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 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 20.83 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 55 (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 28.39 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 53.59 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.35 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 44.07 (Very 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 0.25 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.06 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.76 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 87.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 83.9 USD

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

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