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The Faro Airport Information Guide blog provides news and updates on Faro Airport, including new flight information and more. Faro Airport Information Guide can help you find out everything you need to know about the airport before you travel. This includes up to date information on all the shops, services, facilities and more.

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    What is Fado?

    If you are travelling around Portugal, you are likely to come across fado – especially if you are spending your holiday in Lisbon. If you aren’t sure what fado is, don’t worry. Keep reading to find out more. Fado itself is a unique type of folk music said to have first been played in Lisbon.… Read more about What is Fado? The post What is Fado? appeared first on Faro...

    If you are travelling around Portugal, you are likely to come across fado – especially if you are spending your holiday in Lisbon. If you aren’t sure what fado is, don’t worry. Keep reading to find out more.

    Fado itself is a unique type of folk music said to have first been played in Lisbon. Traditional fado features guitars and mandolins, as well as a singer known as a fadista. The lyrics are usually mournful, with themes of love, loss, death and sadness.

    However, fado isn’t always so melancholy, with some fadistas adding in a bit of humour to spice up their act. Interested in finding out more? Here are a few key facts about fado…

    Fado is from the 19th century…

    The history of fado can be traced to Lisbon in the 19th century, although nobody is certain of the exact year it began. Most records trace its origins to the 1820s. Rui Vieira Nery, a fado historian, once noted, “The only reliable information on the history of Fado was orally transmitted and goes back to the 1820s and 1830s at best. But even that information was frequently modified within the generational transmission process that made it reach us today.”

    There are two kinds of fado…

    Depending on where you are in Portugal, you might hear a different kind of fado. There are two types, one that is found in Lisbon and another in the city of Coimbra. The Lisbon style is the most popular and more well-known across Portugal.

    Coimbra fado is linked to academic traditions and has a more classical style. It is also exclusively sung by men, and both the singers and musicians of the Coimbra style dress in the academic outfit of the University of Coimbra: a dark robe, cape and leggings. It is typically sung at night, usually in city squares and streets.

    Interestingly, according to tradition, if you are applauding a fado in Coimbra you should cough as if you were clearing your throat. If you are enjoying a performance in Lisbon, you would applaud as you normally would by clapping your hands.

    Fado is on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list…

    On 27 November 2011, fado was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. It is one of two Portuguese music traditions added to the list. The other is Cante Alentejano, a genre based on vocal music that was added to the list in 2014.

    Find out more before you fly…

    If you are looking to find out more about Faro and the rest of Portugal, take a look at our handy area guides. We have also written about stunning places in Portugal that are a little further away from Faro, and which you can read about here and here. Our website is kept up to date with news and information on Faro airport, including live flight details for arrivals and departures so you can find out everything you need to know before you travel.

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    Faro Airport achieves successful Airport Carbon Accreditation renewal

    Airport Carbon Accreditation recently announced that Faro Airport is among 10 Portuguese airports to successfully achieve a renewal at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. The other airports are: Lisbon Portela Airport Porto Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport Madeira Airport Horta Airport Santa Maria Airport Flores Airport Porto Santo… Read more about Faro Airport achieves successful Airport Carbon Accreditation renewal The post Faro Airport...

    Airport Carbon Accreditation recently announced that Faro Airport is among 10 Portuguese airports to successfully achieve a renewal at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. The other airports are:

    • Lisbon Portela Airport
    • Porto Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport
    • Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport
    • Madeira Airport
    • Horta Airport
    • Santa Maria Airport
    • Flores Airport
    • Porto Santo Airport
    • Beja Airport

    This renewal confirms that Faro Airport has successfully reduced its C02 output. The Airport Carbon Accreditation is part of an initiative to help airports focus on the environmental impact of their installations. The accreditation also helps airports across the world to manage, reduce and neutralise their carbon footprint.

    The Airport Carbon Accreditation was originally set up in 2009, the result of an initiative launched by ACI EUROPE’s member airports in June 2008 aimed at achieving a landmark resolution on climate change. Members were committed to reducing their carbon emissions with the goal of becoming carbon neutral. For more information, visit the Airport Carbon Accreditation website.

    If you want to find out more about Faro Airport, click here. We have up to date information on the services and facilities that you will find, including live updates on arrivals and departures. We also have information on nearby hotels, as well as the best car hire deals so you can plan your journey in advance.

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    Ryanair release summer 2020 routes early – including routes to Faro

    Ryanair have released some of their plans for the 2020 summer schedule more than 12 months early. The new schedule includes routes to Faro, as well as 13 more of the airline’s most popular holiday destinations. The early 2020 summer schedule offers flights to destinations across Europe, including Portugal, Spain, France, Greece and Italy. Flights… Read more about Ryanair release summer 2020 routes early – including routes to Faro The post Ryanair release summer 2020 routes...

