Faro Holidays

Faro

Your Faro holiday

Due to the Ria Formosa’s location and diverse ecology, many early human occupants migrated to the area of Algarve. One of the first settlements to arise from the here was Ossonoba, a crucial town during the Roman occupation that developed into modern-day Faro.

The Visigoths lived here from the 3rd century BCE until the Moors took over in the 8th century. At this time, Faro was the most important port city in the region. The town took on the name Harun, which is where the current name Faro gets its name.

In 1249, the Moors’ reign ended with the defeat of King Alfonso III in 1249, when the region became part of Portuguese territory.

The city thrived as the economic port city of the Algarve region, and in 1596 the Earl of Essex invaded the town and captured the library of the Bishop of Faro. The books taken were later relocated in the University of Oxford’s library.

Despite its prominence, Faro did not become capital in the area until after the 1755 earthquake destroyed nearby Lagos. Faro was protected from a destructive tsunami by the sand banks of Ria Formosa lagoon.

Today, Faro has established itself as the primary location in the region with an international airport built in 1965 and prominent educational institutions like the University of the Algarve and the Music Regional College.

Due to its rich art and culture as well as its agreeable climate and location, Faro has developed a strong tourist economy.

The warm months are the best time to spend a weekend in Faro, a historic and attractive beach destination on Portugal´s southern coast.

Visitors can choose between great shopping locations, reading in street-side cafes, visiting some of the famous monuments, or taking a water taxi to some of the various islands and their picturesque beaches.

So don´t wait and book the next flight to Faro before it is too late.

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Eva Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 13 reviews
Hotel Eva in Faro is the ideal choice for your business or leisure purposes. It is located down town Faro, overlooking the harbour and Ria Formosa Natural Park. The hotel location's provides easy access to the city's historical and commercial centre. Just a short driveway is Faro International Airport and some of the famous Algarvian beaches. It features free Wi-Fi internet in guest rooms and public areas, free access to the Health club (gym, sauna, group classes) and outdoor swimming pool. It is the ideal location for business trips, city short breaks, longer holidays or simply a overnight stay close to the airport.The Hotel also provides Airport transfer,baby sitting service,banquet facilities,bar,business centre,conference facilities,disabled facilities,dry cleaning,gym/fitness facilities,internet access-high speed and wireless, internet kiosk,laundry service,lift/elevator,lobby,non-smoking rooms,reception,restaurant,room service,safe deposit box,smoke-free hotel and swimming pool-outdoor(summer only). Please note that access to the Health Club and Spa is exclusive to over 16 years old guests. Free Wi-Fi internet service has limited speed.
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Santa Maria Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews
The Hotel Santa Maria is one of the oldest hotels in the city of Faro. This excellent 3 star hotel offers great service and located in the city and is close to shopping, restaurants and all the major historical and cultural sights. Great road access allows quick and easy access to bus terminals, railway station, access to the motorway A22 (Via do Infante) and only 10 minutes drive from Faro International Airport. It offers covered parking within 50 meters of the unit (subject to charge). The Hotel has 60 rooms over 5 floors including a Junior Suite and 1 room adapted for physically disabled or difficulties. A Restaurant, Lobby Bar, Coffee Shop and Snack bar complete the offer of services. The reception of the Hotel can give you all the information you need to complement your stay whether it is for cultural activities, recreational sports or even arrange for car or bike rental. You can also get a ticket for the boat to Ria Formosa Park Islands, available for an additional cost.
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Hotel Faro

4 stars
4.3 / 5 8 reviews
Hotel Faro has 90 comfortable and modern designed rooms, including 3 suites, the Panoramic Restaurante Ria Formosa, bar and a terrace, located on the top floor of the building that provides a beautiful sight over Ria Formosa and the historical part of the city. The hotel is located in the city centre of Faro, near the commercial and the historical area. The hotel offers services for both business travellers and tourists. For your business, Faro Hotel has 2 conference rooms available: Farol and Deserta for up to 165 people. In the basement, there's a garage for 70 cars, perfect for those guests who arrive by car. Centrally located makes the hotel suitable for every occasion, in the city centre of Faro, facing the marina, near the commercial and the historical area. Offers services for business travellers and tourists. 90 modern designed rooms, Panoramic Restaurant, bar and terrace, located on the top floor that provides a beautiful sight over Ria Formosa and the city. Shuttle Boat to the Desert Island in Summer from June to September, the hotel offers the possibility to buy at special price a catamaran trip to Desert Island, where you can spend a day sunbathing on the beach or discovering local bird life. Daily shuttle boat, departing from Faro at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00 and 16:15 respectively.
Value Non Refundable 30 days
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BEST WESTERN Hotel Dom Bernardo

