Sorting out your car hire online in advance of the actual trip appeals for a handful of reasons
- The full online booking is done in your own time rather than at your destination where you could well be surrounded by a frazzled partner and a small herd of unruly children
- It guarantees that you receive the model of car that you request
- It saves time at at the car rental desk (although you won't believe that if you've ever seen the queues at Alamo in Miami)
- The fully inclusive price is fixed
Start planning your holiday on the Algarve by booking car hire offered by two of Europe's leading car hire companies. We offer online bookings providing cheap car rental at Faro airport. Both of our car rental suppliers have specialist telephone support specialists on hand waiting to answer any extra queries that you might have before or after renting your vehicle.
Clicking on the link below will enable you to obtain car rental quotes from our suppliers for cheap car hire at Faro airport. The airport is 6 km from the town of Faro.
Although many of the thousands of visitors to Faro only hurry through to some of the finest beaches in the world, the provincial town of the Algarve has much to offer the holidaymaker with more on his/her mind than an all over tan.
Faro is packed with pretty corners and traditional charm and even has its own beach! There is a peaceful fishing harbour and many delightful historic pockets in the Old Town.
Considering Faro barely survived the destruction brought on by two major earthquakes, it is amazing to see that all about you, you can only marvel at the remains of medieval architecture in the Cidade Velha.
Beach lovers arriving in Faro are only a stone's throw away from some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere, so the fact that Faro's only patch of beach is almost next door to the ever busy Faro Airport is not going to be too much of a problem.
Move aside beach lovers for the discerning itinerary-equipped history seeker, for Faro has much to offer! For a kick off the old part of the city continues to be surrounded by 9th century Roman walls and secondly, here residing on what was once the site of a Roman Forum, within a vast square, is a thirteenth century Cathedral.
When through with enjoying this feat of early architecture, why not make a start on the nearby 18th century Episcopal Palace. Nearby an the incomparable exhibition of gold leaf wood working found within the church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, also known as the 'golden church'. It is for another more macrabre reason that visitors tend to flock to this particular church, that of the 'Chapel of Bones'. This remarkable feature found in Faro is discovered in the nineteenth century chapel and is completely lined with the skulls that once belonged to well over a thousand monks.
Enthusiasts of maritime history will enjoy Faro�s Naval Museum at Praca de Dom Francisco Gomes. Consisting of a stunning model boat exhibition, the coast�s local history is demonstrated.
While holidaymakers swarm to Portugal for the lovely hot summer months, the winter tells a completely different tale. Temperatures are always expected to drop below zero degrees while Faro's summer temperatures can soar to forty degrees.
The Algarve is surrounded by interesting towns packed with attractions and you don�t have to look too far when in Faro. The market town of Loule is fifteen kilometres outside of Faro and offers traditional handicraft workshops and stalls, the 13th century Gothic Igreja Matriz church and an old fortress amid the glorious chimney topped scenery. Anything can be bought here from copper items and hats, to mats and pottery.
While in the Algarve try to allow enough time to peruse the Museu Ethnografico Regional, a generously sized museum dedicated to the folklore of the Algarve.
How about a day trip to the desert? Jump aboard a boat commencing from the Old Town's Porta Nova and tour the Ria Formosa National Park's salt marshes. Then over to the Ilha Deserta sandbar where you can wander on foot observing the landscape face to face. The Park provides a habitat for in excess of thirty thousand birds. There are hundreds of species here some of which are the oystercatcher, the cormorant and the heron. The Rio Formosa lagoon nature reserve is a wildlife seeker's utopia. A great place to explore for life, the park stretches for a hundred square kilometres.
Situated in the south of Portugal, the Algarve is a hilly patchwork quilt of the colourful towns and cities of Lagos, Portimao, Faro, Olhao, Tavira and Silves.
One of Europe's more popular holiday destinations for its outstanding beaches and superlative Mediterranean climate, the Algarve boasts a coastline that stretches for 155 kilometres. A more diverse shoreline, you'd be hard pressed to find, the Algarve offers intriguing limestone caves, lagoons, marshland and meadows. Where the coastal landscape is divided by the mountains defines the district known as the agricultural 'Barrocal' area otherwise known as the 'beira-serra'.
One of the best ways to enjoy the Algarve is to jump into a power boat and discover the hidden gems of the Praia da Marinha. Lagoa (or Lagos) is highly thought of and has in excess of a hundred of the world's most beautiful and best maintained beaches.
A typical Algarve landscape (as well as other parts of southern Portugal) is characteristically flecked with chimneys. Vast numbers of pretty Portuguese chimneys at every turn. Stretching into the clear skies in all sorts of shapes and sizes, the one thing Portugal's chimneys have in common is their origins and mark the five hundred years of occupation by the Moors. Interestingly, this is where you will find that no two chimneys exist that are ever alike. The fashioning of chimneys is taken very seriously here for they tend to be decorated and embellished according to the time it was built and with the resident's social status and wealth taken into account.
Marvellous May time is the season of parties in the Algarve. Should you arrive by chance in the Algarve during the month of May, you couldn't have picked a better time. May is the month for celebration and festival. Start the day as the locals do, with a glass of locally produced Aguardente de Medronho brandy and a handful of spicy figs. A local ritual, the month of May is 'assaulted' in the morning followed by lots of socialising and fun. Picnics are held at lunchtime where snails and fig cheese are enjoyed along with a jig and some lively music. The 'M' festival takes the Algarve by storm (where anything beginning with the letter 'M' is enjoyed as much as possible!). Monchique is the place to go during this time, where the celebrations are huge and the local produce, like mead, melosa (a mix of honey and brandy) and plenty more besides is absolutely superb.
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is 6 kilometres from the city centre.
A shuttle service leaves the airport for the town centre every thirty to forty minutes. When in the centre you can catch buses to particular resorts in the Algarve. The journey aboard these EVA buses lasts for about twenty minutes, traffic allowing.
Bus number 14 and 16 take you to Faro train station and cost just over one euro. The bus operates every thirty five minutes.
If you prefer to travel by car, while the Algarve is best explored from within the freedom of your own transport, there are some pockets that get extremely busy and parking is very difficult. To reach the airport from Faro, follow the signs for the EN125 and then follow the road signs.
If you would prefer to take a taxi into town, the cost is between seven and nine euros.