Faro is the gateway to the Algarve, the sunny region stretching all the way across Portugal's south coast. Lively resort towns and Moorish history, great golf courses and all the piri piri chicken you can eat: it's no wonder that this little corner of paradise is a favourite holiday destination for Brits.
Airports in Faro
Faro Airport is only airport in the Algarve, however depending on where you want to visit or where you are flying from it is always worth checking your alternative Algarve airport opptunities for flight prices such as Seville or Lisbon.
Faro aiport can get extremely busy from March to October, as millions of tourists descend upon the region in search of sun, sea and sand. If you're visiting the Algarve during the summer it's a good idea to arrive at the airport early on your way home, as there can be long queues at security and passport control. Faro Airport has one terminal which has a small but well formed selection of places to eat and shop. You can grab a coffee and a sandwich at Costa, or enjoy a substantial hamburger at Burger MH. There's also a Smoking Lounge after security.
Airlines that fly to Faro
British Airways, BA CityFlyer, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways all offer flights from Britain to Faro.
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Getting around the Algarve
The Algarve is quite a rural region, and most of its major towns and attractions are spread out. You will get a lot more out of your holiday if you hire a car at Faro Airport. Public transport to and from the airport is limited, but there are plenty of private hire taxi companies offering airport transfers. Buses 14 and 16 run from Faro city to the airport, with a journey time of 20 minutes and a ticket price of €2* (about £1.45). From Faro you can catch the train to popular areas such as Albufeira, Lagos, and Portimao.
*Prices subject to change
When to visit the Algarve
The Algarve is blessed with warm weather throughout the year. The most popular time to visit is during high season, from March to October. All of the bars and restaurants are in full swing and the town squares play host to street performers and pop-up concerts. During the winter things are a little more low key. Quite a few places close for the season, but on the plus side the beaches are less crowded and you can enjoy outdoor activities like golfing and hiking. December is the wettest month, although it's not uncommon to enjoy Christmas dinner al fresco.
What to see and do
Bars & Nightlife: The Algarve doesn't have the same outrageous reputation as Magaluf or Kavos, but there is definitely plenty of buzz: especially in the coastal towns of Albufeira, Lagos, and Carvoeiro. Drinks deals are plentiful, and there are loads of Irish pubs and cocktail bars that guarantee a good night out.
Outdoors & Active: If you're not one for lying on the beach, don't worry. The Algarve is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Go hillwalking in the Sierra de Monchique or take on a section of the Algarve Way and enjoy wandering through forested trails. Water-sports enthusiasts should head west of Lagos to enjoy some excellent Atlantic waves. And of course, we can't mention outdoor pursuits in the Algarve without mentioning golf. The region is home to some of Europe's top golf courses, and even boasts a unique cliff top course by the ocean.
Families & Children: The Algarve is an excellent choice for a family holiday. There's a wide selection of water parks and zoos, many of which can be accessed from the major resorts by bus. Mini-golf courses, mini tourist-trains, and a wide range of children's entertainment can also be found in most resort towns. Pick up a bucket and spade and enjoy a fun sandcastle competition on one of the Algarve's famous beaches.
Where to stay
The Algarve offers a huge selection of hotels, villas, and apartments. There are so many fantastic towns to choose from, and each one offers something different.
The great all rounder
Albufeira is the most popular resort town on the Algarve, and for good reason. This is where most of the action is. Party animals will love the cocktail bars of the Strip and the buzzing fun pubs of the old town, while couples can take a relaxing stroll along Praia dos Pescadores before an al fresco dinner in one of the many Portuguese restaurants. There's plenty for kids, too, with plenty of children's entertainment and a fantastic waterpark (Zoomarine) just 20 minutes drive away.
Whilst there is no Airport in Albufeira, Faro is only 45minutes away by car so is very easily accessable.
For high end travellers
Vilamoura is a great choice if you fancy a posh break in the Algarve. The trendy marina is where most of the action happens, and is home to a few designer shops as well as footballer Louis Figo's pub Bar Sete. As well as two stunning beaches, Vilamoura is also in the perfect position for accessing several of the Algarve's best championship golf courses. Remember to pack your handicap certificate!
For party animals
With its winding streets and hippy-dippy atmosphere, Lagos is the perfect base for a group holiday. There are plenty of beautiful white sand beach (our favourite is Meia Praia) and small but perfectly formed marina with some lovely bars. In the town itself you'll find a vast array of excellent nightclubs, but don't hit the drink deals too hard. Lagos is the gateway to the Algarve's West Coast, famous for its fantastic waves, so there are plenty of surf schools where you can learn to hang ten.
For history buffs
The inland town of Silves is topped by an impressive Moorish castle, boasts an excellent Archaeology Museum, and is home to a rare 16th Century cross marking a pilgrim route. The town also has plenty of great restaurants, and because you're away from the coast you can expect to pay a lot less. Silves is just a short drive from the Sierra de Monchique, a mountainous area perfect for long walks in the spring and autumn.
Wherever you're headed you can compare hotels in the Algarve to get the best deal on accommodation.
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