Faro, the capital of the Algarve region, is a charming student city in southern Portugal. Before heading for the beautiful beaches of the region, spend some time to discover Faro’s historic old town full of terrace bars, the leisure marina, and well-maintained parks.
Not surprisingly, some of the most splendid beaches in the world are to be found in the Algarve. But you will also discover natural wonders and more than 23 stunning lighthouses. After visiting the lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, you can begin your tour of the region starting from the wild western side of the Algarve. Explore the bays between Lagos and Sagres and witness the tremendous power of the Atlantic.
Continue up Foia to enjoy lunch in one of the famous piri-piri restaurants - the views from here are spectacular. Tavira in the eastern Algarve is an appealing combination of attractive 18th century houses and bustling shopping streets. Bargain hunters should look out for painted tiles, lace tablecloths, snug sheepskin slippers and shell art. There is also a handicraft market on the waterfront.