Lisbon to Paraiso Escondido
Travel on the motorway to Algarve from Lisbon and exit the motorway at Junction 10 (Beja/Ferreira).
After the Toll, immediately move to the left lane following the sign N262 / Algarve / Ourique.
Follow IC1 towards Faro/Ourique (National Road) until you reach the village called Mimosa. When you see the Galp Petrol Station on your left, very soon after turn right, following the sign N262 Alvalade/Cercal/Lagos.
Drive over the bridge and then go straight ahead at the roundabout. Drive ahead on this road for a while making sure you always follow the signs to Cercal.
Keep driving along this road all the way to Cercal. When you reach Cercal you’ll arrive at a large roundabout surrounded by coffee shops/Pastelarias & restaurants. Follow the sign left to Milfontes (2nd exit off round about).
Drive ahead on this road and follow the signs to Vila Nova de Milfontes. Go ahead across the next 2 roundabouts and follow the signs to V N de Milfontes.
At the 3rd large roundabout (beginning of V N de Milfontes) follow the sign N120 to Odemira 2nd exit.
Drive ahead across the large bridge (you will see beautiful views of V N de Milfontes on your right hand side). Continue driving on this road following the signs to Odemira.
Go ahead over a small roundabout and go straight, keep following the signs to Odemira. Immediately after you see a large old factory on your right hand side with a small petrol station in front, you will see a sign (Cabo Sardao/Zambujeira) and turn right.
Follow the road for a while. You will drive past the Z-Mar Camp site on your left hand side. Then the road has very sharp bend to the left – follow the bend to the left (Lagos).
You will arrive at a small junction and the road splits and curves to the right. Turn left following the signs to Lagos N120. Drive towards São Teotónio.
Keep driving ahead on this road until you reach a roundabout (you’ll see a building supplies yard on the left hand side). At the roundabout, take 3rd exit (left) following the signs to Odemira.
Drive up the hill and look for a sharp turn right (N120-2 Sao Teotonio). Take this right turn.
As you drive on this little road you will see a road on your left hand side. Take this junction, turning left towards (Saboia/Casa Nova da Cruz).
Continue driving straight ahead through a very small village called ‘Quintas’.
Keep driving and you will soon see a road on your left hand side. Turn left at this junction, follow the signs (Saboia/Casa Nova da Cruz).
Continue driving straight ahead through a very, very small village called ‘Choça’.
Soon after, you’ll arrive at the small hamlet called ‘Casa Nova da Cruz’. Drive through Casa Nova da Cruz and very soon you’ll see a sign ‘Barranco do Inferno‘ on your right hand side. Turn immediately right onto the dirt road. You will then see the gates to our property on the right hand side.
You’ve arrived at Paraiso Escondido!
To open the gate, kindly contact us to obtain the code.
Return trip from Paraiso Escondido to Lisbon
Drive out of our gates and turn left towards Casa Nova da Cruz. Drive past Casa Nova da Cruz and then drive past Choça. At the T-Junction turn right. Drive past Quintas until the next T-Junction, turn right. Drive to the next T-Junction and turn left. Soon after turning you’ll come to a roundabout, take first exit (look for landmark, construction building materials on the corner on the right).
Drive straight ahead until the next Y-Junction and veer to the right. Drive straight on this road for a while. Go past Z-Mar (5 Star Eco Camping) on the right, until you get to a T-Junction and then turn left towards Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Drive straight on this road. Straight over a few roundabouts. You’ll go past the large bridge overlooking the river and Vila Nova de Milfontes on your left. At large roundabout take the 1st exit (straight ahead). Go past another 2 smaller round abouts, go straight ahead (follow signs to Cercal).
When you reach Cercal you’ll come to a large round about with lots of Cafes/Restaurants, take the 2nd Exit (Alvalade), do not follow the Lisbon Sign which is the 1st exit. Drive straight on this road for a long while about 45 mins. When you get to Alvalade with Petrol Station on your right and round about ahead, drive straight ahead, over the bridge and at T-Junction, turn Left. This is Mimosa, drive through Mimosa and straight ahead on this road until you see the Toll Signs for Lisbon/Algarve and take the slip road to the right. Go past tolls (take slip) and stay on your left (towards Lisbon). Once on motorway stay on for and follow signs to Lisbon. You can either go on ‘Ponte Vasco da Gama’ which is the new 11km bridge and signs for you to take this come up first. This will take you to Lisbon North Expo area and best for the Airport. To the airport you will see signs for the Airport as you come to the end of the bridge.
Or if you drive straight on and don’t take come off you’ll go over the ‘Ponte 25 de Abril’ our Golden Gate bridge. This will take you to Central Lisbon coming out at ‘Alcantara’.
Directions from Faro Airport
From the airport you’ll go past the following signs:
IP1 – Faro
Take the following turn off
You should be on A22
Come off Junction 10
Come off Junction 14
You should be on N124
Follow signs IC1 Lisboa
Then follow signs IC1 Lisboa / S. Marcos da Serra
Look for GALP petrol station on right hand side
Soon after passing Galp look out for sign
S. Marcos da Serra
(Turn sharp right +/- 5.7km from Galp)
Look for sign
S. Marcos da Serra
Look for the following sign
Cross over railway line – follow the road for a while (5-10 mins)
Look for sign
Odemira (please note that this sign isn’t very visible and may have graffiti sprayed all over the sign)
Look for sign
S. Teotonio – Turn Left (please note that this sign can sometimes be pointing straight ahead – but please turn left)
Travel on this road for a while +/- 20
Look for sign
Barranco do Inferno
Soon after this sign Turn sharp left down the dirt track, and you’ll see the wrought iron gates between two white pillars, set back from the road about 50 metres. You’re there!!
Please note just in case … if you reach Casa Nova da Cruz (tiny little hamlet/village) you’ve gone too far, turn back and you’ll see the sign BARRANCO DO INFERNO, turn right into small dirt track.
To open gate, kindly contact us to obtain the code.
Please drive safely up to the house, especially around the bends !!!
Any problems, please do not hesitate to call me on my mobile 91 247 0206.
Directions from Paraiso Escondido to Faro
Turn right out of the property and re-trace your journey
Once on N124
Look and take … sign
Come to 1st round about
Left – follow A2 sign
(same signs again until you see toll)
Pay toll (will cost you approx €1.00 or so)
Follow sign A22
Once on A22 take Junction 13 (left)
You should be on N125
Follow sign (to the right)
Follow signs straight to Faro Airport