Algarve, Faro Beach
de Faro's lengthy strand.
many direct foreign flights head for Faro this is not a great tourist
destination. The little old town is pleasant enough with the usual
Moorish walls, churches and missable mansions, though the bone room
(Capela dos Ossos) - constructed out of the bones of 1,000 monks -
in Nossa Senhora do Carmo is fascinating and inspires much mortal
The outskirts of Faro are a mass of new apartment blocks.
Portugal's beaches all the way from Faro to Tavira in the eastern
Algarve are basically huge sandbanks that you need a short ferry ride
to access, with the exception of this one, Praia de Faro, which has
a small bridge to aid access for sand snugglers and the wealthy few
who actually live on the sandbank.
The big trouble with Praia de Faro is it's near the airport, which
is a long and inconvenient hike from Faro's tourist centre, unless
you have a hire car.
Still, once you get there the sand is soft and it's very spacious.
The Algarve from east to west:Downside
| Tavira | Faro
| Albufeira | Portimao
west (Atlantic) coast beaches: Surfing
| Guincho | Ericeira
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