Famed for its picturesque surroundings and thriving nightlife, Faro holidays are perfect for anyone looking for a sunny escape.
The vibrant capital of the Algarve, Faro is home to a large student crowd, resulting in a laid-back bohemian vibe. Jam-packed with authentic Portuguese culture, you’ll find plenty of delicious local treats to tempt you as you immerse yourself in the spirit of this beautiful destination.
For those with an adventurous streak, there are plenty of things to do on holidays in Faro. Discover the lagoons within the Rio Formosa that borders Faro, or take to the waves at one of the numerous surfing schools in the area. Whether you want to stroll through the charming streets of Albufeira or laze on white-washed sands, you’ll find plenty to keep you captivated on your holidays to Faro.
Things to do in Faro
Faro is a historic city, having been invaded and inhabited by the Romans and the Moors alike and a lot of evidence of their presence remains, making for a lot of things to do in Faro for visitors. Take a look at the old walls and see the ruins of the old Roman Forum. A devastating earthquake ruined a lot of the city in 1755 and many of the new buildings have been erected since then. See the Arco da Vila – the arch leading to the old town, which has survived this and many other quakes.
The water is a huge attraction and there is much to amuse the water-sports enthusiast, such as windsurfing, sea-kayaking and water and jet-skiing. A must on Faro Holidays is a visit to one of the excellent seafood restaurants - don’t go home without sampling the super local wines and ports. If you want to get away from the city and you have children in tow, take a day trip to one of the many water parks in the Algarve for a great day out.
Beach Bliss and Cultural Hotspots
Whether you’re craving a cultural break or a reason to laze on the beach, you’re sure to find it in equal amounts on holidays to Faro. While it might not offer the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, there is plenty of authentic Portuguese charm to be found here, perfect for those who can enjoy the charming beauty of a historic town with a romantic feel which makes Faro an excellent spot for a couples’ getaway.
With a short journey from the airport, the busy neighbourhood of Monte Gordo is ideal for those on business trips as well as those looking for an opportunity to explore the surrounding areas of the Algarve, such as the laid-back town of Portimao. Those seeking culture and history should head straight for the Old Town, or Cidahe Velha, home to a majestic cathedral, fascinating archaeological museum and eclectic restaurants serving up delicious local cuisine.
If your cultural needs extend beyond the daylight hours, you’ll find plenty of excellent ways to entertain yourself on your holidays to Faro. With a vast student population, it emulates a bohemian feel and ensures a happening nightlife. Don your dancing shoes for a night out on the town immersing yourself in true Portuguese spirit, or head to one of the many theatres that can be found throughout the area. If you’re looking for a more laid-back feel to your nights out on Faro holidays, pay a visit to nearby Alvor. With relaxed music bars and restaurants boasting a fantastic atmosphere, it provides the perfect area to linger over drinks as you watch the sun set.