Lynda Brown , City Breaks Specialist

"Algarve’s capital, Faro, has a lovely untouched atmosphere, quite rare amongst its other neighbouring towns. The food is what I love most about Faro, it’s reasonably priced, delicious and the portions are always generous, you must try the grilled sardines and seafood like the oysters and squid – if you’re into that sort of thing! Faro is the perfect short break on its own, or a base for exploring the rest of the Algarve, just simply hop on a train to a nearby town. "

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

Getting around

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. 

Nightlife 

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
  • 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
Average temperatures

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Interesting facts

If your feeling adventurous, go diving in the world's largest artificial reef in Portimao.

Distance from airports
Faro 10 km