Capital to the southern region of Algarve in Portugal, Faro is a distinctly charming Portuguese resort town. With a beautiful marina, well-maintained parks and plazas, and a historic old town filled with pedestrian lanes and outdoor cafes, Faro is often an underrated city that many visitors pass through without giving it a second glance. Faro is home to vibrant nightlife scenes, bourgeoning theatre scenes, and many historic museums, churches, and chapels. The beaches and islands make Faro a popular resort destination.
Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, is located 4 kilometers to the west of Faro in Portugal. The airport is served by a plenty of buses and taxis. A taxi will typically cost $15-20 and an additional charge for luggage. It is recommended to rent a car if you are planning to explore the Algarve region. Faro is the third biggest airport in Portugal and have many flights arriving from various Canadian cities.
Faro offers history and culture set in a relaxing environment that is easy to explore. Praia de Faro is the best beach in the region, spanning 5 kilometers of golden sand with inviting cafes and small beach bars. During the summer, the beaches can get very busy with tourists. Quieter spots can be found within a short walk distance along the coast. The pink Estoi Palace is one of the finest Rococo architecture found in the Algarve region and a popular tourist attraction. Just outside the village is the ruins of Milreu, a once grand Roman Villa where ancient stone mosaics can be seen. For those looking to find something away from the main tourist route, the Capela Dos Ossos, the bone chapel, is a historic chapel made of human bones. For a taste of authentic Portuguese cuisine, try A Venda serving home-style Portuguese food. Faro is also a great city to start when exploring Portugal, as you can find cheap transportation options to other cities in the country.
The best time to visit Faro is between the months of June and September when the weather is hot and sunny, reaching temperatures of 35 °C. Use these itineraries as a rough guide to exploring the city for a day, or if you want to do it more leisurely, in a period of 3 days.
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