Faro Portugal Travel Information

Faro Travel Advice and Information for the best use of your rental car.

Faro, the sleepy and tranquil gateway to the Algarve is located on the southern tip of Portugal next to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. It is a great place to visit to wind down, or more popularly used as a base for those looking to travel to the many fine resort towns along the Algarve. Those even more adventurous or with a thirst to travel can even drive into Spain to make the Costa del Sol part of their holiday, enjoying your car hire and heading to Gibraltar, Marbella, Malaga and beyond..

Faro has much to offer, great weather and beautiful beaches with superb waterfront restaurants and bars. All year round sunshine means the average winter day is between 15-20 Celsius, while summer averages 25-30 Celsius.

After flying into Faro Airport it is then a 4.5 mile trip into town.
We recommend booking car hire to be collected from Faro Airport, as you will find the use of a rental car will take a lot of pressure off having to rely on public transport during your trip.

Hotels and Museums
The town has many great hotels on offer for those looking for a luxury stay, through to more humble self-catering arrangements. Once settled in, Faro boasts three museums in a range of areas; The Maritime Museum, along with the Archeological and Ethnographic (or Human Culture) Museums show some great history of the local area, more of which can also be seen by taking a casual walk around the town. The city walls, of Roman origin, will lead you to the old Roman square, once site to the Roman forum, a cathedral and palace. One place that is a must see is the Cappella dos Ossos, a chapel with a chilling choice in decor. Cappella dos Ossos translates to the Chapel of Bones, and that’s just what you’ll see. Over 1,000 monks became part of this spectacle with the entire interior being covered with bones and skulls, something that has to be seen to believed.

Nature
Lovers of the great outdoors, nature and ornithology must visit the 170,000km sq nature reserve based around the Ria Formosa Lagoon. With hundreds of types of bird alone this is a great spot to see such wealth of life, especially during the spring and autumn migrational season.

Super Beaches
Beaches are essential for the majority of holiday makers, and Faro has some great beaches to offer. Again we recommend the use of car hire in Faro to get about as the beach is located around 4 miles from the town. Along the Algarve most of the beaches are found on sandbanks and require a short ferry journey to visit. Faro is one of the rare places where the beach can be reached on foot. On a sandbank itself, Faro’s beach can be accessed via a small rope bridge, which once crossed gives you fine gold sand, clear waters and plenty of space and solitude to relax with a cold drink and a book whilst working on your tan.

Water Park
Those with families looking for a fun day out should take a trip to ‘The Big One’ water park. A perfect way to have a good time and cool down on a hot day, and highly likely to be a highlight for children.

Other Towns nearby
With Faro being the gateway to the Algarve, we do recommend you visit some of the many other resort towns on offer especially if you have taken advantage and booked car hire in Faro. With each town offering something a little different in both culture and entertainment. Vilamoure is closest, being less then half an hour’s journey from Faro. Albuferia will take less then an hour to travel to, with Portimao and Praia da Rocha both taking around an hour and a quarter. Lagos is the longest journey but at under two hours it is still close enough to make a comfortable day trip without having to spend too much time traveling.

As the days do inevitably get hot, if you are traveling, especially with children, it is recommended that you get an air conditioned hire car.

Galapagos Islands and The Exumas Travel Information

Galapagos Islands, The Experience:

Only 13 main islands, out of which 5 are inhibited, form the Galapagos Archipelago situated 1000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland. The world’s top all around dive site, the top spot for best fish life, best big animal dive, best advanced diving awaits tourists who wish to pay a visit to the healthiest marine environment. Penguins swimming in the equatorial sea, iguanas eating algae meals in the saltwater, dolphins leaping in phosphorescent water are among the rare treats you can find only in Galapagos. You can expect to see amazing creatures crawling, flying or just lying off the shore line.

Adventure travel in Galapagos involves kayaking, mountain biking, riding horses or snorkeling next to the world’s most fearless wildlife. You can travel between the islands in small private planes or speedboats and enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters. Tower Island is one of the most spectacular of the islands where you can wind your way through a mangrove forest. Octopus, starfish and other sea life can be seen caught in tide pools on Santiago Island. Isabela Island offers spectacular views of lava files, a salt-water lagoon, volcanic formations and the ocean.

Bartolome island is the youngest and inhospitable for most plants and animals. Discover a moon like scenery with lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones while you hike through ancient lava fields, encountering prehistoric reptiles. You can explore Darwin’s laboratory, the Garden of Eden of evolution, while traveling with a luxury dive vessel.

When to go

The pleasant weather year round means there is not best time to visit Galapagos. During the hot season, the ocean temperature is warmer so you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling better.

How to get there

You can get to the islands from the main land by plane from Quito or Guayaquil airports. You can see most of the islands via a motor or sailing yacht. There is strict control on tourist access due to the effort made to protect the natural habitat and you must be accompanied by a certified tour guide.

The Exuma

The precious islands of The Exuma are a 120-mile island chain including 360 wonderful inhabited and uninhabited cays, the largest cay being the Great Exuma. This cluster of islands situated in the Bahamas enjoys tropical mild climate throughout the year and this accounts for the most gorgeous sapphire-colored water through which our vision can reach the inner depths of sand owing to its utmost clarity. The weather and water blend together in the finest way to popularize this island as amongst the best known sailing spots bundled with its rich unblemished beaches, offshore reefs and coves. The island hosts the Annual Georgetown Sailing Regatta and the Annual Family Island Regatta as the major yachting events every year. The beauty which lies in the inner depths of the islands and the incredible aquamarine waters attract a huge number of sailors, fishermen, divers, snorkelers and kayakers to this paradise and the city in every aspect is rightly called the Sailing Capital of the World.

The Ports: The Port of George Town is situated next to Elizabeth Harbor and is the main port of entry to the Exumas. The Tropic of Cancer runs through the place, hence, the climate is mixed with tropical and temperate effects, and thus becomes the unique spot famous for the yachting people.

The Marinas:

1) Emerald Bay: This marina offers a classy entry for yachts and provides extensive facilities like charters, boat dealerships and other major requirements.

2) Staniel Cay Yacht Club: This is a newly renovated and famous marina in Exumas known for its excellent full-services like electricity, water, ice and others.

The Sailing Companies:

1) Dive Exuma: This is a highly-equipped dive center with its general motto of providing the memorable diving experience keeping safety as its first priority and is the only one present on the Great Exuma.

2) Exuma Dive Center: This diving center is not merely a dive shop but provides unique opportunities to explore the clear waters and the shallow reefs allow the divers to watch the rich colorful fauna.