Faro is the gateway to the Algarve and the more I discover, the more fascinating it becomes. It’s notorious for its food, amazing beaches and the breathtaking Ria Formosa lagoon.
Faro is on the coast and located in southern Portugal. It’s December time now and while London enjoys rain this week. I have the privilege of topping up my tan.
The reason for my trip was family related so I didn’t have to worry about accommodation but there are many options from budget to fancy A.F (because good girls don’t swear).
Personally I would of chosen Hostellicious (https://hostellicious-pt.book.direct/en-us) because I get lonely and I’m poor but for those who can’t share and hate people there is the aptly named Hotel Faro (https://www.hotelfaro.pt/en/) which is 4 stars and overlooks the Marina.
Unless you are heading to Faro this week, you must be thinking who cares Chelsea? I can get hot weather in SPAIN!
I do! I’m a little bias since I’m half Portuguese but Faro is rich in history, it has a medieval quarter packed with museums and cultural sites, but more importantly stays open late (Nov-Mar is a little quieter) thanks to its large student population. If you’re still unconvinced, let me show how you can spend your holiday in this low-key gem.
My typical day in Faro
9am – Wake the F up!
10am – Roll out of bed after checking the weather (Yes, I grew up in London) and Instagram.
11am – Drive to Faro since I was out of the city. If you want to know where I rented the car, comment below.
11.10am – Grab a tea and Pastel de Nata at O Seu Cafe.
11.15am – People watch 🤓
12.00pm – Head to the pedestrianised street of Rua de Santo Antonio for some window shopping. Ok, it’s almost Christmas…I bought a gift!
You’ll find a number of fashion boutiques, ceramic stores and souvenir stands. Most shops are open 10am-7pm daily, except Sunday.
3.00pm – Learn some history and get some exercise with with Faro Free Walking Tours.
6.00pm – Head to Adega Nova for dinner! I didn’t go alone sorry guys, forgot to mention I followed my parents to Faro. (I did my own flights thanks!)
Disclaimer* – This image is from their Instagram and unfortunately i didn’t take a better quality picture.