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.