Faro

Travel Guide
Faro Island Beach showing a beach and general coastal views

The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. It’s known for having 300 days of sunshine per year, great seafood, top golf courses and beautiful resorts. With this kind of weather and a coastline that runs for approximately 200 kilometres, non-stop, notable for its picturesque limestone caves and idyllic beaches, it’s no wonder it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Faro, the Capital of AlgarveFaro is a picturesque city that’s well worth taking the time to explore. It has both Portuguese and Moorish-influenced architecture dating back centuries. In the old city, or Cidade Velha, on the eastern side of Faro’s Marina, you will find plenty of signs of the city’s past, alongside the theatres and cafes. This is a very compact part of town, so you can easily walk from attraction to attraction.

The Cathedral of Faro, also known as Sé, is one of the most important historic buildings of Faro. The view from the tower of Sé Cathedral offers visitors breathtaking panoramic views over Faro. Adjacent to the Cathedral is the 17th Century Episcopal Palace, another example of the city’s incredible architecture and the official residence of the local Bishop.

Faro is the largest city in the region and is a transport hub for the region, being home to the Algarve’s Airport and also playing host to the University of Algarve.

BeachesMost of Faro’s best beaches are out on the islands. Take a ferry from the Porta Nova Pier in the Marina to the Natural Reserve Ria Formosa, a barrier of islands with awesome beaches. During the 30-minute ride you can enjoy the views and relax with the wind in your hair. If you’d rather not travel by boat, Faro Beach is also connected by bridge and can be reached by car.

Food, Nightlife and ShoppingThe Ria Formosa Seafood Festival is held every year in Faro in August, serving traditional and drinks and seafood dishes local to the Algarve. For local arts and crafts, fish, fruits and vegetables don’t miss a visit to Faro’s daily market in Largo do Mercado.

You’ll find most of the city’s top restaurants in the town squares, such as Praça Ferreira de Almeida. If you’re looking for a night on the town, head over to Rua do Castelo and Rua do Prior, which really gets going during the weekends.

If you have a shopping itch to scratch, visit the Forum Algarve shopping mall with its big brand shops and boutique stores.

AccommodationWhen it comes to choosing the best place to stay in Faro, options range from high rise resorts to traditional guesthouses or restored mansions. Many of these are run by Dutch, English and Germans expats who have chosen to live in the Algarve for the relaxed lifestyle.

Whatever your budget, no matter what kind of experience you are seeking during your stay, Faro is one city to add to your wish list.

AP Eva Senses
AP Eva Senses
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
The price is €66 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Faro Old Town. R. Conselheiro Bivar and Misericordia ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (937 reviews)
"Well appointed hotel on prominent site overlooking the Faro recreational boat harbour. First of all customer service attitude is number one for this hotel, all the staff have the focus and it shows in every aspect of their offering. The management of the team and above expectation experience by the ..."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

AP Eva Senses
3HB Faro
3HB Faro
5 out of 5
Rua Vasco da Gama nr 33, Faro
The price is €156 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
Located in Faro City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Algarve Regional Museum and Faro Old Town. A Companhia de Teatro do Algarve and R. Conselheiro ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Liked: new, clean, modern amenities, friendly/helpful staff. Two good restaurants on site, in a pedestrian-only area. Disliked: be patient as this hotel is new and still working out kinks - minor. Difficult to find, no parking."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

3HB Faro
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
4 out of 5
Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
The price is €82 per night from 4 Dec to 4 Dec
Located in Faro City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Misericordia Church and Faro Marina. Faro Old Town and Hermitage of Nossa Senhora de ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (976 reviews)
"We loved the rooftop restaurant and bar. The breakfast there was excellent and we also had a late lunch on the terrace which was very good. The only criticism of our room was that the shower leaked and they did not provide milk with the coffee machine and reception said they didn’t have any at ..."

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2021

Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Faro Central - Holiday Apartments
Faro Central - Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
Rua Castilho 77, Faro
The price is €65 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Located in Faro City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Algarve Regional Museum and Faro Old Town. Repouso Arch and A Companhia de ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (18 reviews)
"Clean and well maintained property. Good value for money"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2021

Faro Central - Holiday Apartments
Cardeal Suites & Apartments
Cardeal Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua Dr. Coelho de Melo 1, Faro, Faro
The price is €79 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
Located in Faro City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Carmo Church and Faro Old Town. A Companhia de Teatro do Algarve and Sao Pedro ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"A Property and service. Claudia was amazing! The place was in mint condition. Clean, tastefully decorated and centrally located. Wish we could've stayed longer. Claudia also gave us information on places to visit and restaurants. Thank you!"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

Cardeal Suites & Apartments
*NEW Luxury Private Villa -  Heated Pool - WiFi - BBQ - Sea Views
*NEW Luxury Private Villa - Heated Pool - WiFi - BBQ - Sea Views
This family-friendly Faro villa is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Santa Barbara de Nexe Church, Ruins of Milreu and Estoi Palace. Costume Museum and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Excellent
"The property is really nice, big and comfortable. Everything was clean and the owners were great and friendly through the entire stay. Can’t wait to come back!"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2021

*NEW Luxury Private Villa - Heated Pool - WiFi - BBQ - Sea Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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