Faro, one of the most charming (and largest) coastal cities in the Algarve, is popular among daytrippers from neighbouring holiday resorts such as Albufeira and Vilamoura. Compared to these more prominent towns, Faro offers a more relaxed vibe. With that comes quieter beaches to soak up the sun, especially on the long sandy beaches on barrier islands in its lagoon.

    The heart of the city is peppered with historical landmarks like majestic cathedrals, Roman villas and even macabre chapels, while a boat ride out promises magnificent natural beauty and memorable cetacean encounters. Whether you’re escaping the crowds for unspoilt seascapes, antique charms, or fun over Atlantic waters, Faro is the base – and destination – for you.

    Where & what to eat in Faro

    • 10 Best Local Restaurants in Faro

      Faro has a great variety of local restaurants with delicious Portuguese food. Some are very humble and simple when it comes to décor, but not at all modest in flavour. If you’re looking for sun, fun and good food away from the resorts and main tourist attractions, Faro is certainly the place for you. Sadly (or not) Faro is frequently...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Faro

    • 5 Best Places to Go Shopping in Faro

      Faro's shopping scene is modest yet surprisingly interesting. The relatively small city has a bustling commercial heart as well as a couple of great out-of-town malls. You'll find both unique local boutiques and big international brands in spades. As the capital of the Algarve, Faro is certainly the star shopping destination in the area, though that doesn't put...

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