Faro

Travel Guide
Faro Island Beach featuring a sandy 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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$120 per night from 4 Nov to 4 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park, R. Conselheiro Bivar and Faro Old Town. Misericordia ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (944 reviews)
"Absolutely great location and the staff was magnificent, Thiago at the front desk was incredibly detailed explaining and suggesting alternatives for all our questions. We can’t wait to visit them again."

Reviewed on 2 Oct,2021

AP Eva Senses
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
4 out of 5
Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
The price is S$126 per night from 8 Nov to 8 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (985 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on 30 Jun,2021

Hotel Faro & Beach Club
3HB Faro
3HB Faro
5 out of 5
Rua Vasco da Gama nr 33, Faro
The price is S$197 per night from 9 Nov to 9 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Faro City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Algarve Regional Museum and A Companhia de Teatro do Algarve. R. Conselheiro Bivar and Sao Pedro ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
"A very nice hotel, pool area on the roof lovely, but no idea why a hotel this size has only 20 sun loungers, and the rest chairs where you can’t spread out. This resulted in people reserving the loungers with towels early morning, and staff not doing anything about it. The pool attendants were varying, ..."

Reviewed on 17 Oct,2021

3HB Faro
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Faro Central - Holiday Apartments
Faro Central - Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
Rua Castilho 77, Faro
The price is S$102 per night from 11 Nov to 11 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Faro City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Algarve Regional Museum, Faro Old Town and Repouso Arch. A Companhia de Teatro ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (17 reviews)
Cosy apartment.
"Good location for everything. Well equipped."

Reviewed on 4 Feb,2020

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 S$162 per night from 4 Nov to 4 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Faro City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Carmo Church and A Companhia de Teatro do Algarve. Sao Pedro Church and Antonio Sergio ...
5/5 Exceptional! (10 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
Dreamers duplex with seaview
Dreamers duplex with seaview
Faro, Faro District
The price is S$166 per night from 11 Nov to 11 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Faro apartment building is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of R. Conselheiro Bivar and Sao Pedro Church. A Companhia de Teatro ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Excellent
"Ivan is a fabulous host. Anything you need to make home away from home this is it! Thanks also to Bella for the five star cleaning, also so friendly. Thanks again, Dianne"

Reviewed on 21 Apr,2021

Dreamers duplex with seaview
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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