The Algarve is the hottest tourist destination in Portugal and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in all of Europe. Visitors flocking to this coastal region come for the golden beaches that stretch for over 100 miles, from their western-most tip to the country's shared border with Spain.
Whether your idea of heaven is soaking up in the sun on the beaches of Albufeira, touring a charming fishing village or visiting the weekly crafts fair in LoulÃ©, Algarve offers a wealth of diverse and interesting activities. Ebookers can help you book the holiday of your dreams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Hop on a 4x4 quad and ride through some of the most hard-to-reach but beautiful Algarve terrain.
The surfers of tomorrow and the ones who have their sea legs today can learn the best moves at this famous surfing school.
The red and white cliffs on this gorgeous beach are worth the trip alone.
Tee off on one of the most famous, classic golf courses in the Algarve.
You'll have the best seat in the house touring the countryside on horseback via this riding academy.
Cool off from the brutal, summer heat at this famous water amusement park loaded with slides.
Check out the historic, seaside cliffs that are located at the southern-most point in Europe.
Algarve Racing, Portimao
Zoom around in top race cars at this famous track.
Chill out and relax at this peaceful spa in Alvor. Make sure you book in advance.
Windy seas and sunny skies make this the perfect beach for sunbathers and surfers alike.
Scope out the seals and the dolphins at this aquarium/theme park that's on a mission to save local sea life.
This hidden walking trail in the inner Algarve is unknown to most visitors but well-loved by the locals for its natural beauty.
Enjoy 70s and 80s music while knocking back beers at this local favourite in Albufeira.
Enjoy a quiet seafood meal for one or two while enjoying the sea view at this restaurant in Sagres.
Get up early in the morning in this tiny spa village in order to sample freshly baked bread.
The Algarve's year-round beautiful weather is one of its biggest draws, so people tend to visit year-round. Temperatures range between 15Â°C and 30Â°C for most of the year. Winter temperatures rarely fall below 0Â°C. Summer temperatures are hottest in August and September, with temperatures often reaching 30Â°C in the shade and as high as 40Â°C in the sun. Come in February to see LoulÃ©'s famous Mardi Gras festivities. If you're coming to visit one of the region's famous golf courses like the San Lorenzo Golf Course in Quinto do Lago, you can visit any time of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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