great original souvenirs to decorate your home with.

Vale do Lobo is an upmarket beach-side golf resort which has two of the finest courses in southern Europe, a beautiful clean beach, luxury bars and restaurants, clubhouses, entertainment, health clubs and hundreds of villas and apartments that are available for rent or to purchase.

It is only a 20 minute drive from Faro airport, and is centrally placed in the Algarve with good roads and connections. It belongs to the council of Loule which is one of the largest and wealthiest councils in the Algarve.

Vale do Lobo first started to develop all the way back in 1962, in times where there were hardly any cars on the roads, and the Algarve was mostly populated by fishermen and farmers.

It was even clear at that time, among the very small amount of tourists and bidding entrepreneurs, that Vale do Lobo had unique qualities and had lots of potential to develop into a popular destination.

They were right. And over 50 years of different managers, innovative ideas, and hard work, Vale do Lobo has now become the most prestigious resort in Portugal and is recognized worldwide.

Many local and international golf tournaments are organized here, and also tennis is one of the major sporting attractions that Vale do Lobo has to offer.

One of the main nightlife entertainment areas is called “The Praca”. This means square in Portuguese, and you will find a variety of fine dining restaurants, including a steak house, exotic beach side cocktail bars, and a nightclub called gecko’s that is very popular with the younger crowd as it stays open to 4am/5am depending on the season/day.

It is the best place to go if you are looking to live or spend a holiday in a luxurious ambiance, that is family friendly, where the sun shines over 300 days a year, where you can speak to everyone in English, enjoy great food, relax and even meet world famous celebrities and sportsmen and women

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When we move to sunnier climates, we love the fresh new and safe lifestyle we hope it offers. It does in deed, but it also pays to feel secure too. Villa Watch offer Alarms and CCTV systems from basic systems to those that are internet linked where you can view your home from afar! I can see why Villa Watch are the personally recommended security company in The Algarve.

There are no ʻifsʼ or butsʼ when talking with Carl Nixon the CEO of Villa Watch, he is by far the most technically astute person I have met. His security knowledge is astounding, and to whatever your budget, they have a system to suit. Site surveys are free of charge. If you are thinking of renting your property, they offer ʻVilla Monitorʼ a coded door entry system which takes away the headache of lost keys, or employing someone for a key hand over.

Codes are changed for each new client, and you can also specify the hours for the maid or service staff. You are in control of who has access your home and when. Their newest product is one I am really championing, its called ʻSAFETY ANGELʼ and is a proximity and anti-drowning alarm.

The kit comes with 2 bracelets (for 2 children) and a portable base, the parent sets the distance from 5-50m, if the child goes out of the boundary the alarm sounds on the base, also if the child falls into the pool the alarm will also sound. Its an amazing little piece of kit, that will not only save lives, it gives us, the busy parent, peace of mind.

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The location of Breeze in Vale do Lobo is a total ʻWOWʼ. A cool, sophisticated contemporary deck bar overlooks the stunning golden beach. Pure, clean lines and comfortable modern seating along with the sail shades, set the attention to detail for which Breeze is renowned. It was my absolute delight to watch the romantic sun set from here with my someone special, whilst sharing a wonderful bottle of Giroflé vinho verde and eating our mouth watering “Bulhão Pato” clams and Beef Carpaccio with truffle oil. The Razor-clam rice for 2 was incredible. The perfect meal, in the most perfect setting culminated in the symphonic Fondante de Chocolate!

Owners James and Liza Carter have created not only a beautiful meeting place, but a total ʻexperienceʼ. Speaking with them you can feel how much they love what they do, and I unearthed some of the plans afoot for the summer including little Breezers club for 5-11ʻs, summer school with qualified teachers, PADI diving courses in the pool, Stereo afternoon with their resident DJ, wine tasting dinners and themed party nights. Brilliant!!!

From May they offer a beach service, so you can sample their amazing cocktails or a light snack from the comfort of your sun lounger. Breeze Texture opens on 1st of May and is ʻtheʼ place to be seen. Set around the crystal clear swimming pools above the bar, its hard not to want to laze in one of their sumptuous 4 poster beds with a bottle of Champagne, listen to some chilled tunes and snack on the fabulous selection of tapas available. This really is the most astoundingly beautiful place.

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Breeze is a must on any expatriate and holiday makers ʻto doʼ list, and its also very child friendly. Drink, Dine, Dance, or just do the Chill …. Breeze is the King of cool in Vale do Lobo. For more information on the summer activities and events, check out:

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Well I must say I am thoroughly enjoying my time in Vale do Lobo, and my evening is being spent at Montys in the Praça. The terrace is invitingly lit, when you enter through the Montys signature doors, the decor of the main bar area that greats you is that of ʻstylish clubʼ. Reminiscent of a few old London haunts from back in the 80ʼs, I smile with nostalgia. Already I love this place, the atmosphere is spot on, groups of diners, families, golfers, couples. I feel comfortable here. I wonder around looking at the ʻWalls of Fameʼ as ! wait for one of the owners, Ian Digby.

Mr charm himself has arrived and I feel so at ease I could be tipsy, but Iʼm sober (for now)! Ian and his business partner have a solid reputation for quality, style and service. A ʻrepʼ well known amongst our more flavorsome part time residents in the Golden Triangle. The famous (and the footballers) will all have been found at some time or another having a bevy or two in Montys. We chose a table for 2 in the bar area so we can people watch. Starters of Tempura Chicken and Marinated Salmon, mains of Thai Green Chicken Curry and Slow Cooked Belly of Pork was excellent. We made desert a Baileys over ice and a coffee as we really had eaten our fill.

I defy anyone not to pick up on the prestige of the venue, and that makes you feel special too. Never one to deny my love of the bubbly stuff, Ian pours me an ice cold glass of Champagne after dinner as we chat and laugh so much my ribs hurt. He is the host with the most, and I delight in the fact he pays attention to ALL his guests. Macbook packed away, I am now ready to party like its 1999 …. I will leave you with one final thought, somehow i have to manage to walk out of here in my 5” heels, and it wont be easy!! Bottoms up folks, thats me done!!!!!

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