History, culture, great shopping and beaches all combine to make a holiday in Faro the ideal choice. Faro is the capital of Portugal's Algarve and its airport is the gateway to the beach resorts along this coastline. Faro has it's own share of beaches - choose from 7km stretch of Praia de Faro with its watersports or catch a ferry to the island beaches of Ilha Deserta or Ilha de Culatra. The boat-lined marina is home to bars and restaurants along with the Naval Museum and Faro Jewish Heritage Centre. East of the marina is Cidade Velha (Old Town), still surrounded by 9th century Roman walls, its main square has a cathedral, Episcopal Palace, convent and the Nossa Senhora do Carmo church. The Parque Natural Ria Formosa boasts hundreds of different birdlife species to enjoy. Shopping is a pleasure with shop lined city centre streets and also the Forum Algarve Shopping Mall on the way to the airport to discover. Add in a pleasant year-round sunny climate and it's easy to see why a holiday in Faro ticks many boxes on your holiday wish-list.
There are lots of things to see and do on a holiday in Faro. The beaches are the obvious draw during the daytime and the watersports available to try. Learn to dive on a diving course. Visit the bird life and nature at the Parque Natural Ria Formosa. Enjoy boat trips along the Algarve coastline or the offshore islands. Explore the local countryside by bike or on foot. Culture fans will enjoy the Maritime Museum, the Municipal Museum and the Galerie de Arte. The children will have a splashing time at the Aquashow & Theme Park and also the Aqualand Water Park nearby. Catch the latest screen blockbuster at the cinema. For fun on four wheels, the karting complex is not be missed.
When the sun goes down, Faro really comes to life. Faro boasts a good choice of nightlife, from clubs to bars to music venues you'll be spoilt for choice. Rua do Prior at the centre of town is packed with dance clubs, night cafes and pubs. TCube and Kadoc are some of the largest nightspots in Faro.
There are many restaurants and cafes to tempt your tastebuds on holiday in Faro. Many menus centre around the freshly caught fish and seafood. Grilled sardines, thin pork slices or chicken piri piri are local favourites too. From traditional Portuguese food to fast food, Chinese, Indian and Italian fare, you'll not go hungry in Faro. An abundance of orange trees produces freshly squeezed orange juice, while Vinho Verde, Mateus Rose and the local Sagres, Super Block and Cristal make the perfect accompaniement to your meal.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.