Faro travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Why go now?

Faro's festa season starts soon, kicking off with the Ria Formosa Seafood Festival (26 July-5 August), continuing with FolkFaro (16-24 August), with the annual candy and dried fruit fair running alongside (17-26 August). These are the real deal: traditional Algarve events that don't pander to tourists.

Faro, gateway to Portugal's most popular holiday area, is oddly bypassed by visitors. The throngs arriving at Faro airport almost invariably head straight for the Algarve's beaches. But they're missing out: Faro is one of the region's most entrancing spots, with a charming old town and a wealth of natural riches in the Ria Formosa lagoon area.

Touch down

Faro is served from the UK by a host of airlines including British Airways (0844 493 0787;, easyJet (0843 104 5000;, Ryanair (0871 246 000;, Monarch (0871 940 5040;, Jet2 (0906 302 0660;, Thomas Cook (0871 230 2406;, Flybe (0871 700 2000;, Norwegian (0843 3780 888; and Thomson Airways (0871 231 4787;

The airport is about 5km west of the centre which you'll reach by taxi for around €12 or by bus for €2.22 – municipal Nos 14 and 16 (00 351 289 899 700; run to the main bus station (1) roughly every 50 minutes, taking 20 minutes (no service on Sundays).


Urbanização Páteo da Marina
Edifício Marina Luxor nº18
CP 8125-448

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