Directions from Lisbon Airport
(Also known as Humberto Delgado Airport, or Portela).
As soon as you leave the airport, follow the signs for A1 (NORTE). After about ten minutes you will enter the Toll booths for the motorway.
Do not go through the Tolls marked Via Verde unless you have pre-paid for a Via Verde reader from the rental car company.
If you have not pre-paid, go to one of the barrier toll booths, press the red button and you will be issued with a ticket which you will eventually be charged for when you leave the motorway.
After about 94kms, take the exit onto the A23 towards Abrantes/Castelo Branco/T.res Novas.
As you leave the motorway, go through the Via Verde auto toll if you have pre-paid, but otherwise stop at an alternative toll booth where you can pay by cash or card. The types of payment and whether the booth is manned are shown on signs above the booths. (The A23 has a different type of Toll. You will pass under Toll gantries with number plate readers.
- If you have the Via Verde from the rental company, this is autocharged to your rental account.
- If you have not pre-paid, you have to go to a Post Office within two days to register your car and make payment.
After 17kms on the A23, take the Exit to the A13/IC3 towards Tomar and Coimbra. Be careful here, there are two exits very close together, you need the second exit. Also, as you exit, the road curves sharply before joining the A13, there is a very short intersection to cross to the left hand lane.
For Castelo do Sol Stay on the A13 for 43kms and take the exit to Alvaiazere, turn left at the exit roundabout and go under the motorway.
Immediately under the motorway go straight across the roundabout , down a long hill. At the roundabout at the bottom of the hill, turn right. After about 6km continue past the exits to Maçãs de Dona Maria followed by a Galp fuel station on the right.
After a further 0.5km take the exit right to Ferrarias. Continue on this small road and follow Porto Sao Simao, under the motorway (be careful as the road narrows), past Café O Bigodes then Castelo do Sol will be on your right round the next bend.
For Casa do Sol Stay on the A13 for 53kms and take the exit IC8, Fig. da Foz/Ansiao.
Stay on the IC8 for 9kms and take the exit marked Ansiao/Sarzedela.
At the top of the exit slipway, turn right. Go straight across the first roundabout (it has a big wine/water jug in the middle).
Follow the road, passing through a village with traffic lights and a café on the corner.
Stay on the same road and turn left at a second set of traffic lights at Venda do Brazil. There is a petrol station on the corner and a lorry park.
Immediately at the lorry park turn right into Rua da Camareira, Casais da Granja.
It’s a narrow Calçada (cobbled) lane, stay on the left and after about 100m you will come to Casa do Sol, a long white villa with an opening to a garage. Be careful as the garage has limited head room, larger vehicles or top boxes are not going to fit but there is room for off road parking.