Excursions and day trips to tourist spots near Faro are common. Sagres is at a distance of 73 miles (i.e. 118 km) from Faro’s western side. To reach Sagres, you need to start off early in the morning. The village of 19th century was re-built fully after a massive earthquake. The main attractions are found along ‘Rue Comandante Matosa ‘and around ‘Praca da Republica’. The sandy beaches offer relaxation. ‘Praia da Mareta’ is close to Fortaleza de Baleeira’s historic remains and ‘Praca da Republica’. Some note-worthy beaches are ‘Praia do Tonel’, ‘Praia do Martinhal’ and ‘Praia de Baleeira’. For surfing, choose ‘Praia do Tonel’.
‘Estadio Algarve’ (‘Algarve Stadium’) is a reputed soccer stadium on the Algarve. It was constructed so that it can be used for the Football Championship (European) of 2004. Its capacity is above 30,000 spectators. In addition to its use for sporting events, it also hosts Portugal Rally, music festivals and concerts. It has a distinct architecture with a couple of arched roofs which resemble a ship’s sails.
‘Serra de Monchique’ mountain range is to the west of Algarve. It is 56 miles (i.e. 90 km) far from Faro. There are buses that ply regularly to it. In addition to offering many hiking trails, its other attractions are ‘Caldas de Monchique’-spa town and Monchique-market town.
Silves is 39 miles (i.e. 62 km) from Faro. Every year, many go for an excursion to it since it has a ‘Fortaleza’ (Moorish castle). The castle has governor’s palace, towers and sandstone façade. The Gothic cathedral- ‘Sé Catedral de Silves’ is quite impressive. It was built in the fifteenth century. Other must see places are ‘Fabrica de Ingles’, ‘Igreja da Misericordia’ and Museum of Archaeology (‘Museu Arqueolgia’). Silver Beer Festival is held here in July of each year.
Even Spanish cities like Seville and Huelva are near Faro airport. Alte village is at Faro’s north-west direction and 34 miles (i.e. 55 km) away from it. It is 19 miles (i.e. 30 km) away from Albufeira. This village is a peaceful region that is still unspoilt. Its main attractions are cobblestone alleyways, local springs like “Fonte Pequena” and “Fonte Grande” and whitewashed houses.
Lagos, a famous town, is at Faro’s west about 55 miles (i.e. 89km) away. By road, it takes an hour to reach there. It is a historical area and has walls of 14th century surrounding it. It is near River Ribeira de Bensafrim. It was once a sleepy town. But from the ‘60s, it has become a busy place due to tourism. Tourists throng the near by beaches which are known to be better than the other beaches. Some other favourite spots are the caves, ‘Ponta da Piedade’ lighthouse, ‘Barragem de Bravura’ reservoir, harbour and the Lagos Zoo.
To rent a car in Faro, find reputed companies in Portugal that offer cars for cheap rates and have a range of cars from which you can choose. There is also an option of combining car hire at Faro airport with the booking of air tickets (fly drive). There should not be hidden costs associated when you book these rental cars at the airport. Most car rental companies in Portugal provide unlimited mileage.