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Faro, located in the sunny south of Portugal, has a reputation as an overcrowded beach party tourist trap, but those who use the town as a hub for travelling via cheap car rental in Faro downtown around the more remote parts of the region will find the real Portugal almost everywhere. Outside the main tourist areas this is a beautiful, peaceful corner of Europe.
Faro is easy to get to, with its airport hosting package tour and budget airline flights from across Europe and also from Canada and a high-speed express train runs from Portugals capital, Lisbon. There are also bus services from Lisbon as well as from Seville and Madrid in Spain. Faros Old City sits just off the harbour. Car rental in Faro dowtown is also available.
Known as the Centro Historico, the old town has quaint cobblestone streets and Moorish-influenced architecture as well as 18th century Portuguese buildings. The tiny streets, white-painted homes and little local stores and eateries make for a peaceful walk around an area virtually untouched by time.
Faro is a very popular destination during its summer high season, making it tricky to find accommodation if not booked well in advance. However, the inhabitants do a roaring trade each summer letting out rooms in their homes to desperate tourists, and its great way to see how the people live.
Faro lies in the famous Algarve region, rich in culture and history. A popular option with travellers is car rental in Faro downtown, giving an opportunity to escape the crowds and see the real Portugal at leisure. The region boasts a good rad network, although in some remote areas roads are just tracks. Care is needed as local drivers have some unusual habits, particularly when overtaking on blind bends.