You say Faro, and immediately think of the Algarve. And it could not be otherwise.
The Portuguese city, thanks to the presence of an important international airport, is the starting point for a holiday in the beautiful surrounding regions.
Despite this, Faro has managed to maintain a role that is anything but marginal in the tourism sector.
It takes very little to realize that Faro can be a point of arrival for a holiday. Quiet, with a genuine atmosphere, a beautiful and concentrated historic center, an efficient public transport service.
Here, some of the reasons why it is worth spending a holiday, albeit short, around here.
HOW TO GET
Thanks to the presence of an important international airport, among the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, the best way to get to Faro is by plane.
Many companies, especially in high season, make direct connections to the main European destinations.
The airport is just a few kilometers to the city center, and is served by public transport. The center can be reached by bus lines 14 and 16, operating all day, from morning to evening. The ticket can be purchased directly on board for € 2.30 per person.
Estaçao de Faro is the central train station, located right in the center. It is crossed by the Linha do Algarve, which crosses most of the south coast from East to West, for a total of about 240 km. The two terminus are Lagos and Vila Real de Santo Antonio.
Arriving by train, starting from European destinations, is a hypothesis to be discarded, considering the times. Just think that, from Lisbon, it takes more than three hours to arrive.
Little or nothing changes with the use of the train. The rule, in general, applies to all Portugal. Arriving by car, even here, is to be taken into consideration only with the Iberian Peninsula as a starting point; in particular Madrid and the south of Spain. Here, distances are not prohibitive.
Seville, is just 250 kilometers, while Malaga, just over 400.The Spanish capital is about 700 kilometers.
Already from Barcelona, on the other hand, we need to take into account more than 1000 kilometers, which can not be traveled in a single day.