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews
Centrally located in the capital city of Faro, BEST WESTERN Hotel Dom Bernardo is just ten minutes from the bus and train stations and a short drive to the International Airport. Our services include complimentary Wi-Fi in all areas, fax and photocopying services, excursion information and bookings, laundry facilities, 24 hour reception and lobby bar, bilingual staff and internet kiosk in the lobby. The air-conditioned rooms feature a simple interior with wooden furniture and tiled floors. All rooms have Plasma TV, cable television with 69 channels, mini-bar, safe, blackout curtains, private bathroom. Complimentary Wi-Fi, windows that open, ample closet space and daily housekeeping service. Views are overlooking the city or the Ria Formosa. Each morning we serve a buffet breakfast including homemade cake, a variety of breads, jams, yogurts, cereals, cold cuts, cheeses, butters, juices, coffee and tea. Many restaurants and bars are within walking distance and guests can play a relaxing game of snooker in the bar area.
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Pousada de Faro - Estoi Palace Hotel

5 stars
4.7 / 5
The Pousada de Estoi is set in the old 19th century Estoi Palace, which used to belong to the Viscount of Estoi, Jos Francisco da Silva. The palace took 20 years to build and in May 1909 a huge party was thrown in the gardens to celebrate the inauguration. After the Viscounts death, the palace remained in the family until 1987, at which time it was acquired by Faro Municipal Council. Besides the main building, the tea pavilions and Versailles-style gardens are still being renovated.The Palcio de Estoi is a new Pousada de Portugal since May'09, a project signed by Gonalo Byrne, a famous portugues architect.
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Residencial Alfonso Iii

3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews
This family-run hotel is welcoming and enjoys a very good location. DDS 03/09. This is a typical Portuguese complex, very well refurbished. This hotel is ideally located in the city center of Faro, close to the marina. All shops, restaurants, bars and places of interest are within walking distance.
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Faro Lounge

3 stars
Not yet reviewed
It has seven rooms available, four bathrooms, and two lounge areas where you can relax. Have a drink, listen to music, watch a film projection, read books and magazines, play games or just chat with the other guests, use the free Internet access, personal lockers in the rooms, free maps, touristy info and guides, laundry service, mini bar plus free coffee and tea all day. Facilities and Services include Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, internet, WI - FI, Payphone, Car Parking, Fax/Photocopy Service, Meeting Room, TV Lounge, DVD and Library, Board Games, TV, DVD Player, Hair Dryer, Air Conditioning, Iron and Ironing Board, DDS 02/10 Traditional building. This Guesthouse is located in the most historical area of Faro, Algarve. You will find pedestrian streets to have lovely long walks, restaurants, cafes, plenty of open spaces, shops, supermarkets, tourism info spot and so much more...It is also close to the main transport (bus, tram and taxis), the best night life area - Faro
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Monaco

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
This is a very nice property, in a very quiet location. DDS 04/09 The exterior of this hotel is very well refurbished, it's a modern complex, big windows and terraces, space for car parking, and a nice outdoor swimming pool. Located in Montenegro, 2 km from the International Airport of Faro and 3 km from the city centre.
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Monte Do Casal

