Bay with turquoise water and cliffs in the Algarve © matho/
Bay with turquoise water and cliffs in the Algarve © matho/

Faro – Gateway to the Algarve

Veröffentlicht: 29. Februar 2024, 10:00 Uhr

Faro is the best place to fly to for a holiday in the Algarve. Those just passing through really miss out on something special. A visit to the Algarve’s capital is worthwhile for its charming old town alone. A stroll through the winding, cobbled streets of Vila Adentro feel like a journey back in time. Little wonder since the city wall and its historic entrance gates date back to the Middle Ages and cars are not allowed to enter.

With its abundance of small cafés, shops and restaurants, Faro is wonderfully relaxed and easy to get around. The church, the cathedral with the old bell tower and other historic buildings can be easily explored on foot. Located on a vast lagoon, this small town is still almost an insider tip in the Algarve. This region is a popular holiday destination due to its endless beautiful beaches, imposing cliffs and the many water sports and hiking opportunities. 

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: - 1 hour
  • Population: 65.000 
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

A city stroll through Faro

The wild beauty of the Algarve

The Algarve is considered one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal. Located in the south of the country, the area offers an amazing combination of kilometres of sandy beaches, imposing cliffs, mountains filled with cork oaks and eucalyptus trees and charming towns. Swimming, surfing and diving in the Atlantic are just as popular here as excursions into the quieter hinterland to castles, markets and villages. The Algarve is a hiking paradise with glorious trails along the rocky coast or into the beautiful Monchique Mountains. There is no shortage of special excursion destinations: unforgettable places in the rocky Algarve include the light-flooded cave of Benagil, the Cabo de São Vicente lighthouse or the rock formations shaped by nature at Marinha Beach. 

Algarve highlights

Faro from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. A bit of morning exercise in the Jardim Manuel Bivar city garden

2. Have breakfast in the Old Town: Maybe a tosta mista with a galão?

3. Visit the church, town hall and cathedral and climb the bell tower

4. Take a boat trip around the Ria Formosa lagoon

5. Round off the day with a sundowner at the marina

1. Take a surf class in Lagos

2. Dash through the Monchique Mountains on a mountain bike

3. Kayak along the cliffs to Ponta da Piedade

4. Hike along the coast from Praia da Marinha to the Alfanzina lighthouse

5. Dive to the wrecks on the coast off Portimão

1. From Cabo de São Vicente, the most south-westerly point in Europe across the Atlantic

2. From the highest mountain, the Fóia, over the Monchique Mountains

3. From the small village of Cacela Velha via the Ria Formosa Natural Park

4. From the second highest mountain in the Algarve, the Picota, across the rocky Algarve

5. From the Torre da Aspa cliff over the coast of the western Algarve

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