Faro is the capital of the Algarve and provides the perfect backdrop for a summer break in this wonderful region of Portugal. This is a more traditional area, with less of the tourist trap feel to it. You will find a beautiful marina, amazing parks and a historically stunning town to explore. If you are looking for a more relaxed experience while in the Algarve, Faro could well be the ideal destination for you.
Faro is an all year round destination, so no matter what time of year you want to travel, you will find the climate mild at worst and beautifully hot at best. The summer season will see temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius. Many people flock for the warmer climate, so the area will be much busier during the summer season. For some extra entertainment, you may wish to travel in July where you can attend the Faro International Motorcycle Rally. On the 7th September, the city celebrates getting its city status with two weeks of parties, exhibitions and musical entertainment.
Before you travel you will want to take into account the cost of living. Luckily, in Faro you will find that costs tend to be much lower than you would experience here in the UK. Eating out is a prime example of cheaper prices, so you will get a lot more for your money. Your normal groceries are also a lot cheaper, especially if you were to venture into the local markets where you could take advantage of local produce and competitive pricing. It is quite common for visitors of Faro to hire a car. During the peak seasons, this is a sought after service and you should plan ahead and book well in advance.
When travelling from the airport to the city centre, there are a few options open to you. The bus routes numbered 14 and 16 will get you into the city for as little as 2.50 EUROS. This trip will only take around 15 minutes and is quite pleasant. A taxi will cost over 15 EUROS, so isn't the most cost effective, after 9PM costs can increase too.
Accommodation prices are more than reasonable as well. If you are happy to be in shared accommodation, you could be paying as little as 12 EUROS per night. If you want a real hotel room you will need to spend around 40 EUROS per night, which is still very reasonable. Once again, peak season sees a lot of tourism, so booking well in advance is advisable.
Getting around Faro is easy, there is an extensive bus network which is very cheap and very regular so is a great way to get around. Taxis are available but cost a little more.