Faro, the gateway to Algarve region of Portugal, is a sun worshipper’s paradise. To vacation along the beach with its beautiful sun, sea and sand, is for me just what the doctor orders. As a great family destination, Faro offers relaxation, history and adventure that everyone will enjoy. While in Faro you can visit Ancao Peninsular, Barreta and Culatra Island, or you can sunbathe at one of the two most popular beaches, Praia de Faro and Praia da Culatra. I can never decide which I like better so I usually end up doing a little relaxing on one of the beaches before I go touring.
It’s incredibly easy to book a flight to Faro at this time of the year as there is no shortage of budget flights to Algarve during the peak season from July through August. It is a very competitive region for airlines due to its popularity with British, German, Dutch, and Irish tourists, and this means you will find some awesome deals. I find that the easiest way to get into town after you land here is to simply take a taxi from the stand just outside the airport terminal doors. You can of course rent a car, but to be honest, if you’re here to relax, you are better off just planning to do your exploring on foot. I’ve found this is the best way to see the town, and you don’t have to deal with the stress of driving on the busy roads.
Where to stay in Faro?
I’ve stayed in a few hotels in Faro, and my recommendation is… stay in one of the places along the beach. My favourite is Hotel Eva which overlooks Ria Formosa. It is located just a few steps away from the Faro historical centre and is within easy walking distance of the lovely marina which, when lit up at night, is a memorable and magical place for a romantic evening walk with your significant other. Combine this with the panoramic views of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, and you will soon see why I like this hotel so much.
Hotel Eva offers numerous top-quality services that you will really appreciate, such as comfortable and spacious rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, a rooftop restaurant, and outdoor swimming pool, and even a few excellent bars. The hotel also has a nice private sun terrace and a balcony that is perfectly positioned for you to view the magnificent sunset over the Atlantic.
As a guest of Hotel Eva Hotel you have complementary access to the Club L-Health Club, fitted with gym, sauna, and steam bath. If you’re really up for a little exercise, you can join in with me in one of the group exercise classes. The shopping and dining facilities right on the street outside the hotel keep me busy when I get tired of lounging about on the beach. My poor credit card gets a real workout, but I come home with some amazing gifts for my friends and family.
Faro is a fabulous place to go for singles, couples and families. I have a wonderful time here, and I know you will too. I hope we can meet up at one of the beach cafés and enjoy a little cup of gelato together.