4 stars
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Beautiful eighteenth-century hotel in an area of protected beautyA beautiful eighteenth-century hotel, Monte do Casal is located in a protected area of natural beauty. Breakfast is served each morning on the guests' private terraces while lunch or evening meals can be taken in the gourmet restaurant. Relax on the nearby beach, where parasols and sun loungers are provided for a fee, or try the outdoor heated swimming pool, gym, and hot tub. In winter, the wood-paneling and open-log fires of the lounge bar offer a cozy retreat, and in summer, the Pine Lake pool with its romantic waterfall is an ideal place to relax. 3 Reasons To Stay:Live entertainment four evenings a week by talented musicians, including classical guitarist Eudoro Grade Relaxing breakfast on a private terrace offering beautiful views of the unspoiled countryside The natural beauty of the protected preservation area in which the hotel is located Monte do Casal RoomsPerched on a hill, the whitewashed villa-style complex perfectly complements the tropical beauty of the landscape. The hotel has 18 rooms spread over two floors. The large south-facing rooms have wonderful views of the gardens and the unspoiled countryside. French windows lead on to the private terrace, where a luxury continental breakfast is served each morning. The en-suite bathrooms are decorated with white marble and fine wall tiles, and contain a separate bath and shower. Choose from twin/double rooms, junior suites, or suites. The waterfall suite offers the utmost comfort with its beautiful traditional cane roof, providing a touch of authenticity. It includes a luxurious hydro massage bath and a wonderful terrace with stunning views of the Portuguese countryside. Things To Do:Ruinas de Milreu (1.5 mi/2.41 km) Algarve Stadium (5 mi/8 km) City Centre (5 mi/8 km) Forum Algarve Shopping Centre (5 mi/8 km) Ria Formosa Nature Reserve (7mi/11.2 km) Praia de Garrao (9 mi/14.84 km) Aquashow (10 mi/16 km) Cerro de Vila Roman Ruins (13 mi/20.92 km) Policies and feesRates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rates may change throughout stay. Rates may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz
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Sao Sebastiao de Boliqueime Hotel Algarve

3 stars
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The Hotel Sao Sebastiao in Boliqueime is a modern building, with a tranquil and family atmosphere. Situated in the heart of Algarve, in Boliqueime. Rooms: 24 rooms available equipped with bathroom with shower, bath and hair dryer, Internet access free, mini-bar, air conditioning and heating, telephone, satellite TV (flat screen tv) and alarm clock service. The facilities: TV room, lift, private garage, car park, safe in reception, bar, breakfast room, interior patio and esplanade and outdoor swimming pool. The Hotel is adapted for the disabled. Guests can start their day with a buffet breakfast on the patio before exploring the local area. Guests can also swim in the outdoor pool, make use of the games room and high-speed Internet connection or chat over drinks in the bar. Other amenities include bicycle hire, laundry facilities and garage parking. The picturesque village of Boliqueime features traditional rural Portuguese buildings with small shops and a central church set in a cobbled square, which are 100 meters from the hotel. The closest beach is six kilometers away (Vilamoura) and the lively holiday resort of Albufeira with its beaches, shops and restaurants is eight kilometers away. Faro Airport is 25 kilometers away, with an approximate driving time to the hotel of 30 minutes. Breakfast included.
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Nightly rates from £46.57
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Hotels

Faro Hotels

Nightly rates from £67.05

Eva Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 13 reviews
Hotel Eva in Faro is the ideal choice for your business or leisure purposes. It is located down town Faro, overlooking the harbour and Ria Formosa Natural Park. The hotel location's provides easy access to the city's historical and commercial centre. Just a short driveway is Faro International Airport and some of the famous Algarvian beaches. It features free Wi-Fi internet in guest rooms and public areas, free access to the Health club (gym, sauna, group classes) and outdoor swimming pool. It is the ideal location for business trips, city short breaks, longer holidays or simply a overnight stay close to the airport.The Hotel also provides Airport transfer,baby sitting service,banquet facilities,bar,business centre,conference facilities,disabled facilities,dry cleaning,gym/fitness facilities,internet access-high speed and wireless, internet kiosk,laundry service,lift/elevator,lobby,non-smoking rooms,reception,restaurant,room service,safe deposit box,smoke-free hotel and swimming pool-outdoor(summer only). Please note that access to the Health Club and Spa is exclusive to over 16 years old guests. Free Wi-Fi internet service has limited speed.
Value Free Wi-Fi
Nightly rates from £39.90

