Let loose on the beach in this sun-drenched Portuguese city, well known as a party destination. There’s far more to Faro than just cocktails; it's a great place to explore everything that Portugal has to offer. Book a holiday rental in Faro today to see for yourself!
Many tourists pass through en-route to more popular Portuguese destinations, but the historic old town, pretty marina and café culture ensure Faro is an excellent choice for any holiday.
What to Do
If the idea of exploring further afield appeals, you’ll find that much of the Algarve is accessible from Faro, making it a great base for exploring the region.
By night, party on Rua do Prior, the main bar street. There's a bar to suit every taste, with some particularly interesting themes, such as an Iron Maiden themed bar!
Top Faro Travel Tips
For a buzzing sunny holiday packed with history, culture and cocktails, be sure to book your next holiday rental in Faro.
Top Destination reviews
Casa dos Avos
We stayed at the Property for 10 nights and what a lovely place it is... The pool was a lovely size, deck chairs to relax dining table to eat out in the sun and barbecue to prepare the food. The beds are comfy kitchen and lounge/bedroom upstairs to relax of an evening or to catch a film with the family. Over all rating 5 stars from us. Definatley recommend to anyone who wants a relaxing and chilled week or 2 in the peaceful surroundings! …
Nice house with pool 5 minutes from de beach
The hospitality from them was great they picked us from the airport when we landed and dropped us off when we departed the country. There was a problem with the fridge one day and they replaced the fridge within the day which was very nice of them. The pool was very clean and nice, the house looked well maintained when we arrived. Before we booked our stay any questions I had, I would email the owners and they would reply very quickly, they helped us rent a car for our holiday and also told us directions to get to popular attractions within the city. I do not have any complaints about this stay at all …
Cottage Nest Love - LOVE NEST
This is a very special place where you can quickly forget the stresses and strains of everyday life. Karl and Daphne, the hosts are amazing people who go out of there way to make you feel welcome but never intrude on your holiday. They certainly have got it right. The pool is a perfect place to relax during the day and we loved watching the sun go down from the upper sun deck which is very secluded with outdoor shower, jacuzzi and perfect views. There are many places to visit close by (you do need a car) and lots of Local restaurants serving delicious food at excellent prices. Our visit was in the wonderful warmth of July but hopefully our next visit will be during Spring or Autumn so we can get out and do some walking. The area looks great for exploring on foot. …
ALGARVE FARO Cosy Home 4B
There were four of us renting the apartment in Faro, Portugal. It was a lovely three bedroom apartment (one en suit). Two rooms had double bed and one had a single bed with pull out single underneath. We didn't cook when we were there but we did use the dishwasher and washing machine. It was great having the enclosed balcony on either side of the apartment as the clothes dried very quickly. It was also excellent to have WiFi in the apartment. There is a supermarket 2 min walk away or a Lidl about 7 min walk away. Since the hospital is close by there are bus stops around the corner from the apartment. We, however, always walked to and from the apartment. At a leisurely pace it would take a maximum of 20 min to get to the cafes and bus/train station from the apartment. The transport is very easy to use but it does not run late into the evening. (For some return journeys from neighbouring towns the last bus could be as early as 1730 or 1930). It was very easy to get to the apartment from the airport. Just get the number 16 bus from the second bus shelter outside the terminal (2.25 Euros one way) and it will take you directly to the bus terminal in Faro. From there, using Google maps it is easy to walk to the apartment. Nathalia was lovely and met us at the apartment with the key and was very happy for us to contact her if there was any need to. …
Marina Parque (CD 83), a few steps from the marina
Accommodation superb. Family holiday with youngest at 19. Right on the marina with pool less than 5 mins away and beach a leisurely 15 mins walk.No sun beds available at pool due to mid September but still very relaxing. Beach fantastic. Apartment really good and easily catered for the 6 of us. All staff from reception to departure and mid week towel change just so friendly and helpful. No Wi-Fi in apartment though and would be a great enhancement. We'd definitely return and highly recommended. …
Beach Apart. 3km from Airport
We had an amazing time here at new year, just a few steps from the apartment and you were on the beach.
It was the best New Year’s Day we have had, with a long walk along to the end of the un spoilt faro beach to then have drinks and lunch on the balcony. If you don’t want to cook the lovely restaurant downstairs will serve you on the balcony. All in all it was a momorable stay.......only wish I’d brought a wet suit to catch some of the waves. …
Lovely Apartment, Faro City Centre
The name says it all!
