Destination guide

Faro District's famous delights

You'll probably know the Faro District by its other, more popular, name – the Algarve. Crowning the whole length of southern Portugal, it's a patchwork of green hills and gorgeous beaches, whitewashed fishing towns and sun-splashed resorts. In the summer, people flock from all over to laze on its honey-hued sands, surf its rolling waves and kick-back by the pool's edge in Faro District holiday rentals. Stacks of sizzling seafood and a fascinating fusion of Moorish and Iberian culture only add to the draws, while towns like buzzing Albufeira and age-old Lagos promise to enthrall with their castles, coastlines and charming people.

Things to do

Fortresses galore in Faro District

Faro District's rich and intriguing past of Moorish invaders and Reconquista knights has left it littered with eye-catching historical buildings. If you're looking for Faro District holiday rentals in Lagos, you could even find yourself sleeping between the walls of a centuries-old medieval castle – the Regional Museum of Lagos can help you make sense of it with its mosaics and arabesque oil lamps and more. The enchanting town of Silves is another fortress-topped must. Its red-hued citadel is backed up by an excellent archaeology museum.

Activities

Fun and adventure in Faro District

When you're not soaking up the rays on one of the Algarve's countless yellow-sand beaches or lounging under a palm in the garden of your Faro District holiday rental, you can head out to discover a plethora of things to do in this region. Boats whiz out from the ports promising glimpses of dolphins and other rare sea life. Horse-riding tours delve into wild ranges of hills that rise above the Atlantic Ocean. And there are caves beckoning the underground adventurer and surfing spots for those who like to carve over sculpted waves.

Weather

Fun in the sun in Faro District

Faro District's scorching summers are what bring so many people from around Europe to its shores. They start in June and last until early September, bringing regular daily readings in the high 20s and hardly any rainfall at all. That's the perfect time to seek out Faro District holiday rentals with a pool or proximity to the beach. For the history and culture, you can come any time of the year. In fact, jaunts to towns like Lagos and Albufeira will be a whole load more affordable in seasons like autumn and winter.

Natural features

Countless coastal treats in Faro District

A strip of verdant volcanic mountains shelters the Algarve on one side. They represent a rustic and less-visited enclave of the region, replete with chestnut forests, pine woods and terraced vineyards. It's never far from there back to the coast, which runs for 100s of miles from the Spanish border and up around the Atlantic. Get ready for some awesome sands, including the likes of rock-topped Praia da Marinha in Lagos and shimmering Praia de Odeceixe that meets the swells of the ocean. Out at sea is where you'll find the amazing marine life – keep watch for dolphin pods gliding through the water.

Where to stay around Algarve?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 14,928 holiday lettings near Algarve. From 4,871 Villas to 2,267 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Algarve is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Algarve?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Algarve. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Albufeira: 8,492 holiday homes
  • Vilamoura: 1,396 holiday homes
  • Lagos: 3,941 holiday homes
  • Carvoeiro: 5,438 holiday homes
  • Alvor: 4,595 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Algarve! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Algarve?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Algarve with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Albufeira: 8,492 holiday lettings
  • Lagos: 3,941 holiday lettings
  • Carvoeiro: 5,438 holiday lettings
  • Alvor: 4,595 holiday lettings
  • Faro: 4,383 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Algarve?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Algarve. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Albufeira Old Town Square: 10,120 holiday rentals
  • Vilamoura Marina: 3,012 holiday rentals
  • Vilamoura Beach: 5,429 holiday rentals
  • Albufeira Marina: 10,107 holiday rentals
  • Lagos Marina: 5,945 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Algarve listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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