Santa Maria Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews
The Hotel Santa Maria is one of the oldest hotels in the city of Faro. This excellent 3 star hotel offers great service and located in the city and is close to shopping, restaurants and all the major historical and cultural sights. Great road access allows quick and easy access to bus terminals, railway station, access to the motorway A22 (Via do Infante) and only 10 minutes drive from Faro International Airport. It offers covered parking within 50 meters of the unit (subject to charge). The Hotel has 60 rooms over 5 floors including a Junior Suite and 1 room adapted for physically disabled or difficulties. A Restaurant, Lobby Bar, Coffee Shop and Snack bar complete the offer of services. The reception of the Hotel can give you all the information you need to complement your stay whether it is for cultural activities, recreational sports or even arrange for car or bike rental. You can also get a ticket for the boat to Ria Formosa Park Islands, available for an additional cost.
Value Book at least 30 days & Save 10%
Nightly rates from £70.99

Hotel Faro

4 stars
4.3 / 5 8 reviews
Hotel Faro has 90 comfortable and modern designed rooms, including 3 suites, the Panoramic Restaurante Ria Formosa, bar and a terrace, located on the top floor of the building that provides a beautiful sight over Ria Formosa and the historical part of the city. The hotel is located in the city centre of Faro, near the commercial and the historical area. The hotel offers services for both business travellers and tourists. For your business, Faro Hotel has 2 conference rooms available: Farol and Deserta for up to 165 people. In the basement, there's a garage for 70 cars, perfect for those guests who arrive by car. Centrally located makes the hotel suitable for every occasion, in the city centre of Faro, facing the marina, near the commercial and the historical area. Offers services for business travellers and tourists. 90 modern designed rooms, Panoramic Restaurant, bar and terrace, located on the top floor that provides a beautiful sight over Ria Formosa and the city. Shuttle Boat to the Desert Island in Summer from June to September, the hotel offers the possibility to buy at special price a catamaran trip to Desert Island, where you can spend a day sunbathing on the beach or discovering local bird life. Daily shuttle boat, departing from Faro at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00 and 16:15 respectively.
Value Non Refundable 30 days
Nightly rates from £38.57

BEST WESTERN Hotel Dom Bernardo

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews
Centrally located in the capital city of Faro, BEST WESTERN Hotel Dom Bernardo is just ten minutes from the bus and train stations and a short drive to the International Airport. Our services include complimentary Wi-Fi in all areas, fax and photocopying services, excursion information and bookings, laundry facilities, 24 hour reception and lobby bar, bilingual staff and internet kiosk in the lobby. The air-conditioned rooms feature a simple interior with wooden furniture and tiled floors. All rooms have Plasma TV, cable television with 69 channels, mini-bar, safe, blackout curtains, private bathroom. Complimentary Wi-Fi, windows that open, ample closet space and daily housekeeping service. Views are overlooking the city or the Ria Formosa. Each morning we serve a buffet breakfast including homemade cake, a variety of breads, jams, yogurts, cereals, cold cuts, cheeses, butters, juices, coffee and tea. Many restaurants and bars are within walking distance and guests can play a relaxing game of snooker in the bar area.
Nightly rates from £76.84

Pousada de Faro - Estoi Palace Hotel

5 stars
4.7 / 5
The Pousada de Estoi is set in the old 19th century Estoi Palace, which used to belong to the Viscount of Estoi, Jos Francisco da Silva. The palace took 20 years to build and in May 1909 a huge party was thrown in the gardens to celebrate the inauguration. After the Viscounts death, the palace remained in the family until 1987, at which time it was acquired by Faro Municipal Council. Besides the main building, the tea pavilions and Versailles-style gardens are still being renovated.The Palcio de Estoi is a new Pousada de Portugal since May'09, a project signed by Gonalo Byrne, a famous portugues architect.
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Flights

Flights to Faro

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Faro Tue, 6 May - Thu, 8 May £61
Liverpool Faro Thu, 8 May - Thu, 15 May £61
Birmingham Faro Thu, 15 May - Thu, 22 May £70
Manchester Faro Wed, 7 May - Fri, 9 May £61
Doncaster Faro Sun, 27 Apr - Sun, 4 May Check rates
Bristol Faro Sun, 8 Jun - Wed, 11 Jun £67
Exeter Faro Mon, 5 May - Sat, 10 May £128
Belfast Faro Sun, 18 May - Wed, 21 May £113
Newcastle Upon Tyne Faro Wed, 23 Apr - Wed, 30 Apr £125
Glasgow Faro Mon, 12 May - Wed, 14 May £69
Southampton Faro Sat, 26 Apr - Sat, 3 May £149
Barcelona Faro Tue, 22 Apr - Sun, 27 Apr £212
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Faro highlights

  • Spend a Day at the Ria Formosa

    This natural reserve is a popular destination for most holiday vacationers. Boat trips leave from the old town dock in Faro and take around two to three hours as they show off the lagoon’s unique landscape in between Faro and the Spanish border. Boats also stop off on one of the islands that are actually dunes piled up by tidal changes. The trips are open daily, with prices determined by the season.

