The Algarve is the beautiful southern coastline of Portugal. We had the pleasure of visiting at the beginning of September, 2017. From Faro airport to where we booked the hotel in Lagos was more than a 1 hour drive. I highly suggest you rent a car since I cant see any other way of getting around the island. However, we had the car already booked from Expedia and we encountered some issues at pick up. Long story short, my advice is to book a car directly with the company.