Faro is the provincial capital of Portugal's Algarve region. This modern metropolis offers some lovely shopping, great restaurants and a lively nightlife. It's also the base from which to visit the popular resort areas along the Algarve's 200km of golden coastline, but those who decide to stay here either before their beach holiday or afterwards, are rewarded with a variety of attractions in this traditional fishing port.
The city's charming old town, called the Cidade Velha, offers a host of ancient attractions, including an 18th Century gate where one enters plus remnants of the old city walls. One of Faro's most famous attractions is quite macabre: there's a chapel here, at Igreja do Carmo, whose walls are decorated with the bones of over 1 200 monks. Another more relaxing attraction is the Ria Formosa National park, one of Portugal's official seven natural wonders. And just outside the city is the peaceful little village of Estoi, with its pretty pink Rococo palace as well as some Roman ruins that date all the way back to the First Century.
Faro also offers a selection of excellent museums worth exploring, and when you tire of sightseeing, you can relax on the marina and soak up the magnificent scenery. The city has an idyllic setting, with rolling pine forests surrounding it and spectacular sea views. Another popular pastime in Faro and surrounds is golf, and there are a number of spectacular golf resorts in the vicinity offering world-class golf courses.
- Beja Airport / Airbase, LPBJ
- Faro Airport, LPFR
- Portimão Airport, LPPM