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Faro = The Hub of the Algarve! Faro is a beautiful destination that remains relatively unexplored by tourists compared to other destinations in Portugal. The main reason most tourists visit Faro is because it is a stop on the route to southern Portugal but on its own it is a beautiful tourist destination that should not be overlooked. It has a strong sense of tradition, breath-taking fauna and flora as well as beautiful beaches. Many consider it’s beaches to be the most beautiful in the whole of the Algarve.
Faro is right on the edge of the Ria Formosa national park, making it the perfect destination for travellers who love indigenous nature. The Ria Formosa National park has several mudflats and salt water lagoons. Birds and other animals all flock to this beautiful location. Bird watchers will be able to observe the migratory birds as the park is a favourite stopover point.
If you’re less interested in nature and more interested in relaxing by the beach, you can visit the variety of beautiful beaches in Faro. The three sandbar islands located there are particularly scenic and serve as perfect spots to lay back and de-stress. There are enough attractions to make it your main vacation destination, but it could also work as a day trip. The calm atmosphere will be a welcome change compared to the hustle and bustle of the more popular tourist destinations in Portugal.
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Not sure if Faro is the right place for you? Rest assured, there is something that will appeal to everyone. Those who love culture and architecture will love visiting. Within the walled town and the marina, you can find beautiful buildings and breath-taking scenery. Those who are visiting Portugal specifically to see the historic buildings and monuments should absolutely stay in Faro. It has more of these historic buildings and monuments than any other town in the Algarve.
Those who love retail therapy will also have more than enough chances to indulge. There a gorgeous shopping zone. These shops are more authentic than your typical tourist shop since they are designed for the local people. You’ll find little treasures everywhere. After shopping, you can enjoy a pleasant meal in the same shopping area. There are little cafés located all around the shopping zone and in the rest of Faro. Enjoying coffee in the open air at one of these cafés is an experience everyone should have at least once.
Nature lovers, bird watchers and those who are interested in the local environment can also book tours. These tours are educational and entertaining. You will leave having a better understanding of the town and its fauna and flora. The Ria Formosa national park tour departs from the harbour. Adventurers will be able to take ferries to its most secluded beaches and sandbar islands. Taking a tour or a ferry to one of these quiet beaches is the perfect activity for a day trip. If you are staying on the coastline of Quarteira and Albufeira, you’ll easily be able to make a day trip to Faro.
Why stay for an extended time in Faro instead of just making a day trip? There are two reasons. Firstly, you’d never be able to see all that there is to see in Faro in a single day. Secondly, it is a great place from which to explore the rest of the Algarve. It has incredibly affordable public transport available for all people who want to visit the other towns in the Algarve if you choose not to hire a car. For example, Tavira is only a forty-minute train ride away from Faro. Inland places like Milreu, a fascinating excavation of an ancient Roman luxury villa, or the historic town of Silves which was the Moorish capital of the Algarve (or the”al-Gharb” as they named the region), can also be easily reached for a day’s outing.
Staying in Faro means that you’ll get a more authentic experience of living in Portugal. It is one of the few towns that is not overrun by tourists. Even during peak season you’ll notice that tourists remain relatively uncommon. As such, the town does not aim to accommodate foreign tastes too much. This means you can easily find truly authentic traditional Portuguese food for a fraction of the price that a tourist aimed restaurant would charge. The hospitality and warm nature of Portugal is often lost when you eat in a restaurant that mostly has tourists in it. By eating amongst the natives, you’ll gain a whole new perspective and experience something that few other tourists ever will.
We can offer options such as automatic car hire, people carrier hire ( 7 to 9 to 12 seaters), luxury, family and of course economy cars. All can be picked up as soon as you arrive at Faro Airport
Faro is the perfect location for a family holiday. Older members of the family can unwind and spend all their days relaxing on the beaches and taking tours of the wildlife. Younger members who have more energy and are more adventurous can hop in their rent a car to see the sights in other parts of the Algarve with ease. Backpackers wanting to explore the quiet, scenic rocky coves and shoreline will do well in Faro thanks to the lower prices. Remember that the more tourists a place gets on average, the more expensive the area tends to be. Since Faro is still somewhat of an undiscovered gem, it’s still affordable to the average traveller.
Young people who want to see the club scene and bars can easily take public transport to the nightlife destinations like Praia da Rocha and Albufeira. There may not be a lot of wild partying happening in Faro itself, but that is part of the appeal for most visitors. You’ll rarely be disturbed by other people being noisy late at night. This makes it the perfect place for those who wish to have a relaxed vacation. Parents can also feel more at ease with their children in since it tends to be safer than the more tourist dense locations.
Faro has the main airport of the Algarve. It also has a busy train and bus station. It’s for these reasons that many refer to Faro as the ‘transport hub’ of the Algarve.
The ideal amount of time to spend in the city would be seven days. Seven days allows you to explore Faro and all of its attractions fully while also giving you time to take day trips to some of the other locations in the Algarve. Those who aren’t keen on day trips and would rather stay in each city before moving on to the next are recommended to stay in Faro for a minimum of three days. Within three days, you can explore all of the main attractions before leaving for another location in the Algarve.
Be sure to visit the breath-taking Praia de Faro beach. This beach is covered in clean golden sands and has a few cafes and bars scattered along the five kilometres stretch. A strange yet fascinating place to visit is the Capela Dos Ossos. This building uses the bones of real people within its structure, with skulls grinning from the walls. It’s a must see. Exploring the town will be the perfect way to start off your exploration of the Algarve.