The attractive coastal city of Faro in Portugal is known as the Gateway to the Algarve. It has a stunning coastline, natural attractions, historical architecture and world class golf courses. Faro has a good reputation with holidaymakers who are looking for a laid back destination, gorgeous beaches, a warm climate and plenty of water sport activities as well as entertainment.
The coastal resort of Faro is an all year round holiday destination. People who love the beach tend to travel to Faro in the Algarve from April to October. It's the perfect place to chill out, top up your tan and recharge your batteries. The summers are hot and very sunny with temperatures around 27 degrees to 35 degrees Centigrade. Faro can be very busy during the busy peak summer season. The winters are quite mild with 8-17 degrees Centigrade being the norm. Annual events include the Faro International Motor Cycle Rally which takes place in mid-July. The 7th September is Faro's birthday, this was the date the city was officially given the status of a city. Enjoy two weeks of music, party celebrations and exhibitions.
The good news for holidaymakers from the UK is that prices are generally lower in Portugal, especially when eating out. Groceries are also much cheaper, even more so when you buy them from the local markets. If you're going on a self-catering holiday in Faro, you can buy everything you need in Faro's markets. There's always plenty of fresh produce to buy. The currency in Portugal is the Euro so make sure to exchange your money before travelling. Try to avoid exchanging currency at the airport.
Many visitors tend to hire cars at Faro Airport. Make arrangements for car hire online in advance of your holiday instead of organising car hire on arrival at the airport during busy times. Bus routes 14 and 16 are operated by EVA. Buses travel from the airport to Faro city centre, fares are approximately 2.50 Euros. Expect a journey time of about 15 minutes. Taxis cost about 16 Euros from the airport into Faro. It's worth pointing out that taxi prices increase after 9 p.m. Budget accommodation costs around 12 Euros per night in shared rooms. During particularly busy months, hotel prices are in the region of 40 Euros per person for one night. If you intend visiting Faro during the summer months, book accommodation well in advance. There is good, local transport available in Faro. An extensive bus service operates within Faro and the Algarve. A single journey within Zone 1 is approximately 1 Euro, 2 Zones 1.70 Euros, all Zones around 2 Euros. Day passes are available for about 5.59 Euros. Taxi fares start at approx 3 Euros then 50 cents per km. Expect to pay increased rates between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. as well as at weekends. You can reserve a taxi by phone or flag one down. Taxi drivers charge extra for each piece of luggage.