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Although Faro is the capital of the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, the city is greatly underestimated among tourists. It has everything for a classic holiday: well-groomed parks and squares, the historical center, a wide selection of cafes and restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a varied cultural holiday. And anyone can go to sea directly from the local yacht club.
Faro Airport is the main airport that serves the southern part of Portugal and the popular tourist region of the Algarve. It is very close to Faro. And from here you can quickly get to other resort towns of the coast. In the summer season there is literally no place to step, but in winter there is practically no one. Nevertheless, there are all the amenities that allow you to quickly go through all customs controls and get a sufficient level of comfort even in the high season. And if hitching does happen, it is often the fault of numerous low-costs and their rules.
A Próximo bus goes directly from the airport to the center of Faro. It’s very easy to find a stop — it’s almost in front of the terminal. The trip will take about 20 minutes if there are no traffic jams. You can buy a bus ticket right from the driver, it will cost you 2.25 euros.
You can also take a taxi from Faro Airport. This is especially true in the morning or evening hours, when the intervals between bus departures can be up to an hour. The cost is relatively small — 10-15 euros.
Faro is an incredible city with many wonders, beauty and culture. But this is often overlooked by tourists, many of whom get to Faro Airport on their way to another place. Although let's be honest: this is one of the best cities in Portugal, which requires attention.
If you want to plunge into the Portuguese past, start exploring Faro from the Old Town. This part is perfectly preserved. Here is a harbor built in the style of Moorish architecture of the 18th century. There is also an excavation site in the Old Town, where the remains of a prehistoric settlement are visible, which were captured in turn by the Romans and the Moors. At the same time, younger architecture intervened here: Baroque, Gothic and others. Although the center was destroyed many times during a long history during wars and natural disasters, Faro was reconstructed every time and brought the authentic beauty to our days.
This 13th-century Roman Catholic Cathedral is one of the city’s main historical sites. Here you can spend hours examining a variety of statues, carvings, and other works of art from the 17th and 18th centuries. In fact, this is the largest collection of Catholic art of the time in the entire region. So you should not consider this attraction exclusively as a religious value.
Of course, tourists can climb the tower of the cathedral, which offers breathtaking views of the "southern capital" of Portugal.
When visiting Portugal, be sure to take the opportunity to try local seafood. Soups are also very popular here. They are eaten even in the strongest heat. Among the most important dishes that you should try in Faro:
Francesinha — Portuguese version of French hot sandwiches;
Carne de Porco à alentejana — fried and mixed in one dish mussels, pork and potatoes;
Bacalhau à liberdade is one of the most popular types of cod cooking in Portugal (cod pies are another type).
In addition, here you can often find on the menu fried octopus or sardines, various kinds of pasties with fillings. In a word, whether you like fish, meat or vegetables, you will surely find something to your liking in Faro. Try to choose dishes from seasonal products to get the most delicious at the best price.