How to Make the Most of a Day Trip in Faro

By on Nov 30, 2013
How to Make the Most of a Day Trip in Faro
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Before traveling from Faro airport to Albufeira for the ultimate beach holiday, you might want to spend some time exploring the beauty and history that Faro itself has to offer first. Here are some of the best things to check out.

After you land at Faro airport, you will instantly get the feeling that you are in the Algarve. Before traveling from Faro airport to Albufeira for the ultimate beach holiday, though, you might want to spend some time exploring the beauty and history that Faro itself has to offer first.

Originally called Ossonoba during the occupation of the Romans, the town used to be a vital port town. When the Moors started to rule, though, they changed its name to Santa Maria before changing it to Harun and then to Faro in the end.

Regardless of whether you want to visit sandy beaches or check out the nature or history that the town has to offer after leaving Faro airport, there are many places that you can check out and see before transferring to Albufeira. Make sure you visit the Centro Historico and Rio Formosa Lagoon, for example. The beaches are definite must-visits, too.

Centro Historico

As with a lot of the other old cities and towns in Algarve, Faro city center is very historic and is thus called Centro Historico. Before leaving Faro airport to get to the beach, you should definitely take a walk through history and learn more about the heritage and architecture of the area first. Centro Historico is right off the harbor and its quaint look and feel matched with its 18th century buildings and cobbled streets make for a great way to get to know the Moorish influences in their architecture.

Rio Formosa Lagoon

Rio Formosa Lagoon can be found near Faro and is connected to the sea via six inlets, the last of which was opened for easier access onto the port. If you love nature more than anything else, then you should definitely book a trip to explore this lagoon before continuing on your journey through Faro airport. Rio Formossa is located at the most Southern part of Portugal's coast and is technically a national park that goes all the way to the tip of Spain. Although Rio Formossa is dotted with a ton of small villages, its main attraction definitely lies with its natural wildlife. More than 30,000 species of birds can actually be found here, making it the perfect place for bird lovers to visit. One of the reasons why there are so many birds in this area is probably because it is located directly on the migratory pathway of Europe. Plus, the habitat is great and there is a lot of food available for birds there, in general.

The Beaches

Sometimes believed to be sand pits that were formed at the very edges of Rio Formossa, Faro's beaches are all one-of-a-kind. Only one of them can actually be reached by the main road, though: Faro Beach. So, before continuing through Faro airport, take a stroll through Faro Beach first. If you have a bit more time to spare, you can even take a ferry to one of the sandpit islands to enjoy the sand and the sun, and the rides to and from the islands at the same time.

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