Cheap flights to Faro
Faro is the gateway to the Algarve, a wonderfully sunny area of Portugal welcoming thousands of tourists every year. With year-round sunshine, miles of beautiful sandy beaches and flower-decked, whitewashed villages it’s not difficult to see why Faro is such a popular holiday destination.
Head to towns like Albufeira and Lagos to explore historic Portugese streets and stop a while in one of the region’s many restaurants to sample the mouth-watering local cuisine; Faro is not a place to head to if you’re on a strict diet. Venture along the beach-lined Atlantic coast to find resorts to suit every need, from the activity-filled child-friendly Lagos, Albufeira and Praia da Rocha to the luxurious marina at Vilamoura, and the historic towns of Silves, Tavira or Sagres.
The inland town of Loulé is the best place to catch a carnival procession on 4 March. Also this month, the Algarve Bike Challenge sees teams of mountain bikers ride through the challenging hills of the Serra do Caldeirão, with the finish in Tavira (28-30 March, algarvebikechallenge.com).
Vilamoura, which hosts the Portugual Masters in October, also has two fabulous beaches either side of a plush marina packed with luxury yachts. The west side of the marina runs various boat trips up the coast, including tours that offer the chance to spot dolphins.
For the energetic, the recently opened Rota Vicentina is a fantastic marked walking trail that skirts the western edge of the Algarve, ending at Sagres. The whole route is over 340km, but each stage is less than 25km. www.rotavicentina.com