Faro Airport is perfectly positioned to explore the Algarve, Portgual’s sun-soaked southern coastline. The region’s biggest resort, Albufeira, is not far away. It’s a town of cliff-backed beaches with a lively strip of bars and clubs. Further west is even more scenic – enjoy river boardwalks in Alvor or the elegant marina in golfer’s haven Vilamoura.
Albufeira is the number one choice for beach breaks on the Algarve. It has a unique coastline of gorgeous golden sands backed by cliffs and caves. In its centre, there’s a mix of the authentic and the exciting. You’ll find both beautiful churches and lively bars in the Old Town.
For a fun day out, head to Zoomarine on the outskirts of Albufeira. It has dolphins and sea lion shows, with an on-site waterpark and funfair too. Aquashow in Quarteira features waterslides and rollercoasters, while the Family Golf Park offers mini-golf with a Roman theme in Vilamoura. Slide and Splash is another top choice for speedy slides and more.
Alvor is one of the most scenic resorts on the Algarve. Enjoy a stroll along its boardwalk, which passes over sand dunes, ancient salt pans and sprawling marshlands. Explore the Old Town by night to take your taste buds on a journey too. In Faro itself, expect old-world cobbles mixing whitewashed churches and cool boutiques with marina-side sardines and local wines.
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Historic and atmospheric, Faro is situated along Portugal's south coast and is the capital of the Algarve region. The Atlantic Ocean laps the city's beaches and the Spanish border is less than an hour's drive away.
How long is the flight from the UK to Faro?
Belfast to Faro - 3 hours 10 minutes
Birmingham to Faro - 2 hours 55 minutes
Bristol to Faro - 2 hours 35 minutes
East Midlands to Faro - 3 hours
Edinburgh to Faro - 3 hours 25 minutes
Glasgow to Faro - 3 hours 25 minutes
Leeds Bradford to Faro - 3 hours 10 minutes
London Stansted to Faro - 2 hours 55 minutes
Manchester to Faro - 3 hours
Newcastle to Faro - 3 hours 20 minutes
How many airports does Faro have?
Faro Airport (FAO), also known as the Algarve Airport, is the only international airport operating in the city. It's situated 4 km west of the historic centre.
How far is Faro Airport from the main Algarve resorts?
If you're visiting Faro, it's a quick 10-minute journey from Faro Airport. Those staying in Albufeira can expect a 40-minute journey, while Vilamoura is 25 minutes away.
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