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Holiday Tips....

Whether you are flying from any of the dozens of European airports serving Porto (Oporto) or Lisbon airports, or driving here from France, Belgium, Holland, or Spain, we of course send full directions to find us.

FLIGHTS You will find the details below of some help; we suggest you make a temporary room reservation with us before confirming flights.

Advice on Flights/ airports

You have a choice of 2 arrival airports in Portugal, depending on where you are flying from:

  • Porto (Oporto) airport - depending on time of day is just an 80 to 100 minute drive to Casa LeonArt on mainly modern roads. Alternatively a VERY fast modern train can get you from Porto to our nearest city Coimbra in under an hour, and you can hire a car in Coimbra (we'll give you details)
  • Lisbon (Lisboa) airport is simple as you are straight on to a fast modern road from the airport, then an easy 2-3 hour drive to us. It is also perfect for a 2 centre holiday ~ lively in Lisbon, calming at Casa LeonArt!

British travellers

Flights to PORTO include:
TAP (Portugese Airlines) from London Gatwick or London Heathrow
RyanAir from Liverpool or Stanstead
EasyJet from London Gatwick

Flights to LISBON include:
EasyJet from Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Luton, London Gatwick
British Airways from Heathrow 
TAP (Portugese airlines) from London Gatwick and Heathrow, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow
Aer Lingus from Dublin or Cork
BMI from Manchester

European travellers
There are flights to Porto or Lisbon from many European cities
For example for Germany: http://www.lufthansa.com/ae/en/Homepage

: EasyJet and Ryan Air fly from many airports

The Netherlands

ADVICE : if you are landing near dusk we recommend staying the night at Porto or Lisbon and getting your hire car next day.

Try the Portuguese national airline TAP 

Check flights with EasyJet: 

Check flights with KLM 

Check flights with British Airways 

From the United States

For flights from, or connecting via the US, TAP (Portuguese airlines) United, and US Airways fly direct to Porto (Oporto) which is our nearest airport

TOURING You could easily spend a week with us, or if you have 2 weeks, combine it with a week in Coimbra, or the north around Porto, or Lisbon in the South. 

ROADS- You ideally need a car to holiday here. Whether you choose to stay at Casa LeonArt or elsewhere in Portugal the good news is that most roads were recently brought up to a good standard - the bad news is that Portuguese drivers are rather fast and erratic, so caution is necessary.

WATER - The Serra d'Estrella and Lousa are huge granite mountains so the water is pure and completely drinkable.
FOOD - Even more good news, a meal for 2 of good pork or beef with a bottle of wine starts at around 10-15 euros - we've yet to see a Starbucks (hurrah) and 2 good Portuguese coffees at a local coffee shop are under 2 Euros!

November through February we still often have warm sunny days, there is rarely even a frost, but it is also the wettest season.Please contact us for rates if you fancy a 'winter' break to ‘get away’ from life’s pressures. If you are a creative person who needs time and space to think and work this is the perfect environment: once we light our wood burning stoves you’ll feel at home. We can provide breakfast and dinner. There are rural hill walks just one minute from our door, and we do just that even on Christmas Day!

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