    Go to the Beach

    Beautiful sandy beaches are perhaps Faro’s biggest tourist magnet. Located on the south-western side of the city, just off the coast on the Faro Island, the Praia, or Faro Beach is the best spot in the Algarve region. The beach is characterized by seafront and lagoon varieties, and abundant restaurants and gift shops make it a comfortable tourist destination. Visitors can also take a summer ferry to more secluded beaches through the marshlands to the picturesque Ilha da Culetra and Ilha Deserta.

    Sit Down to a Drink at Faro Harbour

    The harbour front features much of Faro’s nightlife, daytime lounging, and gastronomic pleasures. Visitors can soak up sun and lots of drinks in one of the cafes or bars along the water. This is a great place for people and fancy boat-watching. Those looking for an evening stroll can also walk the promenade with many other tourists and locals.

    Take a Hike in the Serra de Monchique

    Located in the western region of Algarve, the Serra de Monchique mountain chain is just 90 kilometres from Faro. Visitors can spend a little more and rent a car, or they can take one of the regular local buses that make daily trips. The area has numerous different hiking trails, yet the main attraction might be the Monchique town itself. Visitors can shop around the different artisan stands and the local market. For total relaxation, head to the Caldas de Monchique health spa and thermal waters nearby.

Top Faro attractions

  • Faro

    Visit Faro´s Old Town

    Cobblestone streets, a cathedral and other antique buildings near the town´s main square make for a pleasant trip back to the past. The cathedral is said to be built in the same place as a Roman temple, a Moorish mosque, and a Visigoth church. The famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção was built in the 16th century. Guests will also pass under the Acro da Vila, which is a baroque entrance to the old town.

    Visit old architectural wonders

    The most impressive church in Faro is the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo and its Chapel of the Bones. The baroque church and its two towers are impeccably symmetric, and the inside features gold ornaments from Brazil. The Chapel of Bones made from bones of monks from the 19th century captures the attention of most visitors. The purpose of the construction was to provide people with a perspective of a mortal life, and encourage them to live a life free of sin.

    Municipal Museum

    This museum is actually inside the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção and provides all the necessary historical evidence from the region. The building was a bit battered after a large earthquake in 1755, but it has since been restored. Some attractions include Moorish artefacts, Portuguese furnishings and ceramics, and ancient paintings. The main attraction is the charcoal drawing done by legendary artist Paul Gaugin.

    Museu Maritimo

    The Museu Maritimo sits in one of the most beautiful parts of Faro alongside the harbour, city gardens, trendy cafes, and ritzy yachts. The museum itself is not particularly large, but it is very informative. Visitors can learn about the local historical fishing techniques and see model boats, naval ships, and other interesting Portuguese maritime artefacts. The Rua Comandante Franciso Manuel is close by and has a great walkway between the city walls and beachfront.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

     

Faro holiday travel tips

  • Public transportation

    Faro has a strong public transportation system that transports tourists throughout the Algarve region. You can take EVA buses, trains, and even water taxis to some of the more remote and beautiful beach destinations.

    Airport Services

    The Faro International Airport is located just 6 kilometres away from the city centre. Guests can rent cars and pick them up directly at the airport, or take a taxi for about €8. The more scenic way to and from the airport is by train or bus.

    Train or Bus

    The train offers a relaxed and quiet trip directly to the centre of Faro. Visitors can take this bus from the capital city of Lisboa by way of the Alfa Pendular. The trip lasts around three hours and prices range between €20 – 28. In the case of buses, EVA transports provides service in and around the surrounding areas of Faro. The best bet is to ride one of the urban trains to get in and around town.

