Often dismissed as just the airport city of the Algarve, Faro is a hugely underestimated city and one well worth exploring.
With a pretty walled old town and a bustling city centre, along with its beautiful marina, it's a great place to explore on foot. Its famed for its nightlife, with bars and clubs going into the early hours, especially in the summer months, equally there are a number of great restaurants to enjoy here if you don't fancy hitting a nightclub. You can easily find a delicious three course meal here with wine from as little as £10 and the quality of the food is excellent. If you're a fan of fish, you simply have to try the salt cod, which is a real local delicacy as is the pork with clams.
Visit the Chapel of Bones, an extraordinary sight where the bones of monks removed from the adjoining cemetery in 1816 are attached to every surface. The archaeological museum, which in itself is a beautiful sight, with its gargoyled cloisters underneath the building. Of course the city's cathedral and the surrounding square is also a popular place to visit and you'll find some lovely places to relax over a meal or a coffee under the orange trees nearby.