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Faro’s favourite saint

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Every October, the town centre of Faro is dedicated to Saint Irene (or, as the Portuguese call her, Santa Iria). From 19t until 29th of October, Largo de Sao Francisco will be bristling with activity, fragrant food stalls, colourful displays, art exhibitions and entertainment for all generations.

Though travel agencies usually say the best time to visit the Algarve is between April and September because these are the warmest months (average temperatures of 29 degrees Celsius during the day, with 12 hours of sunshine a day), Saint Irene’s Fair is a wonderful experience that will surely make you fall in love with the locals and their culture, even if you’re not religious. Because this lovely city serves as an excellent starting point for exploring the stunning countryside of the Algarve, flights to Faro open up a world of possibilities and exciting places to explore.

Nature lovers will be interested to hear that Faro is also located next to the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres and a stopping place for countless different species of birds during the spring and autumn because these are the migratory periods. So during October, the lagoon will be paradise for birdwatchers!

If you fancy a bit of sand between your toes during your short break in Portugal, we’ve got more good news for you: there is a long, sandy beach only seven kilometres from the city, which can reached via a bridge.

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