Most holidaymakers know that Faro is the Algarve‘s airport town. This means it is often overlooked as a holiday destination in its own right with arrivals to Portugal’s beautiful southern coastline dispersing all along the Algarve to more recognisable resorts.
The weather in Faro is mild in the autumn and spring, but warms up in the summer, with average temperatures being in the 80s during the warmest part of the year. The area gets plenty of precipitation during the colder months but not during the summer, when most days are beautiful and sunny. Generally, the climate is mild all year round, making the Algarve a favourite destination for summer and winter holidays.
There are many things to do in Faro and the surrounding areas to keep families, couples and groups of kids busy. As beach towns go, Faro has lots of offer and is situated very close to a variety of other great beach locations. Travelling to and staying in Faro gives you plenty of choices when it comes to staying entertained on your Algarve holiday.
Those who want to immerse themselves in the history of the area should see the Capela dos Ossos, located inside the Igreja do Carmo church, which is decorated with the skeletons of more than 1,000 monks. The Old City is the place to see 18th century cobblestone streets and Moorish architecture. The Jewish Heritage Centre is also located in Faro and displays information and artefacts dating back several centuries.
Of its more contemporary attractions, Faro is known for being a place to see wacky vehicles parked along the streets of the town. Anyone interested in automobiles will enjoy seeing micro cars, nearly extinct models and trucks that have motorcycles attached to their fronts.
When it comes to food and drink, Faro has plenty to offer. Eddie’s Bar pays homage to Iron Maiden and is a fun place for fans of rock metal music. Portas de Sao Pedro is a great place to eat if you want to enjoy local cuisine, including fresh seafood. The Alef Burger Bar is a combination of restaurant and bar where you can eat and have drinks.
The main draw for people travelling to Faro is its proximity to the beaches. Faro’s own beaches are sand spits along the outer edge of the Ria Formosa marshlands and lagoons; very pretty and rather rugged. The Ilha da Barreta is located inside the Ria Formosa National Park and features just one permanent building – the O Estamine Restaurant. This sandy beach is 5 miles long and is home to a large colony of flamingos. It’s a great choice for playing in the water and sunbathing.
You don’t have to travel far from Faro to experience the magnificence of the Algarve’s beaches which offer something for everyone, from great swathes of sand to tiny, wild coves. Cliffs and rock formations are a major feature of Algarve beaches and are extremely photogenic. For example, Praia de Pescadores, or Fisherman’s Beach, is a blue flag location with golden sand and crystal blue waters. Lagos, Portimão, Aljezur and Sagres are nearby locations to Faro that also boast beaches. Much like the ones throughout the Algarve, each features warm sand, blue waters and plenty of choices for fun and relaxation.
Whether you want to catch some rays, build a sandcastle or try out a water sport, Faro, and the surrounding area, is definitely a hot spot that should top your list of vacation destinations.