When to fly
Faro is always packed with sun worshippers in summer, especially during July and August. As a favoured family destination, the beaches are busy with people booking flights to Faro for the half-term breaks in spring, autumn and around Easter. Liberation Day is celebrated on the night of the 24th April with music and festivities which carry on to the 25th.
An International folklore festival, FolkFaro, is held in August, which sees a variety of entertainment throughout the streets of Faro.
During the first two weeks of September, the Festas do Concelho / Comemorações do Dia da Cidade commemorates the time in history when Faro was given city status. This is celebrated through sports events, concerts and exhibitions.
The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn (excluding the school half-term weeks) are great times to look for cheap flights to Faro. The weather is still warm, and there are fewer tourists. For a late autumn or early winter (October to early December) visit, make sure to bring rain gear.
Why visit Faro?
Take a flight to Faro and see the gateway to the Algarve which is a long stretch of soft, golden beaches, shimmering blue seas and almost endless sunshine. The Algarve's popularity with tourists ensures great competition among airlines and there is no shortage of cheap flights to Faro.
Things to plan and see once you have booked your flight to Faro, the Ria Formosa is a large lagoon system protected from the sea by 37 miles of beaches and sand dunes. The natural park - pink flamingos are a highlight - is made up of two peninsulas and five barrier islands. As far as Faro is concerned, this region includes the Ancao peninsula and Barreta and Culatra islands. Praia de Faro and Praia da Culatra are two of the most popular beaches. In the summertime, there is a regular boat service to Culatra.
Other sites include Faro Harbour where you can watch the fishermen at work, the cathedral and museums - municipal and maritime. The Arco da Vila archway marks the entrance to Faro's Old Town, an atmospheric quarter with shops and restaurants.
If culture is what you’re after pay a visit to the sublime Archaeological Museum, housed in a 16th-century convent. If you’re feeling brave, walk under the cloisters and inspect the gargoyles. Continuing the spooky theme, Carmo Church in Largo do Carmel has a ghoulish Chapel of Bones. Its walls and ceiling are covered with the bones and skulls of monks’ bodies removed from the cemetery in 1816.
Driven by Faro’s student population, Rua Conselheiro Bivar and Rua Infante Dom Henrique, and the narrow alleys that branch off them, are the places to party. There are dozens of bars and clubs in this area. Galeria Bar Patrimonio on Rua do Prior, Bar dos Arcos on Travessa dos Arcos and Cruzeiro on Largo da Madalena are all worth checking out. Head down to the main shopping area, which is in the heart of town along the Rua Santo Antonio and the Rua Francisco Gomes to pick up some great bargains.