Faro

One of the many streets of Faro's small but charming downtown.

Faro is a city in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Understand

Faro is the southernmost city in mainland Portugal. During summer, Faro is a popular destination for sun-seekers from northern Europe and the UK, especially due to the presence of its international airport. It also enjoys a reputation as being more friendly than many other parts of the region.

Outside of summer, the beach-goers are mostly gone, but it is still a base to explore the more remote areas of the Algarve, a convenient stop between Lisbon and Seville (or Spain in general), and what it loses in partying outside summer, it gains in peacefulness, reverting to a quaint and charming small city.

Get in

By plane

Get to the city by busses 14 or 16, departing roughly every hour. The price is €2.22.

By train

There are also regional trains along the Algarve coast to Lagos.

By car

Car hire is an option for visitors. You can arrange car hire at the airport, however, as with many tourist locations it is wise to arrange your vehicle hire prior to arrival - this can save both money (the airport car rental desks can be far more expensive) and disappointment as availability during peak season may be very limited. Organising it from home before you arrive is now a very simple process with numerous companies specialising in pre-booking car hire in Faro.

Roads can be quite busy, but if you want to see a bit more of the city and indeed the Algarve region then driving by car is an easy option. Driving in the Algarve region is far easier than in the rest of Portugal, there are more non-toll roads and road-signs are plentiful and relevant.

By bus

There is a daily bus service to and from Lisbon and Porto in the north of Portugal, as well as to and from Madrid and Seville in Spain. A fare from Lisbon to Faro costs either €18 (for a "Expresso" connection takes about 4 hours, stopping in Albufeira, Vilamoura and Quarteira) or €19 (for a "Expresso Qualidade" direct connection which takes just over 3 hours and includes a movie projection, a stewardess, and a mini-bar service) and can easily be bought at the bus station just before boarding. This bus station in Lisbon is next to a subway stop called Jardim Zoológico.

By boat

Main harbours: Portimao, Faro.

Get around

By bus

Urban buses are run by the Eva company, that also connect Faro with other cities in Algarve and Andalusia.

The bus station is located next to the Hotel Faro.

Buses 14 and 16 go around the city, to the airport and to the beach of Faro. Tickets can be bought from the driver.

By car

It can be difficult to find a parking slot in the center. Most of the parking stations near the restaurants and shopping malls are payable. However, there is a free car park located along side the bus station which is close to the Hotel Faro and a huge free car park located behind the old town heading in the direction of Olhao.

On foot

Downtown is small - and transport convenient: The train and main bus station being within 150m of one another. Walking is very viable for most visitors.

See

Part of the ceiling of The Bone Chapel.

Do

The nautical activities centre at the beach proposes kayaking tours on the Ria Formosa.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Faro has a thriving trade in both package deal hotels and short-term apartment rental. If that fails, locals have become very comfortable renting out every scrap of space in their homes to desperate travellers. Book months in advance for the high season and note that many places are closed during the low season.

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