Faro holidays 2020
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.
Faro at a glance
Must-visit historical sites
Visit Faro Cathedral or admire the Neoclassical redesign of Arco da Vila
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Get lost between the whitewashed houses and orange trees of Faro old town. Bliss!
Discover the best beaches
You’ll find some golden beaches on the lagoon’s outer islands…or head out to the orange-tinged Praia de Faro
Sample the local food
You'll discover that famous local cod in a range of mouthwatering Portuguese dishes!
Top attractions to visit
We love gorgeous Palácio de Estói and the ancient Milreu Roman Remains
Art & culture
How about a visit to the second oldest museum in the Algarve, Faro Municipal Museum?
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Things to do in Faro
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.
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.
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