The Algarve’s provincial capital combines a smattering of history and ample leisure opportunities in one lively package. It is one of the few places in the region that has a year-round buzz, mainly thanks to the thousands of students who attend universities here. Dotted with historic monuments, Faro is positioned around a small marina where local fishermen and yacht-owners keep their vessels. Wander deeper into the city and you will find an attractive shopping street with top-end chains and stores selling local handicrafts, plus a variety of restaurants and bars that remain open in all seasons. Faro is also a great base for exploring the Algarve. It isn’t slap, bang in the middle but does offer the best access in terms of public transport and roads to reach both ends of the province.


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