Visit Faro

In the Algarve, regional festivals and fairs abound where you can appreciate the local fruits of the land, so feel free to venture into the fields of gastronomy, clothing and local crafts. Here are some of our examples of what you can find in the Algarve capital, Faro.

Feira de Santa Iria

In Faro, the Largo de São Francisco Square is the place where the Fair of Santa Iria is held annually in the month of October. Under a large covered area, you can find almost anything, from simple cooking utensils to stands serving traditional Portuguese dishes.

The Faro Book Fair

One of the most important cultural events in the South, the Faro Book Fair attracts thousands of visitors. Organised in the best open-air spot in the city – the Manuel Bivar Gardens at the Doca de Faro – the possibilities for a great, affordable purchases are endless. In addition to the books on sale, there are daily performances of music and theatre, as well as story-telling contests and the participation of the authors themselves.

Date: End of July/Beginning of August. Lasting 15 days; dates vary yearly

Place: Manuel Bivar Gardens (Jardim Manuel Bivar)

Organised by: Faro City Hall

Fair of Sweets, Dried Fruits and Regional Beverages

For the last 19 years, the local borough government of the Freguesia da Sé in Faro has promoted small manufacturers producing hand-made goodies at the Fair of Sweets, Dried Fruits and Regional Beverages.

Since its inception, the fair has sought to give greater exposure among the local population and visitors to those artisans who are proud of their talents in baking, making sweets and producing dried fruits and regional beverages.

This event enlivens the warm summer nights of August with all sorts of traditional treats.

Date: Second half of August

Place: Passeio da Doca in Faro

Organised by: Junta de Freguesia da Sé

Known for the magnificent countryside that extends over the green countryside and laps at the blue of the sea, the Algarve is recognised internationally for its excellent golf courses. Click on the link below and discover what it is about our golf courses that takes our golfers’ breath away.

A mild climate, with on average more than 300 days of sunshine per year, is what stretches the golfing season over several months and what beckons golfers to the Algarve from all over the world.

The excellence of the Algarve’s establishments is embellished by the varieties of trees and vegetation as well as the lush greens, tees and the overall tranquillity of the spot. The only sound you will hear is a whack as your club hits the perfect shot. Irresistible!

Golf in Vilamoura

The golf capital par excellence in Portugal, Vilamoura also enjoys the status of being the finest golf destination in Europe.

Golf Courses with special events

A prime area for golf in Europe, the Algarve has golf courses designed by some of the foremost architects and designers in the field.