Are you planning your holiday in winter? Faro, Portugal could be the ideal place for you. Winters in Faro are mild with plenty of sunny days. You might not be able to go swimming, but hey, at least you and your kids won't get sunburned. Even if you don't like crowded beaches, are more introverted and want to save some money for your summer holiday, Faro is the perfect destination
Winter in Faro is the perfect time to visit if you're looking for a warm winter holiday. Winter temperatures are mild, with plenty of sunny days and only one rainy day per month. Winter car hire in Faro is also more affordable than during summertime which means more money saved for your summer holiday! If you don't like crowded beaches or want to avoid getting sunburned, winter in Faro might be just what you need!
Exploring Faro in winter is best as the crowds are gone and it seems like you have Faro all to yourself. Our advice is to start sightseeing. And the perfect place to start is in the old town of Faro.
The oldest part of the city is best described as seductive and begins at the Arco da Porta Nova - the 15th-century city corridor that connects the waterfront to the old town. This part of the city of Faro will enchant you with its excellent Town Hall and the 13th-century cathedral of Saint Mary. The best view of the old town of Faro is from the tower of the cathedral and is a must-see. Afterwards, you can make a stop at the Municipal Museum where you will learn all about the history and culture of Faro.
Now that you know everything you need to know about the city's past, you deserve a break. Pop into Vila Adentro - right by the Arco da Porta Nova - for some delicious traditional food.
If you're more into bar hopping, Columbus Cocktail and Wine Bar is a must. Their mojito is to die for, but try not to get too drunk!
Faro in winter has more to offer than you think
If you're not an admirer of ancient history, food or wine, you can always go to the beach - you'll have it to yourself. Portugal's usually crowded and popular beaches are now deserted and quiet. At this time of year, you don't have to worry about sunscreen and your kids are free to explore the pools, rocks and caves.
For those travelling with children, we also recommend a visit to Parque Zoologico de Lagos. Since it is the winter season, you will be able to see even the shyest of the ZOO inhabitants. You can also go shopping in Faro.
Is your bike your soulmate? Then take it for a ride and explore the impressive Portuguese countryside on your own. Another option is to rent a bike - most resorts and hotels have bike rentals so you can explore the Algarve region with your family.
Take a road trip. If you've rented a car in Faro, take a road trip - in winter there's less traffic and virtually no queue in sight.
For an even more relaxing holiday, head to the salon SPA, treat yourself to a soothing back massage or hit the sauna. Sit back and relax. If you don't like crowded beaches or want to avoid getting sunburned, winter in Faro might be just what you need!