Faro Tourism

Faro is perhaps the heart of the Portugal experience! The distant blue lagoons, beautiful pathways to stroll on, cafes which are nestled among busy streets and history around every corner cast a spell on its visitors.

Faro has always been an attraction for settlements across eras- from Paleolithic, Ossonoba, 3rd century ‘Episcopal See’ to the Visigoth times. However, the city capsules the 8th century Moorish rule the most and its influences are not easy to miss even today.

The rulegave the city of Portugalits unique name Faro (Pharoah) and the rule sustained for 500 years till 1249 when the Moors were defeated by Afonso III- the Portuguese Crown King. Soon Faro became the administrative center of the Algarve region.

However, all through the 16 and 18th century, Lagos was deemed as an administrative centre but soon the title was returned to Faro, making it more of a power capital than anything else.

Today, the city of Faro finds its power in its rich historic complexes, beautiful exotic nature and a crazy tourism service all year long! The whole Algarve region in Portugal is like a throne for Faro and even though the city has its unique charm, the experience is only complete by exploring the rest of region.

Whether you want to visit Faro as a stop-over or as a complete vacation destination, the place is sure to enthrall you with its poignant beauty, grandeur history and electrifying energy.

Essential travel information and Faro tips for your visit

  • Even though the Taxi drivers speak English, writing down an address helps.
  • Renting a car and self driving around the city is not recommended for first time visitors.
  • Do carry rain gear if you are travelling in winter, May and July.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Faro

  • Know the pollution level of Faro before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 43.75 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Faro for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Faro.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.4 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.74 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 29.62 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 50 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 26.05 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 33.82 (Low)
    • Attacks 27.83 (Low)
    • Drug offense 36.54 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.19 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.4 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 7.69 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 40.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 69.5 (High)
    • Climate Index 98.08 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 25.62 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 50.93 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.8 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Faro

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.22 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.66 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 83.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 83.47 USD

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