Faro & The Algarve at a glance
Stretching along Portugal’s southwestern coast, the Algarve is a region of sandy beaches, historic sights and luxury developments. A popular holiday destination, the Algarve is known for its breathtaking coastline of quiet bays, rugged cliffs, long stretches of unspoiled beaches and charming seaside towns and villages.
The region’s history stretches all the way back to the Paleolithic period, with Romans, Moors, and the Kingdom of Portugal all ruling the region for a period. Today, evidence of Roman and Arabic influence can be found at historic sites such as the Roman villa at the Milreu Ruins and the renowned red sandstone, Arabic castle at Silves.
Visit the capital of Faro to stroll through the well-preserved medieval quarter and enjoy the vibrant nightlife or visit historic Lagos with its popular beaches and restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous, go diving at the world’s largest artificial reef in Portimão or enjoy a day cruise, exploring the coast’s secluded caves and beaches.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Historic attractions
- Picturesque setting
- Beachfront attractions
There is a bus service that runs between Lagos, Olhao, Faro and some larger Spanish cities and resorts. Trains also operate throughout the region providing reliable transportation to different resort towns.
Algarve’s nightlife offers something to suit every taste, from cocktail bars and elegant terrace lounges to laid back Jazz clubs and beach bars where you can dance with the sand between your toes. The student town of Faro guarantees a lively night scene, while the bigger clubs and dance venues rest further north toward Vilamoura.
Dining in Faro & The Algarve
With the coast serving as a primary landscape, seafood is at its best in Faro and the Algarve. Moorish and Indian influences mix with traditional Portuguese recipes, creating a mouthwatering, rustic Mediterranean style of food preparation that incorporates earthy blends of fresh produce and meats, strong herbs and the use of exotic fruits and nuts.
Must-try local dishes:
- Bacalhau – a dish based on salt dried cod prepared in a variety of ways and often served with potatoes
- Piri piri – spicy grilled chicken
- Pudim Flan – a sweet, creamy flan with a caramel flavour
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice (not just Saturday to Saturday!)
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 451,006 Languages Portuguese Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
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- Interesting facts
If your feeling adventurous, go diving in the world's largest artificial reef in Portimao.
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- Distance from airports
Faro 10 km