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If you’re considering a visit to Faro and are wondering what to do when you get there, look no further. We’ve compiled this list of things to see and do with our guide on fun things around the city for your convenience. From day trips to sightseeing, we’ve got it all covered.
How to get to Faro
As Faro’s airport is situated on the outskirts of town, we’d recommend taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel. The journey should take no more than fifteen minutes, and the fare shouldn’t be more than €20. There are regular buses between Faro airport and the city centre.
The best way to get around Faro itself is by walking. The city is very pedestrian-friendly, and most attractions are found within walking distance of each other.
Things to do in Faro Portugal
Explore the Historic Centre
The historic center of Faro is not only extremely charming and beautiful, but also very interesting. There are many monuments and buildings from different eras, such as the Church of San Francisco where the famous explorer Vasco da Gama is buried. There are also numerous museums to visit such as the Faro’s Archaeological museum or the museum of Saint Francis.
Relax on the Beach
In Faro, one of the most traditional ways to relax is by spending an afternoon at the beach. The city is surrounded by a number of beaches, all easily reached on foot. These are the busiest during the summer. The most popular of these beaches is Praia da Rocha.
For those who like to explore nature, the Ponta de Sagres offers great sightseeing opportunities of the region of Algarve, while those who prefer a more relaxing beach holiday can choose from sandy beaches such as the Praia de Faro or the Praia do Burgau.
If you’re travelling with children, there are a number of outdoor activities that they are sure to enjoy. Faro’s Aquarium is one of the best in Europe, and it offers an exciting introduction to the marine life and ecosystems of Algarve and Portugal’s Atlantic coast. There are also a number of coastal excursions available to explore the coastal area.
Shopping in Faro
If you enjoy shopping, Faro is the place to be. The city offers a wide range of shops and boutiques, with something to suit every taste and budget. Shops generally open from 9am until 2pm and from 4pm until 8pm. The most popular shopping areas include Rua Estrada de Benfica, Avenida 25 de Abril and Rua dos Pescadores.
Where to stay in Faro
Hotels in Faro can be found on the beach or in the city centre. It’s worth bearing in mind that rooms in the city centre are subject to noise from traffic and tourists, while rooms at the beach may be a little out of reach for those who don’t wish to walk. We recommend ‘Luxury Beach Guest House’ and ‘Hotel Faro and Beach Club’.
When to go to Faro
If you are planning to visit during peak season (June-August), make sure you book your room in advance as Faro’s hotels get booked up quickly.