Portugal's Algarve coast is one of the best in Europe and Faro a great base to discover it from...
With sun-soaked beaches, professional golf courses, tantalising food, relaxing spas, fascinating history, and enough shopping to satisfy the itch to whip out the plastic.
The city of Faro is a little touristy, though the history - and the Moorish heritage in particular - make it a destination worthy of investigation, even if only for a day trip.
Albufeira is the target for holidaymakers looking for a livelier break, whereas those looking for a more peaceful rest in the sun might prefer Carvoeiro, Praia da Rocha, Vilamoura or even a spa break in the Monchique Mountain region.
Other popular choices on the Algarve include Quinta do Lago, Quarteria, Vila do Bispo, Portimao, the city of Lagos, and lovely Sagres, near where you'll find Cabo San Vicente (Cape St Vincent). The cape was once thought to be the most westerly point of the world. Christopher Colombus soon dismissed that idea with his explorations (often from Portugal, incidentally).
Car hire is advisable for longer distance trips and destinations outside of Faro. Hiring a car in Faro also permits further exploration of the whole region - if you can tear yourself away from the pool or beach.