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The capital of the Algarve serves up some of the best holidays in Portugal: blazing sunshine, golden beaches a short taxi ride away, a beautiful old town with plazas and cobbled streets and a food scene filled with big flavours and delicious local produce. 

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Plenty of people flock to the charming southern city to catch some rays – and no wonder. With 300 days of sunshine a year and a never ending stretch of butter-coloured sand lapped by turquoise waves nearby, it’s as popular with sunbathers as it is with surfers.

In the pretty old town travellers relax with coffee and custard tarts in the cobbled plazas, feast on the day’s catch in a little local bar, stroll around the Museu Municipal and admire the mishmash of architecture at the castle-like Sé cathedral.

Just outside the city, the Algarve’s famous greenways and smooth cycling trails beckon. Sunseeker or shopper, surfer or sightseer, Faro does not disappoint.