    Ryanair have released some of their plans for the 2020 summer schedule more than 12 months early. The new schedule includes routes to Faro, as well as 13 more of the airline’s most popular holiday destinations.

    The early 2020 summer schedule offers flights to destinations across Europe, including Portugal, Spain, France, Greece and Italy. Flights will be available from several airports, including Edinburgh, East Midlands, Stansted, Luton and Manchester. The later parts of Ryanair’s summer schedule have not yet been released, but they are expected to be available in the early autumn of this year.

    Currently, proposed plans for the early portions of the 2020 summer schedule include Faro, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Alicante, Málaga and Palma in Spain. There will also be flights to Milan, Venice and Pisa in Italy, routes to Marseille, Nice and Toulouse in France, and connections to Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece.

    Discussing the new schedule, a spokeswoman for Ryanair said, “We are very excited to launch the best of our summer 2020 schedule with Europe’s most popular routes on sale earlier than ever.

    “Routes to France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are on sale now from the Ryanair.com website, and European customers and visitors can book the lowest fares on their favourite routes more than 12 months in advance.”

    If you are planning ahead or just looking to find out more about the flights and routes at Faro Airport, we can help. We have live updates on all the arrivals and departures to help you plan ahead. We also have plenty of handy guides and information on Faro Airport itself so you can find out everything you need.

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    More day excursions from Faro

    Faro is a great place to start if you want to explore the Algarve and other parts of Portugal, and even Spain. Last time, we took a look at five fantastic locations close to Faro that gave a taste of what the area has to offer – including rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful beaches… Read more about More day excursions from Faro The post More day excursions from Faro appeared first on Faro...

    Faro is a great place to start if you want to explore the Algarve and other parts of Portugal, and even Spain. Last time, we took a look at five fantastic locations close to Faro that gave a taste of what the area has to offer – including rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful beaches and countryside to relax in and explore. This time we’ve got a few more amazing places for you to discover…

    Praia da Quinta do Lago

    Praia da Quinta do Lago sunset

    If you are a fan of the beautiful combination of sand, nature and wildlife that Ria Formosa has to offer, you will love Praia da Quinta do Lago. Home to flamingos and other birds, Praia da Quinta do Lago is a beautiful stretch of fine golden sands that is backed up by lovely wetlands with a 1,000-foot (305-metre) long bridge that connects it to the mainland. The beach itself is nice and quiet and has been awarded the EU “Blue Flag” thanks to the high standards of maintenance, water quality, safety and environmental management.

    Praia da Quinta do Lago takes about an hour and a half to get to if you plan on driving there from Faro. Alternatively, if you want to explore the Portuguese countryside by foot, you can walk along Faro’s main beach to get there. If you’re planning on walking, keep in mind that it’s a long walk with very little shade along the way.

    Sevilla

    Seville - Spain

    If you fancy a break from the beaches, why not go for a city trip instead? Sevilla is the capital of Spain’s Andalucía region and is famous for flamenco dancing and a rich history of Moorish culture and architecture throughout the city. There is plenty to see and do in Sevilla – so much so that you might even want to go back for more! If you don’t have time to explore it all, we have a few highlights for you to see. This includes the royal Alcázar palace, which was used as the home of House Martell in Game of Thrones.

    Sevilla takes close to two hours to get to by car, and is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) east of Faro itself. You can also get there by bus for €50 on a round trip (make sure to double-check prices before you go), which takes up for three hours.

    Lisbon

    Aerial view of Lisbon at night, Portugal. Sao Jorge Castle

    As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon is perfect if you want to explore a beautiful city. There’s a great range of places to eat and drink, including bars along the river – fantastic for a drink in the sunshine. You are unlikely to see everything Lisbon has to offer in just one day, so make sure to plan ahead before you go. The Old Town, however, is known to be pleasant for a day trip thanks to its relatively compact size, making it easy to walk around and explore.

    You can get to Lisbon by car or using the high-speed train service from Faro. Both options will take you about three hours in total. Depending on where you are staying, you might be able to arrange a day excursion with a mini-van, with pick-up and drop-off from your hotel.

    Gibraltar

    Rock of Gibraltar in southern part of Iberian Peninsula.

    If you’re up for a longer journey, you could head on to Gibraltar. Don’t forget your passport if you do go, as you’ll be entering and re-entering Spain. Gibraltar is well worth the trip if you can make it there to see the sights, including the famous Rock of Gibraltar, the Moorish castle and the Gibraltar Nature Reserve. You will also get to see the Barbary apes, the last wild monkeys in Europe. The monkeys are extremely cute and definitely draw lots of attention from tourists. It is, however, advised to remain cautious around the monkeys, and not feed them. They have been known to snatch belongings too.

