Faro is the gateway to the Algarve. With year-round sunshine, miles of beautiful sandy beaches and flower-decked and pretty whitewashed villages, it’s easy to see why the Algarve is so popular. And, with year-round flights to Faro from several airlines – it’s an easy to reach, fabulous holiday destination. Plus, the government of Portugal have made special arrangements for British passport holders to be fast tracked through the airport post-Brexit (see our post on this topic).
Transfers from Faro airport to many of the Algarve’s major towns and resorts are quick and easy to arrange. There are several car rental companies at the airport including Avis and Hertz.
What to see and do in Faro
The old town is gorgeous and a key tourist attraction. Its cobbled streets are lined with ancient buildings, authentic restaurants, bars and shops. With museums and great beaches – there’s plenty to do in Faro.
Wander through the Arco da Vila, a striking gateway to the old town and spot remnants of the 1000 year old city walls. The archway known as Cidade Vehla leads to a quiet enclave of the old town with pretty white washed houses, dripping with pots of flowers contrasting with terracotta tiled roofs. With its pretty squares and some lovely restaurants, it’s a great place to stroll.
If you fancy something a bit different, take a boat trip from the harbour and explore the coast. Faro is also the gateway to the Ria Formosa Natural park, a series of salt water lagoons and a haven for wildlife. With some tours you can stop off on an island and be picked up later in the day.
The stunning resort of Quinta do Lago is around 20 minutes’ drive from Faro. With its luxury villas, brilliant golf courses, activities galore, beaches, restaurants and the brand new Campus multi sports complex, it’s a fabulous holiday destination.
Airlines flying to Faro
Faro is served by 26 UK airports and flights to the area (which are more numerous in summer) include:
EasyJet fly from Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, Southend, Manchester and Newcastle.
RyanAir fly from London Stansted, Bristol, London Luton, Southend, Manchester.
British Airways fly daily with departures from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City and London Stansted.
Aerlingus fly Dublin to Faro.
Flybe fly from Cardiff, Southampton, Exeter and Doncaster Sheffield.
Jet2 fly from Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburg, Glasgow, Leeds, London Stansted and Manchester.
Thomas Cook fly from Manchester and Birmingham.
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