The Algarve's charming city Faro is often overlooked by travellers, although this destination actually has quite a lot to offer. The city has its fair share of elegant plazas, stunning marinas and beautifully manicured parks, with plenty of open spaces to relax in. Historic sites and theatres provide numerous entertainment and sightseeing options, while pulsating clubs and bars ensure night-time revellers are kept entertained.
Best time for Faro
Most tourists tend to visit the Algarve April-October and temperatures during the summer season are quite hot, usually between 27 to 35 degrees Celsius. Winters are pleasantly mild, with temperatures at around 8 to 17 degrees Celsius, which makes this destination a particularly attractive holiday option all year round. Although bear in mind that the peak season tends to get very crowded.
In mid-July, Faro hosts the International Motorcycle Rally and attendees get to enjoy bike shows, tattoo competitions and live concerts, while Faro's "birthday" is celebrated on September 7, to mark the anniversary of the city's official "city status". You'll get to enjoy 2 weeks of partying, music and exhibitions if your holiday coincides with this event.
Things to consider before leaving the UK for Faro
You'll have plenty of extra cash to spend in Faro, as prices are considerably cheaper in Portugal than those in the United Kingdom. Restaurant prices are a lot cheaper too, so you can eat out as much as you like, without worrying about expensive bills. Groceries in supermarkets are also inexpensive, while markets are even cheaper.
Transportation and accommodation options
Most visitors to Faro hire cars once they arrive at the airport. EVA operates bus services (bus routes 14 and 16) between the airport and the city centre. The journey time is around 15 minutes in duration and fares cost approximately 2.50 euros. Taxis are also available to catch from the airport and cost around 16 euros into Faro town.
If on a tight budget, you can rent out affordable hostel accommodation in shared rooms for around 12 euros a night. Hotel accommodation costs around 40 euros a night per person. If you plan to travel to this destination during the peak season, make sure you organise your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
An extensive bus network operates a reliable service within Faro and the Algarve. A single ticket in zone 1 costs around 1 euro, while zone 2 costs approximately 2 euros. Travelling in all zones will cost you about 2 euros and Day Passes cost around 5.50 euros.
Taxis have a start fare of around 3 euros, with 50 cents added each km thereafter. Rates increase between 9 pm and 6 am, and at weekends. Taxis are rarely hailed, and most people reserve them in advance by phone. There's an extra charge for luggage.