Faro Tourism, Portugal

Visit Faro - Best of Faro

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.

Faro Travel Tips

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.

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Facts and Stats for Faro*

  • Pollution Statistics in Faro

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

    • Air Pollution 15.91 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 20 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 30 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Faro: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Faro for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Faro.

    • Burglary and Theft 29.55 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 32.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 27.27 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 50 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 30 (Low)
    • Attacks 20.45 (Low)
    • Drug offense 34.09 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 97.73 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 68.18 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 7.5 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 4.55 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 43.18 (Moderate)
  • Living in Faro - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 73.18 (High)
    • Pollution Index 26.99 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 53.96 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 15.96 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 50.15 (Low)
    • 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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Faro

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.26 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.94 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 95.42 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 80.03 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

Faro Travel Guides

The best trip plans created by users and travel experts that cover the top spots and attractions of Faro

Faro Tours for you

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

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  • Bird Watching & Historical Tour
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    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

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  • Ria Formosa Catamaran Sunset Tour from Faro
    Ria Formosa Catamaran Sunset Tour from Faro

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Escape to the calm waters of the Ria formosa Natural Park on this 1-hour sunset cruise. Enjoy the calm of a late afternoon sa...

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  • Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro
    Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro New on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Enjoy the nature, while you sail trough the channels of the Ria formosa Natural Park. Discover some of the birds species.

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