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.
A consistently popular destination with Brits, especially in the summer, there are lots of flight options from the UK...
Faro flights will deliver UK visitors to the Algarve in around three hours.
Prices for Faro flights are fairly consistent for travel throughout the year, thanks to the prevalence of pleasant warm weather on the Algarve at any time.
Peak season is July to September. Whenever you choose to visit this charming part of Europe, book flights early to get the best deal.
Good transfer services are available and getting from the airport is easy in order to reach your holiday accommodation...
Buses and taxis are available right outside the terminal doors to take you to your final destination, and buses work on an unusually reliable timetable from Faro and across the Algarve.
There are great places to stay here - be it one of the fantastic hotels or one of many self-catering villas and apartments...
Hotels and rentals in Faro are plentiful and offer good value for money - especially if you book ahead. Whatever type of accommodation you are looking for, you are sure to find it here on the capital of southern Portugal's Algarve region.
There are several options when it comes to choosing your location in or near Faro. Staying close to the airport is an excellent option for short-stay travellers. A number of hotels and guesthouses are conveniently located on the road between Faro International Airport and the city centre and coast, while the centre itself offers plenty of hotel and apartment options too.
Out of town there are lots more options - secluded rustic locations, guesthouses perched right on the beach or large family hotels in some of the Algarve's most prestigious holiday and leisure resorts. If cost is an issue, opt for these less central locations as they are not only likely to offer discounts, but have a more relaxed atmosphere too.
The Algarve is well known for its resort developments and the area around Faro is no exception. There are excellent hotel complexes nestled in the pine forests of the famous Vale do Lobo golf and beach resort.
However long your stay and whatever your budget, there is no shortage of places to stay, so book your flights today using our price comparison tool and before you know it you'll be soaking up the Portuguese sunshine.