An atmospheric spot in the Algarve

Faro, the capital of Portugal’s Algarve region, is a city of contrasts – a cultural hotbed where you’ll find history, outstanding food and natural beauty. As well as bustling plazas, shopping streets and a modern marina, Faro has its fair share of age-old monuments.

Alongside its medieval cobbled streets there are Roman ruins and a Gothic cathedral. Faro holidays are great for seaside relaxation, thanks to the expansive Praia de Faro. It’s a short bus ride away, and there is 5 kilometres of sand to enjoy.

Another must-visit is the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Take a boat tour of its wildlife-filled lagoon, or spend a day enjoying one of its secret beaches, Ilha da Barreta and Ilha da Culatra. Faro is also great for foodies. Restaurants serve freshly caught fish from the Atlantic, and seafood from the nearby Ria Formosa. With so much to see, do and eat on holidays to Faro, the hardest part is deciding how long to stay for.

Your Faro questions, answered

Set on Portugal’s southern coast, Faro is the capital of the Algarve. It includes the Ria Formosa Nature Park, an important migratory spot for birds and wildlife.

With its gorgeous warm summers – where the sun shines for up to 12 hours a day – and mild winters, Faro is an attractive year-round destination.

The Ria Formosa is home to many shellfish beds – try the fresh clams and mussels, as well as Portuguese dishes such as grilled sardines and cod.

Best things to do in Faro

Explore the Ria Formosa

This luscious natural lagoon just off the coast of Faro is a haven for birds and wildlife. Birdwatchers should look out for storks, razorbills and flamingos.

Hit the beach

In addition to enjoying Faro’s sunny shores, take a boat to discover some of Ria Formosa’s beautiful sandy beaches, including Ilha da Culatra and Ilha da Barreta.

Soak up the history

Faro might have a modern centre, but it has ancient walls and historic ruins that tell of the city’s colourful past, dating back to the Romans and the Moors.