One of Europe’s most popular beach holiday destinations, Faro is blessed with extensive Portuguese history, an alluring marina, a lively nightlife and paradisiacal beaches. The city centre reveals an array of historical museums and seafood restaurants, while the surrounding coastline dishes up all-day beach parties and water sports.
Things to do in Faro
If you’re looking for an unspoilt beach without the crowds, organise a ferry across to the Cabo de Santa Maria on the Ilha da Deserta Island. Golden sands and a towering lighthouse can be found on Praia de Faro. This 10-kilometre-long stretch of beach also provides waterfront cafes and restaurants, along with lively summer crowds.
Immerse yourself in some of Portugal’s best natural spoils at Ria Formosa, a stunning lagoon with inlets, seahorses and a popular beach. You can also head across to Tavira Island, which is just off the coast and is home to kilometres of inviting beaches with sun loungers and umbrellas.
Do you love historical attractions? Hang out around the centre of Faro, where you can explore a range of centuries-old buildings and fascinating museums. Check out the Museu Arqueologico, a former convent that now houses archaeological exhibits and intricate mosaic artwork. Afterwards, head over to the Algarve Live Science Center, where you can interact with hands-on natural history exhibits and see arachnids.
Exceptional international and local dining can be found around Faro, especially around its waterfront districts. Head to Sushi Pearl for delicious Japanese cuisine, dine on gourmet food and wine at Se7e Pedras Wine Bar & Restaurant or enjoy classic Irish beer and food at Piper's Irish Pub.
Getting around Faro
Faro is just over 10 minutes’ drive from Faro Airport, which has flights from numerous European cities. You can also catch a high-speed train from Lisbon or ride long-distance buses. Faro’s city centre is easily explored on foot, but you’ll need a car or ferries to reach the beaches.