Faro is the capital of Portugal's Algarve region and famous as a beach resort for young Europeans who virtually overrun the place during the summer and party hard. What remains unsaid is that it is a peaceful and serenely beautiful town during the rest of the year with unique attractions like the Roman ruins in Milreu, a Toy Museum, and a boatload of Churches, beaches and other natural attractions. Another thing to note is that millions of visitors land here every year, get a car for hire in Faro and head out to other Algrave tourist destinations like Armacao de Pera, Albufeira, Vilamoura, Tavira and Lagos.
There are two things you need to do upon landing. First, get a car for hire in Faro Airport, and then get some tourist brochures and maps from the tourism office at the airport. Once you reach the city, you can pick and choose what sights to explore, from the Arco da Vila and Cathedral Sé de Faro to the Faro Jewish Heritage Museum and the Toy Museum. Do not miss the Roman ruins at Milreu or the Chapel of Bones in the Igreja do Carmo which features the skeletal remains of 1,200 dead monks as decorations. If you love nature or bird-watching, you will not want to miss the Ria Formosa lagoon.
Faro has nine beaches stretched on the outskirts of the Ria Formosa Lagoon. All the beaches have been awarded blue flags. All have a lifeguard in attendance and have tourist facilities including rest rooms and cafes or restaurants. The main beach is Faro Beach or Praia de Faro, located close to the airport on a small island filled with all kinds of bars, restaurants and other tourist facilities between the two beaches on either side. The sea-facing beach has wonderful golden sands while the other side offers a great lagoon for swimming. Two other island beaches are Praia da Ilha do Farol and Praia da Ilha Deserta. The other five are Praia Armona Mar, Praia Culatra-Mar and Praia da Barreta, along with Fuseta-Ria and Fuseta-Mar.
Faro Airport is located 2.5 miles west of the city. The one terminal it has gets very busy during the summer, as tourists pour in from all parts of Europe. Being the only international airport on the Algrave Coast, it is widely used by visitors heading to all the coastal tourist resorts. The airport is located near the A22 highway that leads to Spain and Lisbon.
There are eight agencies with counters at the arrivals hall to serve passengers who need to rent a car in Faro Airport. Compare these agencies online, find the best deal available and book your vehicle right now so that you do not have to run around to all these agencies to find a good deal after arriving.
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