Algarve Retreat

Faro is a beautiful Algarve city that forms the capital of the Faro District in southern Portugal. The city has a rich and varied history, with a variety of buildings and monuments to visit. Faro is more representative of a Portuguese city than many resort destinations, boasting an old town full of cafes, pedestrianised streets, parks and plazas. There is a vibrant bar-scene and nightlife, while golden beaches near the city offer a relaxing seaside experience. 

   

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Best time to travel for Weather and Events

Faro is a wonderful destination the whole year through. Temperatures during the summer months tend to range between 27° to 35°C with almost no rain. Sun worshippers will find the beaches ideal, though they may be crowded later in the day; it is best to arrive early to be certain of getting a nice place, and to avoid the midday sun. An International Motorcycle Rally is held in mid-July and is famed as one of the largest of its kind in the world. The winter months are far milder, with temperatures generally between 8-17°C and accommodation also tends to be cheaper. The city's birthday is celebrated annually on 7th September, beginning two weeks of festivities and exhibitions.

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Tips for Before you Travel 

The currency of Portugal is the Euro, meaning UK visitors may be able to take advantage of a favourable exchange rate when travelling. Prices tend to be cheaper than in the UK, with a glass of wine or beer for around EUR 2-3.50. This tends to be higher during the peak tourist season, particularly in the main bars and clubs. Eating out is also cheaper, with a variety of seafood speciality dishes to choose from. For the cheapest dining options, head to the local supermarket and pick up some food to prepare yourself.

 

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Local Transport and Accommodation Information

It is quite common for visitors to hire a car to get around when they land at the airport. If this is needed during the summer months it is important to pre-book. There is, however, a good public transport system, with bus routes 14 and 16 available to take you to the city centre for approximately EUR 2.50. For getting around, a day pass on the bus network within Faro and the Algarve costs in the vicinity of EUR 5.60. Taxis are expensive compared to other options, with a trip from the airport into the city costing approximately EUR 16; it is more expensive between 9pm and 6am. Luggage is charged as extra, though this may be the best option if you have a lot of bags to manage.

Accommodation is around EUR 12 per night for a shared room and perfect for those on a budget. Hotels typically start at around EUR 40 per night, though peak season can lead to higher prices and pre-booking accommodation is essential. For a more independent experience, it is possible to rent self-catering apartments, though the cost is higher and generally you must provide your own toiletries and fridge stock.

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