Faro Hotels Algarve, Portugal

The historic town of Faro is the capital of the Algarve and offers lots to see, from the many historic buildings to the shops and markets located at the harbour. There is plenty of street entertainment and lively nightlife in Faro but if you are looking for lazy days on beaches a trip to nearby resorts would be advisable.

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Faro

The provincial capital of the Algarve, Faro is a thriving university town. The ancient town of Est'i is home to a splendid Palace.

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Map view of Algarve where Faro is situated
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Faro Hotels (?)

Faro Hotel Photograph of Faro Hotel
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A centrally located hotel overlooking the marina and Ria Formosa, offering comfortable accommodation in downtown Faro....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

Eva Hotel Photograph of Eva Hotel
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Overlooking the marina, this large and modern hotel offers on-site facilities to appeal to both couples and families looking for a central location....

4.8 / 5 from 5 reviews

Monaco Hotel Photograph of Monaco Hotel
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Situated close to Faro Airport, the Hotel Monaco is just a short drive from the beach and town centre, featuring an outdoor pool, a bar and restaurant. ...

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

3K Faro Aeroporto Hotel Photograph of 3K Faro Aeroporto Hotel
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A simple hotel situated just outside the airport, a convenient choice for a stopover hotel....

Afonso III Hotel Photograph of Afonso III Hotel
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Hotel Afonso III is a 2-star hotel with a good central location, just steps away from Faro train station and bus terminal....

Best Western Dom Bernado Hotel Photograph of Best Western Dom Bernado Hotel
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With its central position, the Best Western Dom Bernado Hotel provides a convenient base for exploring the city....

Ibis Faro Hotel Photograph of Ibis Faro Hotel
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A functional and comfortable hotel situated on the outskirts of Faro....

Sao Filipe Guest House Photograph of Sao Filipe Guest House
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This simple guest house is situated in the centre of Faro, close to all the amenities, train and bus stations, the old town and the marina....

Sol Algarve Hotel Photograph of Sol Algarve Hotel
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The Sol Algarve Hotel provides simply furnished though comfortable accommodation in an ideal central location in the city's conservation area. ...

Stay Hotel Faro Centro Photograph of Stay Hotel Faro Centro
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Stay Hotel Faro Centro offers comfort, modern style, good value for money and a great central location....

Faro Reviews

Holiday Date:31st Jul 2017
Accommodation:Faro Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Faro has something for everyone. Great bars, excellent food and a stunning beach only 15 minutes away.

Holiday Date:21st Jul 2017
Accommodation:Eva Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin - Marina View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Great atmosphere in old Faro.

Holiday Date:5th Apr 2017
Accommodation:Faro Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Great place for a weekend break. Lovely old town to walk around. Some good places to eat and drink at reasonable prices.

Holiday Date:25th Feb 2017
Accommodation:Faro Hotel
Room:Classic Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Faro is compact and quiet. There are plenty of bars and lots of great places to eat and on the whole, is a friendly town. There are a few hills but they aren't steep. Faro is useful as a hub for travelling around the local area. There is a bus station and a train station. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Albufeira by bus and is quite a nice journey along the coast. The journey from the airport to Faro by bus is about 15 minutes. The tourist bus trip around Faro is worth the moeney to help you get your bearings and the old, walled, town is lovely. The main square was ringed with orange trees full of fruit - and this was February! The locals we met were friendly and, thankfully, their English was much better than my Portuguese. A great destination for a quiet break.

Holiday Date:25th Feb 2017
Accommodation:Faro Hotel
Room:Classic Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Faro is small and compact but it has a very friendly feel. There are plenty of good places to eat and drink. It is a useful hub if you wish to travel around the area, having a bus station and a train station. We were able to catch a bus to Albufeira from Faro and spent some time there. The land train is very useful in giving you an idea of the layout of the town. The tourist office is down by the marina and you can pick up a local map as well as local guides. The lady on duty when we were there was very helpful. The locals are friendly and most speak very good English. The only downside, for me, was the hills but that is due to a medical issue. The hills aren't steep but as you go further into the town, away from the marina, you are going uphill all the way. Had the same issue in Albufeira, to be fair. I would happily go back.

Holiday Date:20th Apr 2016
Accommodation:Eva Hotel
Room:Superior Room
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Faro in my opinion is an awesome destination for a break and would suit the lifestyle of many. The locals are friendly and there is so much to do and see. The atmosphere on the local streets is one of calm and relaxing as the locals are very friendly and accommodating. Excellent public transport links. We traveled around Portugal using both the bus services and trains.<br />

Holiday Date:23rd Dec 2015
Accommodation:Eva Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin
Board:Half Board
(3 suns)

Nice place to visit for a view days - not much going on but great place to chill and relax. Also easy to get around by bus/train if you wish.

