Flights to Faro
Situated in southern Portugal, in the famous Algarve region, is the city of Faro. Along with the rest of the Algarve Faro is a popular holiday destination offering charming historic streets and landmarks as well as many beaches for the sun-lovers.
Flights to Faro Airport (airport code: FAO) usually take around 20 hours when departing from Johannesburg, and these flights to Faro have either 1 or 2 connections. You can transfer once in London if you travel with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic, but South African Airways goes a different way through Dakar and Lisbon. Air Portugal also offers another option for a 2-stop flight to Faro, through Luanda and also Lisbon. The Faro airport is less than 3 kilometres outside of the city.
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The Tourist Attractions of Faro:
Faro is a popular holiday destination throughout the year thanks to its mild climate. In the height of summer tourists flock to Faro’s beaches, and by winter the mild weather makes this city popular with those who want to experience its history and culture. Autumns are popular too when the neighbouring Ria Formosa Lagoon is swarming with migratory birds, making this also a popular place for ornithologists.
Faro Old City
The historic centre of Faro is one of the big attractions of the city itself. Known in Portuguese as Cidade Velha, the best preserved part of the old city is near the harbour and it features quaint cobblestone streets that date from the 18th century. Despite its popularity this part of the city remains relatively unchanged so you can enjoy a walk along these streets and admire the Portuguese and Moorish-influenced architecture here.
Among the historic landmarks to look out for in Faro is the City Hall, the Civil Government Building, Faro Cathedral, and Igreja do Carmo.
You can combine history and culture with days on the beach in Faro, and there are several beaches you might want to try out. Praia de Faro is the main city beach and at several kilometres long you should always be able to find a nice spot, even in the height of summer. You’ll find amenities here including public toilets and stalls selling souvenirs, snacks and drinks.
The Ria Formosa lagoon was one of the main reasons why the city of Faro was established here. It’s a lagoon that’s enclosed by a series of barrier islands and has been designated a Nature Park. Boat trips into the lagoon are popular from Faro and you can usually buy a trip that lasts several hours and will include a stop on one of the islands. In the spring and summer you can enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of different birds who are migrating through here.
When Should You Visit?:
Faro is most popular during the summer months when you’ll get high temperatures and virtually no rainfall. July and August are warmest; their average high temperatures are around 29C while the average lows are around 18C. To avoid some of the crowds you can visit Faro during the spring or autumn when temperatures are still very nice, however, from October it does become wet.