Faro holidays 2019
Fly to Faro for a sunny beach holiday in the heart of Portugal’s popular Algarve region. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Algarve’ a cheap holiday in Faro offers you the best of both worlds – a beautiful historic city packed with culture to explore, as well as easy access to the Algarve’s stunning coastline, top attractions and gorgeous all inclusive hotels. Faro enjoys a stunning clifftop location, and its surrounding coastline is within the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park with its impressive sand dunes and cool lagoons. The park is home to many rare species of birds, and a popular stop off for those migrating south to Africa for the winter so bring your binoculars! The city itself is a wonderful place to explore, with different influences over the years clearly visible in its architecture. From Moorish buildings to Roman ruins, Faro has a long and interesting history to discover. By night, you’ll find lots of lively bars, restaurants and clubs to keep you dancing ‘til dawn.
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Faro is ideally placed to experience all that the Algarve has to offer, whether you’re looking for history and culture, family fun, or sports and activities.
Exploring the city itself is a wonderful way to spend the day, with lots of sights to see. Faro Cathedral is an imposing and beautiful building, while the Palacio de Estoi’s gardens and colourful exterior are a great photo opportunity. Flex that credit card with a visit to the shops in the Forum Algarve where you’ll find a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cinemas. If you love museums, then a visit to the Museu Municipal de Faro is a must, where you can view an astounding collection of archaeological artefacts. Sports fans should pay a visit to the Estadio Algarve.
Portugal is known for its world-class championship golf courses and there are many within easy reach of Faro. The Quinta do Lago golf courses are rated among the top 25 courses in the world and host many international tournaments; there are two 18-hole golf courses.
Dining out and enjoying fine wines in the southern Portuguese paradise of Faro makes for an extra special holiday experience. The city’s southern Portuguese proximity gives it that distinctly unique and tranquil climate that’s perfect for many lazy evenings, good times and al fresco dining. The central district of Faro is a bustling hive of excellent restaurants, diners, and wine bars. The Columbus Cocktail and Wine Bar is a great place to set the scene for the evening, with, as the name suggests, a huge selection of mixers and wines in a cool, contemporary setting. Tasca do Ricky is a scrumptious next stop if you fancy delicious grilled seafood and meats beautifully presented and with more than ample portions! Faaron Steakhouse is also a fine choice for top notch cuts and sauces, while O Murta is a wonderful traditional Portuguese option. Faro is a lovely blend between a large town and a small city with very friendly locals and a vibrant atmosphere that makes for perfect holiday evenings.
Faro is a great destination for a family holiday – with a wonderful combination of a bustling, friendly and modern city combined perfectly with stunning countryside around the outside, you’ll have everything you want and more to pack the whole holiday full of fun and good times together. Faro’s Old Town is a nice spot for some sightseeing, strolling and buying gifts, and for even more shopping therapy the Forum Algarve is not too far away. The city is also host to some stunning cathedrals, churches and museums if you’re feeling particularly cultured! Outside of the city you can enjoy guided Segway tours or 4-wheel drive experiences along the Algarve’s stunning beaches, tranquil walks along the Ilha Deserta, dolphin and whale watching boat cruises or even a simple bike tour around the fantastic coastal paths. You’ll create so many fond memories of your time together on your Faro holiday that your only decision will be when to come back!
Action & Adventure
Action and adventure holidays are non-stop in Faro – from Aqualand or one of the other high-octane water parks, your biggest challenge will be trying to fit everything in! You can chase dolphins, explore inlets, snorkel, dive and swim to your heart’s content at Polvo Watersports, as well as taking a high-speed boat trip into enthralling coastal caves. Back on land, the action does not dry up either, with quad biking, bulldog buggies and Segway tours for the motorhead in you, as well as amazing hiking and trekking routes if the walking shoes are itching to spring into action! If all that wasn’t enough, the Algarve’s seemingly endless beautiful beaches and resorts make for plentiful beach volleyball, starlight swims or bareback horse-riding. If and when this amazing array of activities takes its toll, you can relax it all off with a natural spa experience at one of the many coastal resorts – what’s not to love!
Faro boasts no less than 20 golden beaches for you to enjoy, and with year-round sunshine it’s always a good time to hit the beach. The beaches here are located on a series of three islands situated just offshore in the ocean. Many can only be reached by ferry boat (easily done from Faro harbour) but are worth the journey to discover the long golden sands, gorgeous views and waves perfect for water sports. Ilha Deserta is Faro’s most well-loved beach, with miles of pristine sand to enjoy. It has an unspoilt, wild feel, and is rarely crowded. The waters are clean and clear and the waves of the Atlantic reach its shores, making it a great spot for windsurfing and other water sports. Ilha Faro can be reached by road and so is often a busier beach with excellent amenities and activities on offer. Its popular with families and has shallow waters with lifeguards on standby. Ilha de Culatra is Faro’s most westerly beach and is a gorgeous place to watch the sunset.
Faro is a lively hub of nightlife in southern Portugal, and with its unique mix of refined bars and lively clubs it’s got everything from rock and roll bars for more traditional tastes as well as modern vibes if that’s more you. Faro’s large university campus gives it an active social scene throughout the whole year, so whenever you’re planning to holiday you’ll find it energised and ready for you! Whether you’re visiting on a beautiful summer evening for some fun in the sun or a winter break for some beats and blues, the Rua Conselheiro Bivar and Rua Infante Dom Henrique are superb areas of Faro to head for. From them you’ll find a catacomb of streets filled with character, great bars and friendly company. The Rua do Prior is the haven of clubs and the trendiest bars in Faro, so all roads point there! There is such a large number of cool venues for all different tastes that an evening in Faro is best planned on impulse!
Couples will love holidays to Faro and the Algarve region for its culture, variety and perfect blend of activity, relaxation and delicious food and wine. Faro Old Town features some splendid sights, architecture and museums to stroll around and enjoy together before taking your pick from the many superb local restaurants for delicious seafood and local dishes. When you’re ready to escape the city to enjoy the natural beauty spots the Algarve has to offer, the Ria Formosa lagoon is an absolute must during your holiday – it’s a series of islands and natural inlets and cove that make for idyllic beach walks. One of the islands, Barreta Island is a really secluded island paradise for you to enjoy as a couple. If you really want to get off the beaten track together, Tavira Island is a short distance to the east of Faro and a few hundred metres off the coast – how good does a spot of beach camping under the Atlantic sky sound to you?
Faro is a treasure trove of culture and is one of those cities that’s just great for exploring – you can easily walk or cycle around and follow your nose, and there’s unexpected, quaint and quirky surprises around almost every corner. The Museu Municipal de Faro is a great place to start for some fascinating background into the city’s multicultural heritage, while the Nucleo Museologico da Villa Romana de Milreu is an incredibly atmospheric glimpse back in time to the era of Roman occupancy of the Algarve. The Rua Dr. Francisco Gomes is a beautiful area of town in which old world meets new world in a seamlessly tasteful way, while historical and guided tours in the hills around Faro will give you stunning views down on the city and ocean. Your holiday in Faro should also not be complete without a stroll around the tranquil gardens of the Palacio de Estoi – a real hidden gem. Faro really is the cultural hub of southern Iberia – wear comfy shoes!