Holiday Date:21st Jun 2015
Accommodation:Monaco Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Faro was very pretty, quiet in the evenings but lovely and relaxed atmosphere.

Holiday Date:18th Oct 2014
Accommodation:Eva Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Lovely old town, much more than just an airport. Lots of small restaurants serving delicious food.

Holiday Date:20th Aug 2013
Accommodation:Eva Hotel
Room:Classic Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Nice place to stay for couples and lots of interesting places to visit. No beach but plenty of boats or buses to take you to the nearest ones.

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Beaches

The beaches round Faro are known as ilhas and Faro's main beach, Ilha de Faro is accessible by road or by ferry so you really can make a day of it. It is a very long stretch of golden sand with plenty of cafes and restaurants for refreshments throughout the day. A range of watersports such as windsurfing, jet skiing and sailing is also available from here.

Another one of Faro's beaches, the Ilha da Barreta is only accessible by a 30 minute ferry ride which passes through the Ria Formosa nature park. There are sunbeds for hire and you can buy drinks at the restaurant. As it is the only restaurant here, you may want to book if you are planning to have a meal.

Curving round the coastline, you will find the Ilha Deserta, directly in front of Faro city, which is accessible from several points by ferry or water taxi. As it is part of the National Park, you can explore the nature trail which is accessible from the beach. There are flamingos and a whole host of other things to see. The beach is large and there are plenty of umbrellas for sheltering from the sun and snacks are available too.

Things to Do

There is so much going on in the capital city, there are many great shops, tons of cafes, bars and restaurants, lots of historical attractions and of course, the Ria Formosa nature reserve.

For those interested in history, there is plenty to see here and with the city being quite compact, everything is generally within easy walking distance. Check out Faro Cathedral and its beautiful gilded carvings and 13th century tile work. Although a little creepy, you must visit the Chapel of Bones. The chapel is decorated with the skulls of over 1000 deceased monks and sometimes, if the temperature is right, the skulls can look as though they are sweating.

The 30,000 seater stadium is home to many sporting events and music concerts, you may just be lucky enough to attend one of many concerts during your stay.

Faro is very important in the sporting world and plays host to many different events and tournaments throughout the year, including sailing, surfing, kitesurfing, golf, tennis and cycling.

As well as many sporting events, there are also many festivals going on, such as Carnival which is usually around February/March and then there is the International Music Festival which takes place in late April or early May. No matter what time of year you choose to visit Faro, the chances are there will be lots going on.

Out and About

With such a great variety of bars, cafes and restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice. Enjoy a drink down at the marina whilst enjoying the view or venture into the town centre for refreshments at one of the many pavement cafes. If you like seafood, you may want to visit Dois Irmaos, the oldest restaurant in Faro. It opened in 1925 and has been serving some great seafood dishes ever since. There are some more expensive restaurants to be found overlooking the beach but in the centre of town you will find a variety of restaurants to suit a variety of prices.

There are lots of traditional, quiet bars but also plenty of lively bars on offer and with Faro being a university town, there are lots of nightclubs on offer so whatever you are looking for, it will no doubt be here.

Shops are great here too, there is a good sized shopping mall on the main road or if you prefer smaller, traditional shops then head into the town centre and you will find a good variety.

Nearby Attractions

There are lots of places worth visiting while you are staying in Faro and Quarteira is one of them. Quarteira is a lively town with busy fish market and pretty seafront. You may even enjoy haggling at the gypsy market for clothes, shoes and various handicrafts.

Tavira is also worth a visit, famous for its Roman Bridge over the River Gilao, you can enjoy spending time just wandering round and admiring the old Algarve architecture. You can also take a short ferry ride to the beach here which may be a little quieter than the beaches in Faro.

For keen golfers, there are around 6 great golf courses within 30 minutes of the centre of Faro. The courses are among the best in Europe so not only can you enjoy the great weather whilst playing, you can also enjoy the great views of the ocean and the surrounding countryside.

Not far from Faro, you will find Atlantic Park with huge water coasters and various other water rides. The park is set in subtropical gardens so you can enjoy the surroundings whilst enjoying the rides. It's a great day out for everyone and you will be able to grab lunch there too.

Zoo Marine in Guia is also a great day out, offering many different attractions and activities and even the opportunity to swim with dolphins. The park can get busy so it is advisable to pre book the dolphin experience.

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