The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and it's not difficult to see why. Holidays in Faro, the provincial capital known as the 'Gateway to the Algarve', are within easy reach of a whole range of great places to visit within Portugal's fabulous Algarve region...
Famous for its cultural and maritime history, Faro is home to several great museums. For some fascinating archaeological finds, visit the Museu Arquologico (€2) at Largo Dom Afonso III. Alternatively, the Museu Etnografico features many traditional art displays and historical exhibits. Located at Praca da Liberdade 2, this museum is open Monday to Friday (9am to 5.30pm).
Alternatively, if golf is your passion, Faro has some of the finest courses in the entire region, all of which are surrounded by glorious landscape scenery.
Faro holidays can often involve some great events. Highlights include the Procisão do Enterro do Senhor - a Good Friday religious procession - the International Music Festival (Apr - May) and the Feira de Arte e Artenasanato, which is an arts fair featuring local handicrafts that is held in June.
The good news is that there are flights to Faro available daily from the UK. The flight will take a mere two hours and forty minutes from London and is less than three hours wherever you are flying from in the UK. From the airport you will be just a twenty-minute journey away from the centre of Faro.
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The Algarve enjoys year-round good weather and Faro is therefore somewhere you can visit whenever you wish to enjoy some sun...
Whatever time of year you choose to take advantage of the availability of great cheap holidays in Faro, you can be sure the weather will not disappoint.
Temperatures in the summer reach the 30s and in winter rarely dip below the low teens. Rainfall is low for most of the year, although the winter months can see showers off the Atlantic coast. Be aware that the sea can be deceptively cool as the Atlantic does not enjoy the same warmth of the Med; even in summer.
Why not combine your holiday to the Faro region with one of the many events taking place in the area?
Highlights include the Procisão do Enterro do Senhor - a Good Friday religious procession - the International Music Festival (April - May), and the Feira de Arte e Artenasanato, which is an arts fair featuring local handicrafts that is held in June.
Here are some suggestions to get out and about and to see more of what the Algarve has to offer...
Relaxing: Book a hire car and head along the coast to visit one of the many popular beach resorts, such as Albufeira, Vilamoura, Praia da Luz and Alvor. With plenty of opportunity for surfing and watersports, as well as the chance to grab a tan on the golden sands, there's no better place to unwind.
Families: There are many waterparks such as Aqualand and Slide and Splash for lots of fun on the rides and slides.
Romance: If you drive inland you can reach Monchique. This spa town is in the hills overlooking the coastline and is popular with day trippers as well as those looking to stay somewhere away from it all. It's a world away from the busy resorts, peaceful and beautiful.
Nature lovers: Cabo de Sao Vicente is where the Algarve ends and the great Atlantic begins. Next stop USA. The dramatic cliffs tower high above the ocean and make for great walks with bird watching opportunities and superb views out to sea.
East of Faro you'll find the Nature Reserve Ria Formosa. This is a series of lagoons with sand dunes and bird breeding sites with lots of trails to explore. Protected under law, the area is one of important biodiversity and well worth a visit.