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Introduction to Faro

On the southern tip of Portugal, in the Algarve region, you'll find the seaside city of Faro. It is an ancient place, with some structures dating back to the time of the Moors. Curious about this southern Portuguese hotspot? Skyscanner's online search engine can help you find the perfect hotel for your stay, at the cheapest rate. Book your airfare and check on that rental car while you're at it. Then go enjoy the history, and the warm sunny coast.

Things to Do in Faro

Explore Old Town Faro by walking through the "Arco de Vila," one of the oldest horseshoe arches in Portugal. It dates back to the 11th century when there was a large Arab population. The Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assuncao, dating back to the 16th century, is now the Municipal Museum. The Bishop's Palace and Cathedral in Largo da Se, was built in 1251, after the Christian conquest. Fast forward a few centuries and check out the Church of Sao Francisco and its gilded tiles and carvings. Many streets are narrow and winding, but that's what makes them interesting.

Check out the beaches of Faro on the southern end of three sandbar-like islands just off the mainland. Ilha de Faro is connected by road and is slightly more developed and tends to get more visitors. It has great surfing and wide swaths of sand that are popular with local families. Ilha Deserta and Ilha da Culatra are reached by taxi boats. Ilha Deserta is, as the name implies, the most remote and the quietest. It does have one building, a restaurant called Estamine known for its seafood. Ilha de Culatra has a fishing village of the same name and the seasonal holiday community of Farol. No cars or public transport exist. Instead, a path connects the two villages.

Getting To and Around Faro

Faro Airport (FAO) is only seven kilometres from Faro's city centre. It is a busy place, with one large terminal handling passengers arriving and departing from 60 gates. A car is your best option to enjoy the area and nearly a dozen car rental firms are set up near baggage claim. Taxis wait right outside the arrival doors, with fares into downtown Faro averaging $16.00 CAD, excluding tip. The Circuit Bus makes the same trip for about $3.00 CAD. The bus drivers don't take large bills, so keep that in mind when you change your cash to Euros.

Hotels in Faro

  • You'll find hotels in Faro tantalizingly close to the old city, making it easy to just step out and go exploring. One is the Aqua Ria Boutique Hotel, which is not only a short walk from the Arco de Villa but is in one of the popular shopping districts. The 17 rooms are decorated in warm earth tones and include individual climate controls, balconies and free Wi-Fi. Rent a car or a bicycle onsite and if you need some ready cash, there's an ATM. A restaurant and bar are onsite.
  • The Eva Hotel, another Old Town favourite, is located at the marina and overlooks the Ria Formosa nature reserve. Rooms have a contemporary modern décor done in tones of whites with accents of blues and greens, suitable for its waterfront locale. Many rooms overlook the seaside pool area, which has dozens of shaded lounges for guests to enjoy. Dine at the onsite Harune Restaurant and enjoy an even more panoramic view from the floor to ceiling windows.
  • One of the most reasonable priced properties is the Best Western Hotel Dom Bernardo. This three-star property is on the northern end of Old Town, has comfortably furnished rooms, free Wi-Fi and includes breakfast in the room rate. It's housed in an older building and fits in just perfectly with its surrounding, including the small chapel that's right across the street.