Algarve is from the original Arabic al-Gharb meaning ‘fantastic short break destination with guaranteed sun’.
The region in the south of Portugal has always had an appeal for Scottish visitors, drawn by beaches, bars, laid-back fish restaurants and the occasional golf course.
The balmy climate helps, with temperatures usually holding steady in the mid to upper 20s, softened by Atlantic breezes.
Today’s Big Deal offers flights and accommodation in Faro, the region’s attractive and buzzing hub, the perfect base for relaxed trips along the coast, and a little sightseeing.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you direct to Faro with Ryanair from Glasgow Prestwick and includes hand luggage and three nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a standard double or twin room at the Stay Hotel Faro Centro.
Departure dates are as follows:
7th, 10th, 14th, 21st, 28th May
4th, 7th, 14th, 18th, 21st June
Outbound flights depart Glasgow Prestwick on Wednesdays at 07:20, arriving into Faro at 10:30. For Sundays, flights depart at 09:25, arriving at 13:35.
Inbound flights depart at 10:55, arriving at 14:00.
Other airports and dates may be available subject to extra surcharge. Please enquire by calling directly.
The modern five-storey Stay Hotel Faro Centro is located right in the heart of the city, close to the commercial buzz of downtown, and just a five minute walk from the Sé, the cathedral, and the old town.
Air-conditioned guest rooms have satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, free Wifi and safety deposit box. Please note the hotel cannot guarantee if the booked room will be with twin beds or a double bed.
The hotel has a bar and restaurant, serving international cuisine and Portuguese dishes.
Faro is often bypassed by visitors heading out to their Algarve resorts, but it is an enjoyable and attractive city with plenty to see.
Enter the walled old town by the Moorish Arco Da Vila gate and explore atmospheric streets, with imposing old buildings such as the Cathedral, Episcopal Palace and the Nossa Senhora convent.
The beautiful Ria Formosa nature park and bird sanctuary surrounds the lagoons and salt flats around Faro. Boat tours from the marina visit the sand bar islands, or you can join a guided kayak tour or bird-watching excursion.
Faro’s own beach, the Praia da Faro, is a pleasant contrast to some of the Algarve’s major resorts. It’s a relaxed spot, popular with local families, with plenty of bars, sardine grills and restaurants.
The Ilha Deserta beaches, on a sand bar south of Faro, are even more tranquil, beautiful stretches of sand with an almost tropical feel.
The Stay Hotel Faro Centro has plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor, including these recent reviews, edited for length:
‘Room was good size, well maintained and clean. The location of the hotel was great and it was easy to walk around Faro with this as a great base.’
‘The rooms are cosy and very clean. Also very quiet. The staff are excellent, so friendly and helpful.’
Scottish tourists never tire of the Algarve, and this Big Deal offer to Faro puts you right in the heart of the region.
With direct daytime flights and comfortable central accommodation it is the perfect way to combine a relaxed beach getaway and a stimulating city break.