The city of Faro, on Portugal's ever-popular Algarve, is rich in history and culture. With warm year-round temperatures, a lively social scene and beaches on the doorstep, hotels in Faro are snapped up by holidaymakers looking for a slice of the good life.
Read on to discover some of the best reasons to book Faro hotels...
There's golf, for starters. Lovers of the game flock here to tread the fairways and master their skills on some of Europe's finest courses. Then there's the sunshine - an abundance of it - and high annual temperatures that make holidays here ideal at any time. You've also got pretty harbours, perfect beaches, traditional restaurants and a welcome as warm as the weather.
Cheap flights direct to Faro Airport from the UK make Faro a sought-after destination. Read on to discover where to stay, what to see and what's on at the annual calendar of events during your visit.
Faro accommodation is in demand throughout the year, though the summer months are especially busy. It's wise to book your ideal Faro hotel well in advance of travel to secure your room and to pay the lowest prices.
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There are a few excellent hotels in Faro, some at the water's edge and offering fine views. Four- and five-star hotels offer pools, good restaurants and high levels of comfort for reasonable prices. A good selection of mid-range and budget hotels can also be found in the central parts of the city, with offerings from brands such as Ibis and Best Western. Residencials are like guesthouses and they offer comfort and low prices.
Car hire is advisable if you plan to see more than just the city centre. This also gives you the opportunity to widen your search for hotels in the Algarve, with destinations such as Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Tavira within an hour's drive.
All around this stretch of coastline you can check in at spa hotels, golf hotels, cheap guesthouses, all-inclusive family hotels, plus self-catering apartments and villas.
Faro's beauty and heritage are evident around almost every corner you turn...
Top five attractions
Head for the Renaissance Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção and you'll find the fascinating municipal museum that houses a number of remarkable artefacts, including mosaics that are almost 2,000 years old.
Cobbled streets wind their way around the picturesque squares of this walled medieval town. Take a step back in time and let yourself get lost for a little while in the peaceful maze of tiny streets.
In the centre of Cidade Velha, visitors discover Sé. It began life as a cathedral before becoming a mosque during Moorish reign. Largely destroyed during the 18th century, it was rebuilt in a baroque style. The rooftop offers some of the best views in Faro.
The distinctive pointed roof and colourful exterior make this 18th-century building stand out among its neighbours. It provides a great photo opportunity.
Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
This stunning lagoon is a glorious haven for wildlife. Join a bird watching tour if you want to appreciate its full splendour.
Faro has plenty of reasons to celebrate, and the locals don't need much encouragement at these popular annual events...
Liberation Day; April 25: Celebrations - made up mainly of food, drink and dancing - begin on the night of the 24th and tend not to quieten until the early hours of the 26th. Many towns and villages will lay on entertainment with a makeshift stage and street parties.
FolkFaro; August: The streets of Faro ring out with traditional music for five days when folk-style entertainment can be enjoyed around the city.
Festa do Concelho; September: The two-week celebrations reach a climax around September 7th for the Comemorações do Dia da Cidade, which marks Faro's elevation to city status. Musical concerts, exhibitions and sporting contests are spread out across the festival fortnight.