The capital of the Algarve region is the southernmost city in Portugal and celebrated for its lively nightlife, clear blue waters and miles of golden sand. Enjoyed by travellers of all ages, from those who want to dance the night away in the region's famous nightspots to tourists looking for something more tranquil and relaxed, Faro is an excellent choice for a holiday. The Algarve’s Mediterranean climate is comfortable year-round, so why not start planning your next trip and book cheap flights to Faro with Flybe today.
Flight frequency: Several / Week
Currency: EUR (€)
Often overlooked as a quick stopover on way to other resorts in the Algarve, the city offers something for everyone. The main attractions to this region are, of course, the stunning beaches, and Faro’s can certainly hold their own. The city’s seaside is extremely popular and also very accessible with plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and accommodation nearby. The glorious sands and warm weather, even late in the season, make it well worth visiting.
For visitors who crave a little more than the sand and the surf, the city’s rich culture does not disappoint. An ancient settlement, Faro’s walled old city features an exciting architectural blend of Roman remains, Moorish ruins and stunning Baroque churches that set the stage for relaxed daytime exploration and a charming nightlife.
For visitors curious about the local cuisine, Faro is a foodie heaven. There are plenty of seafood and game dishes to sample, as well as international fare, in this picturesque city. By night, the city transforms itself into a vibrant cultural hub. The bars around Rua do Prior are popular with tourists while serious clubbers may prefer to take a taxi to the nearby resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura, home to a number of large nightclubs. Meanwhile, tourists looking for something more tranquil to fill their evening could opt for a show at the local municipal theatre.
Something that is fun for everyone and not just shoppers is a wander through the Mercado Municipal. This covered market provides the freshest produce to the city, in addition to other local culinary delights, and makes for the perfect place to nibble on some cheese or olives to keep you going until lunch. For fashion and homeware, stroll and window-shop on the pedestrianised Rua do Santo Antonio or nearby Rua Vasco da Gama for shoes and leather goods. If it's international chains you're looking for, you can't go far wrong with shopping malls Galerias Faro and Galerias Santo Antonio.
Given its idyllic coastal location, it's hardly surprising that sun-seekers flock to the area to top up their tans on the world-famous beaches. Praia de Faro is a particularly popular spot – and is so large that it rarely suffers from overcrowding, even in peak season. For thrill-seekers, there is a wide range of water sports available. Instead of touring the city on land, why not take to the waters and embark on a kayak tour around the coast? Alternatively, guided boat tours for marine wildlife trips and dolphin watching are also popular. If you just want to kick back and have fun on your holiday in Faro, pay a visit to the local water theme park, Aqualand. This popular park features adrenaline-filled water rides to suit both young and adult visitors.
Faro Airport is located outside the city, roughly 7km from the historic centre.
IATA code: FAO
Name: Faro Airport
Address: 8001-701 Faro, Portugal
Telephone: +351 289 800 800
If you are travelling from Faro and wish to take your own car, the airport offers safe and secure parking.
The airport has an excellent bus service to Faro city centre, with buses running between 5am and 11:15pm every day of the week. There is no train station at the airport, but the CP Railway Station in the centre of Faro is easily accessible by bus or taxi if you wish to continue your onward journey by rail.
There is a dedicated taxi rank outside the arrivals area and there are always plenty available, so there is no need to book. Taxis are the quickest way to travel from the airport to Faro.
If you are flying to Faro and wish to explore the Algarve in total freedom, you may wish to hire a car. A number of car hire companies serve the airport including Avis.