Faro Travel Guide

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Faro is the capital of the Algarve district in Portugal and there are many activities and sights detailed in this Faro travel guide. Since its inception during the Palaeolithic age the town has changed hands many times from the Romans to the Moors and even Arabs, which produces an eclectic history and culture.

The Weather

The climate is quite warm as it is subtropical and in the Mediterranean. The summers are very warm and the cooler months are mild. The rainy season is during the winter as it rarely rains during the summer. The sea is a balmy 73 degrees in the summer, making it a great temperature to take a dip.

Getting There

You can easily reach Faro by car, plane or train. The high speed, Alpha Pendular, runs from Faro to Lisbon and there is an airport at Faro. The best way to rent a car is to set it up before you arrive, otherwise you will find the prices to be expensive-- particularly when booking at the airport. The roads in the city can be busy but a car is best if you plan on exploring farther afield.

Main Activities

The Old City is an excellent slice of history as the buildings are of Moorish and 18th century Portuguese design. The streets are all cobblestone and the modern world has not made it to this section. A great nature reserve, Rio Formosa, is right on the tip of Portugal and can be reached by boat. The best beach is Praia de Faro which is never crowded even during the high season. It stretches for seven km. The Jewish Heritage Center details the Jewish presence in the country as most fled during the Inquisition. This center features more than 100 graves made of engraved slabs in the Sephardi style.

Accommodation Choices

If you are looking for a place to stay then there are many short-term apartments available as well as some package deals available from hotels. You can even get a room with a local family. If you are visiting during the peak season you need to book far in advance.

Wine

The wine made in this area is very rich and fruity red. You can visit many of the small boutique wineries that produce excellent wines. A few well-known wineries include Vida Nove, Barranco Longo, Quinta do Morgado da Torre, Monte de Casteleja, Quinta dos Vales and Adega do Contor. The area has recently received an influx of popularity and contains four DOC regions; Lagoa, Portimao, Lagos and Tavira.

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