At only a two-hour flight away from Lyon, head to the Portuguese city of Faro
With a Lyon-Faro flight, you can explore the abundance of the natural parks bordering Andalusia in Spain and the famous lagoons of the Ria Formosa.
This ancient Roman walled city and the Algarve region in the southern-most part of the country, which is renowned for its beaches and its countless golf courses.
Stroll through the old town, take pictures of the Episcopal palace and Faro cathedral, and get a taste of the good life in the many surrounding coastal resorts.
Useful information about Faro
Get away from it all on a desert island
Barreta Island off the coast of Faro is affectionately known as Isla Deserta, a name it wears well. This small, uninhabited strip of land accessible only by ferry boasts one of the most beautiful beachesin Portugal. Eleven kilometres of golden sand and aquamarine water–an unspoiled paradise perfect for sunbathing, windsurfing, kitesurfing...
Practise yout swing in a stunning seascape
The southern coast of the Algarve, the region around Faro, is a golfer’s grail. With its top-notch courses and enchanting setting–nestled in moors or perched atop cliffs overlooking the ocean, with striking dunes and silvery olive trees to top it all off–the Algarve offers some of the bestgolfing in Europe.
Lose yourself in the meandering Ria Formosa
An aquatic labyrinth made up of lagoons, canals and sun-bleached sand bars, the vast and wonderfully well-preservedRia FormosaNatural Park lies at the city’s doorstep. Once part of the Roman Empire, traces of which can still be seen in the bath ruins at Praia da Luz, this natural wonderland is a haven of dream beaches, hiking trails, and birdwatching sites.
Delight in the colours of the Palácio de Estói
After exploring Faro's old town, visiting the Capela dos Ossos and admiring the view from the Cathedral clock tower, venture even higher with a jaunt up to the village of Estoi. Its eponymous Palácio, which has been converted into a hotel, is a gem of rococo architecture, in rich colours and set among magnificent gardens.
Find the secret Benagil Sea Cave
It is one of the Algarve'smost hidden treasures. From Faro, make your way to the charming coastal town of Carvoeiro. There, look for the tiny Praia de Benagil, an unspoiled site where, hidden in the rocks, nature has carvedout one of themost spectacular beaches on the planet.