Lovely Apartment is just that. It is clean, comfortable and extremely convenient. We stayed six days and just used ferries and trains to get about. The Apartment is on the fourth floor with all round views over the city. Don't worry about steps - there is a dinky little lift which gets you and your luggage up and down! It is spacious and well equipped though it is unlikely that you will do much cooking with so many wonderful restaurants within a short distance.
The ferries to the Barrier Islands (Deserta and Culata) are within five minutes walk. There is considerable competition for the various ferry and trip permutations but we found the hop-on/hop-off to the islands gives maximum flexibility. You really do need to spend time on the islands to fully appreciate their character and charm.
The railway station (train fares are very cheap in Portugal) is barely 15 minutes away and with a roughly hourly service along the Algarve Coast in each direction you can really explore the coast. For those interested in wildlife there are many possibilities but one of the most interesting options is to take the train to the little station at Mexilhoera Grande near Lagos and walk down the lanes to the Alvor estuary. It is about two miles each way and almost guarantees sightings of bee-eaters, hoepoes, flamingos and spoonbills as well as a huge variety of flowering plants.
The bus station is close to the railway station and offers additional travel possibilities.
The owner Catarina is extremely helpful and is very prompt in responding to any pre-visit questions about the Apartment, how to find it. She is readily available by phone, email or Whatsapp.
We would thoroughly recommend this Apartment. …
Holiday Apartment Faro Center Ria Formosa Views
Central location, the apartment was clean and had everything we needed. Claudio was very helpful and on hand if we needed anything …
Comfortable Villa , Private Heated Pool , Algarve
We had a wonderful stay at Villa Rose.Maria and Mario are lovely,kind and very helpful hosts.We would love to return to Estoi. …
Casa Estrela, Beautiful Algarve Villa
Perfect family accommodation
Great villa. Excellent facilities.
Ideal for large group or family.
Set in the hills above Faro. Amazing views and peaceful. Car essential (as advised) but still plenty of restaurants only few minutes drive away.
Lovely garden, pool and BBQ area.
Would not hesitate to stay again.
Good communication and back up from owner Paul (many thanks!) …
Villa with private pool-Rural- Near the beach
Had a great time it was a lovely villa
The rooms where very spacious, the pool a good size and only a 15 minute drive from some really good shops. …
Monte-Bougainvillea GIRASOL - holiday apartment, car included!
Fabulous, relaxing location away from the busy tourist areas.
This is just the type of location we were looking for! The newly refurbished accommodation had everything we needed. Quiet, and relaxing. The owners Jean-Charles and Sylvie were perfect hosts providing a well equipped house, maps and advice. Even included a rescue service when we got lost finding the accommodation.
And their wonderfully well behaved dog Dixie was a source of amusement for all.
Many thanks for a wonderful stay. …
**GAMBELAS FLAG HOUSE** APT.FARO/ SUPER GREAT POOL / BEACH / NATURE
We would recommend to everyone
We stayed for our honeymoon and had an amazing time! The villa is great, all the things you need for an easy self-catering stay. The private terrace was huge, and got the sun the whole day and the pool was lovely, plenty of room for a swim about. The gardens and pool area were always well kept & we had a our own gate to come and go by.
The owners, Joao and Theresa couldnt have been more helpful, they made the whole experience so relaxed & made our honeymoon such a memorable and enjoyable holiday. They were both forthcoming with help, directions and even some nail polish remover! Not to mention picking us up and dropping us off at the airport, and a few other trips into Faro, they made the whole experience stressless and were attentive without being overbearing. If we make it back to Portugal, we will definately be back. …
Lovely Apartment, Faro center
Terrific Apartment & Helpful Owner
We booked this apartment for 3 weeks in September-October. Both the apartment and the owner get a terrific rating for our stay. The unit is spacious and tastefully decorated. There were a variety of restaurants and cafes within a short walking distance. We had several information requests of the owner (Catarina) during our stay. We sent these to Catarina via e-mail and she answered them promptly. We could not have hoped to find more comfortable accommodations nor a more helpful and obliging owner. We would certainly stay there again if we venture back to Faro and would highly recommend it. …
Lovely villa, much bigger and nicer than the pictures suggest. Excellent pool and layout and the owner Jan couldn't have been more helpful. The location is quite remote so a car is needed but we found it perfect for a relaxing family holiday. Our kids loved it. …