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Faro is the southernmost city and capital of Portugal’s Algarve region with a number of qualities that entices hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Boasting sunshine all year round, the city has an attractive range of environments, from fertile hillsides to rocky coasts, and a modern marina to contrast the historic Old Town.
Tourists will adore a holiday to Faro as it offers the opportunity to immerse yourself into the beauty and culture of Portugal. Explore the city’s rich history in its Old Town where you’ll find roman passageways, a medieval cathedral, and the municipal museum. There’s no shortage of picturesque sights either, with gorgeous beaches, and the Ria Formosa Natural Park – home to incredible sand dunes, stunning lagoons, and fascinating wildlife.
This sun kissed city will charm couples with its glorious secluded beaches, romantic sunsets, and restaurants with beautiful sea views. It’s also perfect for families, with sightseeing opportunities, Segway tours, beaches with water-sports, and boat trips to see dolphins!
From ancient buildings to natural beauty, Faro has an array of attractions to visit.
As the city is home to a university, you’ll find typical student nightlife here, with lively clubs and bars to visit. Old Town is better for those wanting a more relaxing night out, where you’ll find small bars with live music and sport screenings.
Faro’s speciality is delicious and fresh seafood – you’ll find it in most eateries so don’t miss out! The city caters to every budget, with a variety of establishments from fine-dining restaurants to quaint wine bars.
There’s plenty of attractions for children to enjoy in this city. One highlight is the Algarve Live Science Centre – a hands on experience with tours, touch tanks, an arachnid exhibit, and more!
Faro homes 20 beaches in total, all located on 3 different islands, just off shore. Praia de Falesia is a stunning beach, framed by multicoloured cliffs and is a popular choice among families thanks to its sunbeds for hire, and long stretches of clean sand.
In central Faro you will find an array of shops selling clothes, shoes, and textiles. If you’re looking for fresh local produce, then don’t miss out on the market held at the impressive Mercado Municipal building!
Every year Faro holds a Carnival for a number of days between mid-February to mid-March. During this period there are colourful parades, music, and overall a buzzing party atmosphere!
Overall the climate here is pleasant all year round with a low chance of rain. If you’re coming for a beach holiday then July to September are the best months to visit, boasting hot temperatures with highs of 30 degrees. This weather also means it’s the best time to go swimming, with the sea being lovely and warm.
Euro is used in the Algarve.
Faro shares the same time zone as Ireland.
There are regular flights to Faro departing from Cork, Dublin, and Shannon each week with a flight time between 2.5 hours to 3 hours. The city is around 7km from the airport and most of Faro’s sights can be reached by foot. However, there are also buses, taxis, and boats (to get to the beaches) at your service too.