    If you do plan to explore Gibraltar, be prepared for a longer trip. It takes up to a four-hour drive from Faro and there are no direct public transport links. If you don’t want to drive all the way there, you can try to find one of the guided tours from Faro.

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    Interesting historic facts about Faro

    Faro is popular with tourists across the world thanks to its brilliant beaches and close proximity to several natural parks and enchanting towns. There is plenty to see and do no matter what you’re interested in. If you’re a history fan, you might be interested to know that Faro also has a rich past. Take… Read more about Interesting historic facts about Faro The post Interesting historic facts about Faro appeared first on Faro...

    Faro is popular with tourists across the world thanks to its brilliant beaches and close proximity to several natural parks and enchanting towns. There is plenty to see and do no matter what you’re interested in. If you’re a history fan, you might be interested to know that Faro also has a rich past. Take a look below to find out some quick historic facts about Faro and the Algarve.

    The history of Faro – Ossonoba

    The area that is now Faro was once known as Ossonoba, originally attracting settlers and traders since the Paleolithic era thanks to its location near the Ria Formosa lagoon (now a popular nature reserve). Both the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians are said to have occupied Ossonoba, helping to create trade routes across the area, among other initiatives.

    Moorish history and architecture

    Ossonoba was taken over by the Moors in the eighth century, although the area was allowed to retain its status as the main port town in the south-west of the Iberian peninsula. In the 500 years of Moorish rule, the city also became the capital of the kingdom in the ninth century. It was during this time that the city was given its current name, Faro. Eventually, Faro was taken over by the Christians, as were many other areas across the Iberian peninsula.

    Christian rule

    Under the new Christian rulership, Faro was established as the capital of the Algarve region by King Afonso III of Portugal. The city of Faro became a centre of culture and learning as a result. In fact, some of the earliest printed books in Portugal were created in the city by a Jewish printer in the 15th century.

    What came next?

    In 1596, Faro was plundered by the Earl of Essex and his men, who looted the library of the Bishop of the Algarve. Much of the city was also plundered and was later burned to the ground. These books and other texts are currently part of the Bodleian library at the University of Oxford. Faro suffered more disaster in 1722 when it was ravaged by an earthquake, and again in 1755.

    Parts of the historic area of Faro, particularly the city centre, survived the disaster. This, of course, means that much of the area that surrounds it was built after 1755. In 1834, the city had recovered and once again became the capital of the Algarve.

    If you are interested in learning more about Faro, take a look at our authoritative area guides to help you plan your holiday before you travel. There are several towns and places to explore across Faro that are rich in history and culture. If you are flying to Faro this summer (or any other time of the year) take a look at our live flight details for departures and arrivals before you leave.

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    Iberia resume flights to Madrid from Faro Airport

    Spanish airline Iberia has announced plans to operate at least four weekly flights between Faro Airport and Madrid. Daily flights will also be operated between Funchal and Madrid over the course of the summer schedule. According to Iberia, by reintroducing these routes they aim to further strengthen the offer of seats and improve on the… Read more about Iberia resume flights to Madrid from Faro Airport The post Iberia resume flights to Madrid from Faro Airport appeared first on Faro...

    Spanish airline Iberia has announced plans to operate at least four weekly flights between Faro Airport and Madrid. Daily flights will also be operated between Funchal and Madrid over the course of the summer schedule. According to Iberia, by reintroducing these routes they aim to further strengthen the offer of seats and improve on the number available during the previous year.

    Iberia are aiming to offer 145 per cent more seats on flights to and from Faro Airport compared to last year. The flights operated over the summer months will use A320 planes, which have a larger capacity of seats available. These planes will be able to seat between 141 and 200 passengers, allowing more people to travel to Faro and other destinations. The four-time weekly flight schedule from Madrid to Faro will continue until 26 October, with the potential for five flights in July and eight in August.

    The continuation of flights to and from Faro Airport comes as part of Iberia’s plans to offer more flights to different destinations and to increase the number of seats available. The newly resumed route from Madrid to Funchal, for example, will be taking place twice a week and began on the 13th of this month, three months ahead of the start of the summer season. The number of flights is expected to increase in the peak summer season. Iberia have estimated that this will increase capacity by 64 per cent compared to the previous summer season.

    Currently, Iberia operate 132 weekly flights between Faro, Funchal, Lisbon, Porto and Madrid. The company is aiming to offer more than 1.10 million seats on flights between Portugal and Spain in 2019. This represents 7.56 per cent more than the total number of flights in 2018.

    For more information on flights to and from Faro Airport, take a look at our dedicated flights page. We also have live information on arrivals and departures to help you plan your journey before you travel.

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