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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Faro

Every year, many festivals take place in Faro. Here are the main ones:

1 January: New Year's Day (national)

One week before Easter: Holy Week (Semana Santa) (national)

Holy Week, which takes place one week before Easter, is the occasion for many religious events in Faro. On Good Friday, the procession of the Burial of Christ (“Entierro del Señor”), one of the biggest in the country, departs from and ends at the Praça Dom Francisco Gomes, in front of the Igreja da Misericórdia (Church of Mercy).

25 April : Liberation Day (Dia da Liberdade) (national)

This celebration commemorates the Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974 which saw the end of Salazar's dictatorship and the return of democracy to Portugal. People celebrate on the streets of Faro with dancing and concerts.

10 June: National Day (Dia de Camões) (national)

This day is called Camões Day in tribute to the great Portuguese poet Luís de Camões, who died on 10 June 1580. To celebrate this day, huge fireworks are let off opposite the marina.

15 August: Feast of the Assumption (Assunção da Virgem Maria) (national)

This public holiday is devoted to worshipping the Virgin Mary. Numerous masses and processions are held in her honour in the churches and streets in Faro's city centre.

5 October: Republic Day (national)

Commemoration of the end of the constitutional monarchy and the setting up in 1910 of Portugal's first republican regime in front of the city hall in Faro, in the presence of officials and politicians.

Late October: Saint Irene's Day (Feira de Santa Iria) (local)

Faro's biggest traditional festival, in honour of Saint Irene, is the occasion for a huge fair and a wide range of entertainment on the place Largo de São Francisco, between the old historic town of Faro and the Ria Formosa.

1 December: Independence Day (Dia da Independência) (national)

This festival commemorates Portugal's independence in 1640, after the Portuguese revolt against Spanish occupation, and is the occasion for great public rejoicing in the streets, in the form of meals, concerts, etc.

25 December : Christmas (national)

31 December: New Year's Eve (national)

Street festivals, concerts and fireworks are held just about everywhere in the town.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Faro

Faro's climate is the mildest in the entire Iberian Peninsula. In fact, the town enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate with low annual rainfall and a great deal of sunshine. The summers there are hot and dry, with many exceptionally sunny days during July and August. The winters are mild with little rain.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 8 16 56 Not the best period to go
February 9 17 47 Good period to go Good period to go
March 11 19 43 Good period to go Good period to go
April 12 21 41 Good period to go Good period to go
May 14 23 24 Good period to go Good period to go
June 18 27 4 Good period to go Good period to go
July 19 29 1 Good period to go Good period to go
August 20 29 4 Good period to go Good period to go
September 18 26 28 Good period to go Good period to go
October 15 23 74 Good period to go Good period to go
November 11 20 77 Good period to go Good period to go
December 10 17 117 Not the best period to go
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Faro International Airport (Aeroporto Internacional de Faro)

Faro International Airport is situated about seven kilometres to the west of Faro town centre.

  • 1 terminal

To go to Faro and return to the airport:
  • Car
    • Access by highway N125-10, then highway IC4. A journey of around 11 minutes.
    • The airport has six car parks:
      – P1 (about 2 minutes' walk from the terminal): 1.10 EUR for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 1 for each additional 15-minute period, EUR 18 for 24 hours.
      – P1 Low Cost Plus (about 3 minutes' walk from the terminal): 12.60 EUR for 24 hours.
      – P2 (near Arrivals): EUR 1 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.90 for each additional 15-minute period, EUR 14.40 for 24 hours.
      – P2 Classic: 10.10 EUR for 24 hours.
      – P3 Low Cost (about 8 minutes' walk from the terminal): EUR 6 for 24 hours. – The Kiss & Fly drop-off point is free for the first 10 minutes, then EUR 1 for every additional 5-minute period.
    • The car hire counters are all together outside the terminal.
  • Bus
    • The Próximo company's lines 14 and 16 will take you to Faro city centre. Allow EUR 2.35 per ticket, and a journey time of between 20 and 30 minutes. For more information, see this website: https://www.proximo.pt.
  • Taxi
    • A taxi rank is situated outside the terminal, and the journey to Faro city centre takes about 10 minutes. Average cost: between 10 and EUR 12.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, internet access (Wi-Fi) inside the airport.
  • Telephone: +351 289 800 800
  • Website: https://www.aeroportofaro.pt.

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GETTING AROUND Faro

Faro is a town with an excellent bus network, although the best way to explore the town centre is on foot. The various seaside resorts of the Algarve are within easy reach thanks to numerous long-distance train and bus lines.

Town bus

Some fifteen or so lines operated by the Próximo bus company serve the entire town of Faro as well as the surrounding area. The number 16 bus is particularly useful, enabling you to reach Faro's beach (Praia de Faro). Allow EUR 2.35 per ticket (5.30 for a 24-hour ticket valid for the inner suburbs). For more information, see this website: https://www.proximo.pt.

Long-distance bus

Numerous long-distance bus lines, serving some of the Algarve's seaside towns (Vilamoura, Albufeira, Praia da Rocha), depart from the EVA Transportes company's bus station, situated near that of the Próximo company. Tickets can be bought at the ticket counter a few minutes before departure.

Please note: the seaside resorts are sometimes situated several kilometres from the arrival stations and it may be necessary to add a taxi ride to the total journey cost.

For more information, see this website: https://eva-bus.com.

