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Faro Guide

What should I know before visiting Faro?

Faro is the gateway to the Algarve

The Algarve is Portugal’s southernmost region. It’s beloved for its pristine beaches, clifftop towns, and vibrant culture. When you book tickets to Faro, be sure to spend some time exploring the city. Then continue your explorations of the Algarve by visiting the stunning towns of Lagos, Albufeira, and Tavira.

Learn some phrases in Portuguese

Since the Algarve is one of Portugal’s main tourist hubs, many locals speak some English. The odds are however, that you’ll come across some locals with limited or no knowledge of English. So, before leaving home on your return flights to Faro, take the time to learn some key phrases in Portuguese. Some useful things to know are olá (hello), adeus (goodbye), por favor (please), obrigado (thank you), and Fala inglês? (Do you speak English?). Another tip is to familiarise yourself with the feminine and masculine conjugations.

Consider renting a car when you book airfare to Faro

While exploring Faro, you’ll have no trouble getting around on foot and by public transport. But many visitors who book return flights to Faro use the city as a jump-off point to the iconic Algarve. Trains are available between the major towns of the Algarve, however driving can be quicker and more direct. Plus, exploring by car offers the opportunity to explore beaches and landmarks off the beaten path. When you book airfare to Faro with Webjet, you can also reserve a rental car to pick up from Faro Airport (FAO).


What are Faro’s most famous landmarks and monuments?

Arco da Vila

During medieval times, city walls were built around Faro. Many of these ancient walls still stand and can be seen when you book flights to Faro for a holiday. In the early 1800s, Arco da Vila was built along the city walls as a gateway into Faro. It was designed in an Italian neoclassical style and has become one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city. While holidaying on flights to Faro, take a stroll through the city’s old town where you can view the Arco da Vila. On top of the arch, there’s a small tower that visitors with cheap flights to Faro can visit for a stunning view over the city centre and coastline.

Faro Municipal Museum

If you’d like to learn more about the history and culture of the Algarve after your flights to Faro, spend some time at this museum. The Faro Municipal Museum is located in a 16th-century convent and showcases artefacts that date all the way back to prehistoric times. The bulk of the museum focuses on the Faro while the region was under Roman Empire rule. There are also some displays that chronicle what the city was like during medieval times. The Faro Municipal Museum is free to visit, so there’s no excuse not to check it out while holidaying on cheap flights to Faro.

Praia de Faro

Between your return flights to Faro, be sure to spend some time exploring the beaches of the Algarve. Praia de Faro is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) west of the city, and is one of the region’s most accessible beaches. Praia de Faro stretches for about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) along a narrow island called Ilha de Faro. The main beach looks out over the Atlantic Ocean, but there’s also a small lagoon-facing beach as well. When you book flights to Faro, spend some time at Praia de Faro for a beach escape right outside the city. The beach is lined with restaurants and cafes, so you could easily spend an entire day enjoying the Faro coast.


When is the best time to visit Faro?

Thanks to its great weather, Faro truly is a year-round destination. Summer is high season in the Algarve and the busiest time to travel into the city on flights to Faro. Between June and August, tourists flock to Faro from all over Europe to make the most of their summer holidays. Daytime temperatures typically hover between 26° to 29°C, and rain is rare in the summer. If you’d like to experience lovely weather but without the crowds of tourists, consider booking tickets to Faro in spring or autumn. During the day, temperatures hit about 23°C so you can still take advantage of the Algarve’s picture-perfect beaches. Although winter isn’t the ideal time for swimming or lounging on the beach, it’s still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. Daytime temperatures are about 17°C, and while rain is slightly more common than the other seasons, you can still only expect a few rainy days each month. Not many tourists visit the Algarve in the winter, leading to small crowds and a true local experience. However, some shops and restaurants close during the low season, so keep this in mind if you book cheap flights to Faro in winter.