Dont just pass by Faro, rent a holiday home there.
Why go on a Self Catering holiday rental home in Faro.
How many thousands of visitors have landed in Faro airport without getting to know the local area. I am guessing it is in the millions. Most visitors having prearranged a holiday in the Algarve leave the airport and head west of east to Olhoa or Tavira or even across the Spanish border. But the Faro Municipality has some beautiful locations to visit and wonderful self-catering holiday home rental accommodation.
Here are a few must see locations in Faro:
‘Cidade Velha’ is on the eastern side of Faro Marina, the observant will get a view of same when landing at Faro airport. It is the oldest part of the city if you walk through the arch (Arco da Vila) by the Algarve tourist information office at the end of the Manuel Bivar gardens and follow the narrow, cobbled street, Rua do Municipio into the tree lined Largo de Sé.
Faro Cathedral, in the middle of the square, over the years the outside façade has suffered corrosion from the elements, but inside it is different – the intricate gilded carving, decorated tiles (azulejos) and works of art are well worth seeing. It originates from the 13th/14th centuries (although much of the inside decoration is 17th century) and, despite having to be repaired after being ransacked and set alight by the Earl of Essex’s men in 1596 and damaged in the earthquake of 1755, still has the original doorway and two original chapels. There is modern self catering accommodation not far from this area where you can stay and have a wonderful relaxing break.
Faro also hosts a modern shopping experience in the guise of Algarve shopping mall it is on the main road (EN125) approaching from Faro airport side of town. It has a wonderful array of shops, as in any Portuguese Shopping Mall there is the obligatory cafes where the men can drink coffee while the females browse away in the modern well stocked boutiques and perfumeries. At Christmas, apart from a rather spectacular large silver Christmas tree, there was also an outside ice-rink! As before there is modern self catering accommodation not far from this area where you can stay and have a wonderful relaxing break.
Also on this side of Faro in the direction of Loule we can find Estádio Algarve its 30,000-seater stadium, shared by the neighbouring cities of Faro and Loule, was one of the venues of the Euro 2004 and is also the temporary home ground of the Gibraltar national football team. Louletano Desportos Clube (a club from the city of Loulé) and Sporting Clube Farense (from Faro) also use smaller municipal stadiums. The stadium is also used for concerts, festivals and other events. Of interest to our Irish visitors Gibraltar have confirmed that next September’s 2015 home Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland will be played in Faro, Portugal, quashing speculation that the game would be moved to London. As before there is modern self catering accommodation not far from this arena where you can stay during the match between Ireland and Gibraltar.