Train

Faro railway station has links to some seaside resorts situated to the east of the town (Tavira, Monte Gordo, Vila Real) as well as to Lagos, situated about 90 km to the west.

Please note: the seaside resorts are sometimes situated several kilometres from the arrival stations and it may be necessary to add a taxi ride to the total journey cost.

For more information, see this website: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times/Stations/faro-station.

Taxi

Taxis are cheap, efficient and, as a general rule, the drivers are good company! Expect to spend between 7 and EUR 10 for a taxi ride in Faro town centre. Taxi rides to the Algarve's seaside resorts, on the other hand, are relatively costly and it is necessary to book the journey in advance.

Car

The roads being well maintained in this southern part of Portugal, a car is without doubt the best solution for exploring the Algarve. Where the town of Faro is concerned, it is important to note that the town centre is reserved exclusively for pedestrians.

Bike

Bike hire services are easy to find in Faro. Allow about EUR 8 per day for a town bike, EUR 13 for a mountain bike and EUR 35 for an electric bike. To explore the town still further, take a trip to the Ria Formosa natural park, consisting of coastal lagoons and small islands.

On foot

Faro, a small town typical of the Algarve, can be explored all the better on foot given that the town centre is reserved for pedestrians and its architectural heritage is worth taking your time over.

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Visitor information

Once in Faro, it is a good idea to consult tourist information centres for information and for help with planning your stay.

Faro Tourist Information Centre (Posto de Turismo - Faro)

Practical information and helpful advice (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.)

Associação Turismo do Algarve (ATA)

The office of the Associação Turismo do Algarve (ATA), located in Faro, can give you good advice for exploring the entire Algarve region.

Portugal tourist travel guide

Portugal's official tourist website is a mine of information about the town of Faro.

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Currency and Exchange Rates

Portugal's currency is the Euro (EUR).

1 р = 0,01 €

1 € = 100 р

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

In order to protect your health as much as possible when travelling, we recommend consulting the information relating to preventive measures and good practice to follow on the official website of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/portugal/.

Your comfort, well-being and health are of immense importance to Air France, and we want to support you as fully as possible in preparing for your trip. You can find our measures in place for safe travel at https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/engagement-sanitaire.htm.

Consult your doctor before travelling and take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation for health reasons. Faro has several hospitals and clinics, as well as a large number of doctors and health specialists.

Vaccination

No vaccination is required for entering Portugal.

For more information, contact your Air France international vaccination centre.

Water

The tap water in Faro is safe to drink.

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Administrative formalities

Conditions for entering Portugal

For any stay of under three months, people travelling from the European Union need only a valid identity card or passport. People travelling from other countries are, as a general rule, required to have a visa, although citizens of some countries can enter Portugal for a short stay (90 days maximum) without a visa.

For more information, see the website of the Foreigners and Borders Department (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras): https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/entrada-em-portugal.

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Useful addresses

For peace of mind when travelling to Portugal, consult the website of your country’s ministry or government department responsible for foreign affairs.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few phrases in Portuguese which may prove useful during your stay in Faro:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bom dia (morning) / Boa tarde (afternoon) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bom dia (morning) / Boa tarde (afternoon)</em>

Good evening: Boa noite Good evening: <em>Boa noite</em>

Goodbye: Adeus Goodbye: <em>Adeus</em>

Yes: Sim Yes: <em>Sim</em>

No:Não No:<em>Não</em>

No, thank you: Não, obrigado(a) No, thank you: <em>Não, obrigado(a)</em>

Thank you very much: Muito obrigado(a) Thank you very much: <em>Muito obrigado(a)</em>

Please:Por favor Please:<em>Por favor</em>

I don't understand: Eu não entendo I don't understand: <em>Eu não entendo</em>

Could you repeat?: Você pode repetir Could you repeat?: <em>Você pode repetir</em>

What time is it?: Que horas são ? What time is it?: <em>Que horas são ?</em>

Sorry: Com licença
Excuse me: Sorry: <em>Com licença<br />
</em>Excuse me:

Airport: Aeroporto Airport: <em>Aeroporto</em>

Train station: Estação Train station: <em>Estação</em>

Taxi:Táxi Taxi:<em>Táxi</em>

Hotel: Hotel Hotel: <em>Hotel</em>

Hospital:Hospital Hospital:<em>Hospital</em>

Bank:Banco Bank:<em>Banco</em>

Telephone: Telefone Telephone: <em>Telefone</em>

I'm (…): Eu sou (…) I'm (…): <em>Eu sou (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Eu procuro (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Eu procuro (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quanto custa (…)? How much is (…)?: <em>Quanto custa (…)?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Você tem (…)?
Do you have (…)?: <em>Você tem (…)?<br />
</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Onde é que há (…)? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Onde é que há (…)?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Onde posso comprar (…)? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Onde posso comprar (…)?</em>

I'd like (…): Queria (…) I'd like (…): <em>Queria (…)</em>

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Good to know

+351
+ number of the person you are calling
-4 : 00
of time difference with
Yerevan
Summer time: from the last Sunday in March
Winter time: from the last Sunday in October

BANKS
Generally open Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (some until 6 p.m.)
PUBLIC SERVICES
Generally open Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Should I tip?
In Faro, as in the rest of Portugal, tips are greatly appreciated. Waiting tables is hard work and good service definitely deserves a tip. There is no set percentage: the amount of the tip is at your discretion.