    Car Hire

    Faro car hire is fairly popular because some great destinations lie outside the reach of common public transportation. Most of the main car rental companies are in Faro Airport, and have clear signs once outside of the airport arrival hall.

Where to stay in Faro

  • For a comfortable and modern stay, try the Hotel Faro. This hotel has a combination of new and contemporary rooms along with suites, a restaurant, bar and a spectacular terrace that overlooks the Ria Formosa and old town historical section. The hotel is also located just blocks away from the major historical tourist sites.

    Those looking for the ultimate lodging escape can find solace in the Monte do Casal hotel, formerly an 18th century home placed in an incredible garden with lakes and waterfalls. The hotel lies just outside of the small town of Estoi, and has a renowned restaurant, tranquil spa, a botanical garden, and two outdoor heated swimming pools. This place has a unique vibe that is most present during relaxed dinner party evenings.

    For an affordable yet comfortable option, many tourists flock to the São Sebastião de Boliqueime Hotel Algarve. This hotel is in a modern facility and is perfect for a more economic family atmosphere. Located in Boliqueime, the hotel has a bar, a breakfast spot, and an outdoor swimming pool. Each room is also equipped with satellite TV, Internet access, and heating and air conditioning.

    The cosy Hotel Santa Maria is located in a renovated building smack in the centre of Faro. The rooms have all of the basics (television, telephone, Internet, and a safe). The friendly staff provides reception desk service 24 hours a day.

    For more information about choosing an appropriate hotel in Faro check out other options online.

Faro restaurants

  • For some of the finest food in the region, many tourists visit Monte Do Casal (Cerro do Lobo, Estoi). Located in a beautiful antique country house, this restaurant offers the ultimate relaxing setting and great French cuisine. Popular dishes include the Medley of Salmon, Smoked Swordfish, or the Duo of Quail’s eggs on Bubble with Hollandaise sauce. Desserts include various flambé sides, and call to see if the live guitarist is playing.

    Feast on great local food at Flôr da Ameixa (Lagos e Relvas, Alface). This restaurant is just outside of Estoi and has great service, affordable prices, and some of the best grilled fish and meat in the region. With a laidback décor, tourists share their dining experience with local regulars. Great dishes to try include the Chicken Piri Piri with potato chips and the famous grilled pork.

    For the local spin on ethnic cuisine, try Marrakech (Escanaxinas, Almancil). Serving typical Moroccan food, this restaurant has a fancy and intimate atmosphere, which is great for a romantic evening. The interior has incredible colours, tiles, and mosaics to provide the authentic setting, as belly dancers entertain. One favourite dish is the chicken and almond Pastille, followed by a mint tea for dessert.

    A relaxed restaurant not too far out of town is the O’ Pescador (Praia da Falesia). This attractive spot has great seafood dishes with al fresco dining. The crustacean platter is mouth-watering, or try local favourite like the Cataplana. The great food and romantic setting make it a good date place.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Hygiene

    Yellow fever vaccinations are required for travellers over one year old who are coming from an endemic area such as central Africa or northern South America. Water is drinkable but has a bad taste of chlorine. Good options are Luso and Pedra bottled water.

    Accidents or Health Problems

    The health infrastructure varies. Some parts of the country have completely non-existent facilities, while most of the main towns have sophisticated and developed services. It is recommended to ask the local Social Security centre for a European Health Insurance Card.

    In case of emergency, call 112. Some good local clinics include Santa Maria Hospital (21) 780 50 00 or Saint-Louis hospital (21) 321 65 00.

    Safety and Security

    Crime has recently increased in many larger Portuguese towns. Tourists should take care in the districts of Alfama, la Baixa, Bairro Alto, and St George’s. It is advised not to walk alone at night, or to have many expensive items like jewellery on your person. Do not leave personal belongings in parked vehicles and do not walk on the beach at night. Make photocopies of all important travel documents in the case they get lost.

    Transportation systems in Portugal are safe, but if you hire a car beware of undisciplined drivers. Drug possession is punishable by law, and it is good to know that southern Portugal has a moderate risk of earthquakes.

    The Atlantic Ocean can be pretty wild at time, with strong currents and crashing waves a potential risk for weak swimmers. Stick to supervised beaches and look out for any warning flags planted on the beach.

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