This southernmost city in Portugal is a popular summer destination for lovers of the sun worldwide, but the city and its surroundings are well worth exploring year round. Don’t miss the unique Bone Chapel and the sights of Old Town, before you hop in your rental car and explore the Portuguese countryside!
For hot summer weather, you’ll want to visit Faro June through September—which is also the season when many of the world’s travellers also flock to the region—but Faro is also a comfortable place to visit in the spring and winter, which is quite mild.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. Many Portuguese people learn English and other foreign languages during their public education, though only about 30% speak fluent English; 20% of the population speaks French. Although few Portuguese people speak fluent Spanish, native Spanish speakers will likely find that they are well understood throughout the country.
The currency in Portugal is the euro, and credit cards are widely accepted at grocery and retail stores. Take advantage of frequent ATMs to have cash on hand for restaurants, bakeries, and butcheries.
The time zone in Faro is the Western European Time Zone, UTC+0.
Car hire in Faro, Portugal is available in 6 locations, including the Faro Airport, downtown Faro, and Faro Montenegro.
Praia da Marinha is one of the Algarve region’s most beautiful beaches and is well worth the visit. Located 60 km west of Faro, this beach is an excellent day-trip destination.
As a Schengen country, Portugal accepts visitors from many countries around the world visa-free for up to 90 days. Double check entry requirements for your nationality before you depart, as you may be required to apply for a visa in advance of your departure.
Drivers in Portugal may strike tourists as erratic and hurried, so drive defensively until you adjust to the quick pace of the roads.
Car hire in Faro starts as low as $3 a day, though a price of around $9 is more typical. Here are some of the best deals on cheap car hire in Faro:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
There is some seasonal variation in price in Portugal; you can expect the price of a rental car to be slightly more expensive in the spring and summer than in the colder seasons. However, you can still get an excellent price on your rental car if you book 1 to 6 months in advance of your expected arrival date.
The best locations for economy car hire in Faro are the Faro Airport and downtown Faro, and the airport price still often beats the downtown price by around $10 a day. Orbita Viagens Rent a Car is a particularly inexpensive downtown brand, while Best Deal and InterRent offer the cheapest prices at the airport.
If you prefer to rent from internationally recognized rental companies, extend your rental period to over a week in order to save $3 to $10 a day.