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Faro Holidays

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CurrencyEUR: Euro LanguagePortuguese Flight DurationAround 3 hours and 15 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +0 hours

As capital of the Algarve in Portugal, the city of Faro is perfect for both city and beach breaks, for those who want it all on holiday! Faro isn’t just the gateway to the Algarve; it also has its fair share of sights and attractions to keep you busy, including a rich maritime history, great shopping and bar-hopping opportunities and authentic culture. The nearby golf courses are fantastic, too!

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Great Things to Do

Whether you’re attracted by the sights, the nightlife or the fantastic beaches on its doorstep, Faro is a perfect Portuguese haven for a summer break.

Shop in the Boutiques

Faro is full of gorgeous shops and bijou boutiques where you can splash some cash and treat yourself to some new holiday clothes or souvenirs. The Rua Santo Antonio and the Rua Francisco Gomes are two of the best streets in the city if you’re planning on letting loose your inner shopaholic, and the markets are also very popular.

Party Hard After Dark

As darkness blankets the city, the nightlife comes alive, especially during term time when Faro uni students add to the buzzing atmosphere. The Dux nightclub is a must if you want to strut your stuff in style, and there are plenty of bars, cafes and trendy spots in the city where you can sip cocktails till the early hours.

Spot Birds at the Ria Formosa Natural Park

It may be a city, but Faro is on the outskirts of a natural park, where birdwatchers and nature lovers will feel right at home. The scenery here is stunning, and as it’s protected, the beauty is here to stay. It’s a migration route for many species of birds, including flamingos and the rare purple swamphen, so take your camera!

Wander the Old Town

The historical old town, split into the Vila-Adentro and Mouraria, is simply delightful, and an easy way to lose several hours during your time in Faro. Wander beneath the three arches and cast your eyes over the intricate period architecture, or take a look around the mesmerising cathedral before stopping for a refreshing drink.

Getting Around

It may seem like a sizeable city, but the main centre of Faro is fairly compact, and its pedestrianised streets make it perfectly walkable (but a map can really help!). There is an excellent bus network that links the city with the beaches, the suburbs and the local airport. There are also buses and trains that can take you further afield, while taxis are on hand if you need something quick and convenient.

By Bus

The bus network in Faro is regular, comfy and efficient, and connects the city with its suburbs and beaches. Be aware that some services stop during the evenings and at weekends, so plan ahead.

By Car

Car hire in Faro is readily available, and is a great way of getting out and exploring the rest of The Algarve and beyond. Prices are competitive and roads good. If you do choose to hire a car, stick to the right.

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Passports and Visas

Brits don’t need visas to go on holiday to the Algarve, as long as their trip doesn’t last more than 3 months. Passports should be valid for your trip’s duration, though. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Remember to take your EHIC which entitles you to free emergency medical care when you’re on holiday. Comprehensive travel insurance is also essential. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/health

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