Last update: June 2023
Southern Region of Portugal
Faro, from the Algarve to the world
Barlavento and Sotavento: all the beaches in the Algarve
, thanks to its airport, is the main main gateway to the south of Portugal
for tourists from other European countries.
Faro, Algarve © Antonio Sacchetti / Images of Portugal
is the capital city of Algarve Region
in the south of Portugal. This region corresponds, in its entirety, to the
District of Faro
, which, in turn, is
divided into municipalities
is also the name of a concelho
or municipality of this same district
(which corresponds to a state in Brazil).
• Anyway, Faro
is a city, with just over 46 thousand inhabitants (INE, 2021), headquarters of the aforementioned
administrative entities (district and municipality).
The City of Faro
is located 277 km southeast of Lisbon
, a distance that is traveled
in 2h40min via the A2 toll motorway.
Faro, Gateway to the Algarve
Every year, millions of tourists from all over Europe pass through Faro Airport, looking for a pleasant climate in the south of Portugal,
beautiful beaches, security and tranquility.
Faro Beaches, Western Algarve, District of Faro, Algarve © Google Earth Pro
Algarve, Sun, Beaches and Summer
This is the traditional image of the sunny south of Portugal. Paradise in Europe for lovers of beautiful beaches, sun, summer,
gastronomy and quiet life for retirees in Central and Northern Europe. Heavily dependent on tourism, this framework helps but
it also makes the economy extremely vulnerable to these flows, as demonstrated during the Chinese virus pandemic.
Find out more: Beaches in the Algarve
Faro, technological hub of southern Portugal
The University of Algarve has been playing a role in promoting and supporting companies and innovative initiatives to make the Algarve
an innovative hub in the field of new technologies. In the implementation phase, an important project aims to boost these activities
in the region.
The Polo Tecnológico do Algarve
, still being created, is an investment of almost 6 million euros, with the aim of
of being "a focus of attraction for companies, of a regional, national and international nature", focused on three areas: information technologies,
health and wellness and energy.
With the implementation of this project, Universidade do Algarve (UAlg)
will redesign the digital ecosystem in
Southern Region of Portugal, with the creation of the Algarve Tech Hub
Cataplana, Algarve cuisine, in the municipality of Faro, Algarve © / Images of Portugal, Illustration
Land of Gastronomy
The south of Portugal is mainly known for its beautiful beaches
and for its gastronomy
based on fish and seafood
. Fans of Mediterranean cuisine will appreciate the specialties and
the variety of Algarvian Cuisine in Faro
Find out more: Faro Gastronomy
Resorts & Spas
For vacations with refinement and excellent services, this is the right address. All along the coast, establishments
offer every comfort in a setting of rare beauty, both close to the sea and in a green setting where
you can contemplate the beauty of the beautiful landscapes of the region.
Find out more: Resorts and Spas in the South of Portugal
Resorts in Loulé, in the District of Faro, Algarve, Southern Portugal © / Images of Portugal, Illustration
For lovers of busy nights and with many options, the Algarve coast, from Barlavento to Sotavento is the best decision
to ensure the success of your vacation.
The coast of Faro District
offers several world-class golf courses, designed
with great refinement.
Find out more: Golf in the Algarve
Another strong point of Faro
is the great existing offer for the practice of water sports
Find out more: Water sports in Faro
Water sports, Algarve coast in Faro, Algarve © / Images of Portugal, Illustration
What to see in Faro
There are many options to discover in Faro
, from Barlavento
From the beautiful beaches
to the rich historical and religious heritage. See: Attractions in Faro
What to do in Faro
For fans of active holidays
there are many and varied activities in the region: walks and
hiking, boat trips, horse riding, water sports and much more. See: What to do in Faro.