Faro’s Sé or Cathedral – Sightseeing Attraction

Chancel of Faro Sé, Faro

Faro’s Sé with its Eccentric Organ: Faro’s Sé stands in the square that’s called Largo da Sé. The Sé is a cathedral and the seat of the bishop. The Sé stands on a site that was formerly a mosque. The first Christian church in Faro was built on the site but when the English attacked […]

Arco da Vila – Faro Sightseeing Attraction

Arco da Vila - Faro Old City

Arco da Vila – Gateway to Faro’s Old City: Most tourists visiting the Old City of Faro will no doubt have walked through Arco da Vila at the south end of the Jardim Manuel Bivar.  This arched gateway is a national monument which leads into the Old City of Faro. Arco da Vila was built […]

Almancil’s masterpiece of azulejo panels

Ingreja de São Lourenço, Almancil

Ingreja de São Lourenço is Almancil’s treasure: East of Vilamoura and just outside the town of Almancil stands Ingreja de São Lourenço, a small, Baroque-style white chapel which is the main sightseeing reasons why most tourists come to Almancil. Inside the chapel is one of the Algarve’s most amazing sights – an outstanding masterpiece of […]

Cheap flights to Faro – Algarve Holidays

Budget Airlines that fly into Faro: Following are the budget carriers that offer cheap flights to Faro: U.K. EasyJet Flybe Jet2.com Ryanair Thomas Cook Airlines Thomsonfly First Choice Cheap Holiday Packages from the U.K. Jet2Holidays Belgium Jetairfly Germany Airberlin Germanwings TUIfly.com/Hapag Lloyd Express Netherlands Transavia Norway Norwegian Air Shuttle AS Portugal SATA International TAP Switzerland […]

Faro – Algarve

Faro Waterfront - The Algarve

The Administrative Capital of the Algarve: Faro has been the administrative capital of the Algarve since 1756. The word Faro comes from Farum which was taken from the last part of the name of a past Moorish governor. When the Moors ruled Faro, they renamed the town in the 11th century after one of their […]

Europe’s Biggest Tourist Complex

Vilamoura Marina - The Algarve

Vilamoura is Europe’s biggest tourist complex: Along the coastal stretch, between Lagos and Faro, is a strip of luxury resorts, villa complexes and high-rise hotels. Vilamoura sits between these two towns and is a key example of the types of rapid tourist developments that have sprung up in the Algarve. Vilamoura commands pride of place […]

A Cataplana Meal in the Algarve

Fish Cataplana

The Flavours of the Algarve: Portuguese food in the Algarve is more than just grilled sardines and grilled chicken.  To get away from the stereo-type touristy food, and for a taste of the true flavours of the Algarve, have a dinner at a cataplana restaurant. Cataplana – The Utensil The cataplana is a wok-shape hammered […]

Algarve sweets at Faro’s best coffee shop

Marzipan carrot-shaped sweet

Portuguese love their Sweets and Cakes: The Portuguese we are told are sweet-toothed and have a great love of cakes.  This we find out for ourselves to be absolutely true as everywhere we go, there are pastelarias and cafes with counters that are stocked full with all kinds of sweet delights. Our Portuguese tour director, […]

The Algarve – Portugal

Vila Sol Resort, Vilamoura

More than Sun, Sand and Sea: The Algarve is noted for its stretches of beautiful beaches and with 280 days of sunshine in the year, this is one of the favourite holiday destinations for Europeans seeking a beach holiday or just time to chill out.  The Algarve coastline is very varied and along its 200-kilometer […]

Faro Airport – Faro Transfers

Faro Airport Transfer

Getting to and from Faro Airport: Faro Airport is the gateway to the Algarve and is situated just 4 km from the centre of Faro. This modern airport is very busy in the summer months as it serves the entire coastal area of Portugal’s southern-most province. Apart from the mainstream carriers, several budget airlines like […]