Golda Sol

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Traveling from Malaga to Faro

by H2SA

Hi,
Would we be able to travel from Malaga, Spain to Portugal for a daytrip?

Would it be best to travel by train or can we hire a car for the trip?

Thanks!

Re: Traveling from Malaga to Faro

by puerto_lover

This is a long way - about 255 miles and so would not be a day trip. There are trains and buses from Malaga to Seville and from Seville you can only take a bus - no train.
Look at Driving Directions on GOOGLE MAPS ?
If you hire a car check that the rental company is happy for 'cross border' use.

Re: Traveling from Malaga to Faro

by puerto_lover

if you wanted to sit on the same bus from Malaga to Faro then you can but it takes around 6 hours. Have a look at www.alsa.es
Entering Portugal you need to adjust your watch and take OFF one hour !
There are buses (few) running from Seville to Faro - maybe two per day ! No chance of a railway between the Algarve and Spain.

Re: Traveling from Malaga to Faro

by Windsailor

Hi, as written before the trip is longish to say the least. Now, if you just love to drive no matter what the trip might not seem that long. Start your trip at 07:00 in the morning in Málaga and you´ll be in Portugal driving relaxed at 11:00 or so traffic permitting. Take the direct highway from Málaga to Sevilla, don´t do Málaga-Marbella-Ronda-Sevilla road, while very beautifull it can be very slow to drive. Sevilla can be a nightmare because of the traffic so don´t go through the city, use the ringroads either to north or to south which border the city, this is a way to avoid a mess driving through this(wonderfull)city. Sevilla is very big and thick constructed. From Sevilla the road goes directly to Portugal Algarve region, and after Sevilla there should not be any hassles traffic wise. There is only one bigger place on the road from Sevilla to Algarve on the Spanish side; Huelva, but the road takes you around this fishermen´s town.

When coming back from Algarve, why don´t you considere driving, instead of the same way back, going from Faro crossing Portuguese countryside to Mérida in Spain and from there back to Málaga. Mérida and Extremadura region on both sides of the border is very beautifull and full of small and not so small villages and towns with tons of Spanish and Portuguese history. Check these places out if you´re interested in Spanish and Portuguese history.

Re: Traveling from Malaga to Faro

by cubsur

I can just confirm that a day trip from Malaga to Faro is impossible by public transport - it is just too far and the buses are too infrequent.

Re: Traveling from Malaga to Faro

by cubsur

Sorry but flying Malaga - Faro is not an option. Faro airport has no flights from Spain except Air Berlin's daily flight from Palma (Mallorca) plus in summer there will be one flight a week from Madrid with Ryanair.

Hiring a car is the only way to do a day trip but I have to asked - why bother? Faro is not very special.

Travel Tips for Faro

You do not go to the Algarve...

by Tertius

You do not go to the Algarve to check out monuments or study local culture.
It is to relaxed for that. Get some sun, do some diving, SEE THE CAVES / ROCKS, have sunset cocktails on the beach, get rid of stress.

The name Albufeira is derived...

by ankx

The name Albufeira is derived from the Arab name 'Al-buhera' meaning 'the Sea Castle' most probably due to the proximity of the sea and/or the lagoon which would form at the lower area of the settlement. The Arabs built solid defense fortifications, rendering the settlement almost impregnable - one of the reasons why the Arabs managed to keep Albufeira in their power for a longer time. The development of agriculture was notable as new techniques and plant species were introduced. The Arabs introduced the plough as well as watermills to bring water up from wells. They also introduced new irrigation methods namely the construction of dams and dikes, thus transforming barren zones into cultivated areas and orchards. ALBUFEIRA

Sporting Clube Farense

by SWFC_Fan

Historically, SC Farense have been the most successful football club in the Algarve region of Portugal.

As recently as 1995, SC Farense achieved their highest ever position by finishing 5th in Portugal's top division. The following year they competed in the UEFA Cup.

Those days must seem a long time ago now to the hardy band of faithful fans who still turn up regularly to cheer on the "Algarve Lions". In 2002, the club's decline began when they were relegated from the top division. They then suffered the ignominy of being relegated twice more in the next two seasons. The poor performances on the field, coupled with financial problems off the field, meant that when we arrived in Faro in January 2007, SC Farense were playing in the second division of the regionalised Algarve District Championship - quite a fall from grace!!

We were alerted to Farense's home game against Moncarapachense when we spotted a poster in a shop window in the centre of Faro. The poster stated that the game kicked off at 3pm in the impressive 30,000 all seater Estadio Algarve (a sparkling new stadium, purpose built for the Euro 2004 tournament), so we paid 11 Euros to get a taxi out to the stadium, which is located half way between Faro and Loule.

When we arrived at the stadium, it was practically empty. We purchased our tickets for just 2.50 Euros each and took our seats on the sparsely populated stand.

The standard of football was pretty poor, but the game was entertaining, ending in a 4-2 victory to Farense. At the time of writing this tip, Farense top their division by a consideable margin and appear to be about to start their climb back up the Portuguese footballing ladder. You can find details of their results here:

http://www.esec-tomas-cabreira.rcts.pt/roque/futreg.htm As at January 2007, Farense were playing their home games in the Estadio Algarve. This impressive stadium was far too large for the couple of hundred fans that turned up for the game against Moncarapachense, but in a region devoid of top football teams, this is as good a use as any for it!

Despite the small crowd in the large stadium, the Farense faithful did their best to create an atmosphere. A group of 20-30 home fans with drums, horns and impressive singing voices created an atmosphere that would put to shame the noise created at some English league games these days.

During the match, we learnt that a free supporters coach transports fans to and from the game from Faro's previous stadium in Faro town centre. We therefore saved on the taxi fare on the return journey and hopped on the coach along with a dozen or so local fans.

You can buy beer and snacks during half time from a small kiosk beneath the main stand.

If you are in Faro on a weekend, be sure to go along and cheer on SC Farense as they attempt their climb back to the top!!

Milreu

by Willettsworld

Located about 10km (6 miles) to the north of Faro, Milreu is a fine example of a major Roman villa that shows signs of having been continuously inhabited from the first to the tenth century AD. At the end of the third century AD, the residential area was reorganised around a large central peristyle whose colonnades surrounded an open patio with a garden and pool. The main entrance was given a monumental style in the fourth century AD, while the peristyle and baths were embellished with mosaics depicting marine life and shells. Simultaneously, an imposing temple dedicated to a water god was built on the south side of the road and was, in the fifth century, turned into a paleo-Christian church.

Open: 9.30am-12.30pm & 2-6pm Tues-Sun, closed Mondays. Admission: €2

Directions: Take N2 out of Faro towards Sao Bras de Alportel and turn off at Estoi.

Fly to Faro.

by billyarrow

Hire a car, if you can.
There is a dependable bus service right along the Algarve coast, but obviously this is slow because of the many stops.
A train service runs most of the length of the coast, but I have no practical experience of this.

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