The 7 Best Airbnbs in Faro, Portugal

Faro, Portugal.
Faro, Portugal. | © S.Gruene / Shutterstock
Photo of Nina Santos
14 August 2018

The chances are you’ll fall in love with Portugal’s exotic Algarve region, the southernmost part of the country lined with beautiful beaches and natural coastal treasures, golf resorts, and a unique history, while staying around Faro, the regional capital. Airbnb offers a unique range of accommodations, and even though there are plenty of hotels and spa resorts in the area, these properties add a touch of home comfort in addition to striking extras. Here are seven of the best Airbnbs in Faro, Portugal.

Duplex with Sea View

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Dreamers Duplex with Seaview | © Airbnb

This bright and colorful apartment provides enough space for up to five people to fit comfortably, and offers an excellent sea view from the terrace (where there is a table that’s perfect for meals under the sun and stars). A five-minute walk is all that stands between this lovely apartment and Faro’s historic downtown, public transportation, restaurants, bars, and the marina. It’s a perfect romantic spot for couples, or a convenient resting place for a small group of friends or a family.

Traditional Townhouse

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A room in Olhao TownHouse
A room in Olhao TownHouse | © Duarte / Airbnb
This traditional townhouse in Olhão, just outside Faro, provides a unique Algarvean experience from the azulejo walls to the Moorish rooftops, and it is close to the historic fish market. In addition to the main amenities provided, this beautiful house also comes with a barbecue area and shaded places to sit outside on the terrace.

Island Home

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Casa de praia paradisiaca | © Airbnb

This bright and traditional house provides an unforgettable island escape just off Faro’s coast on the Ilha da Culatra. It’s perfect for a family of six, with two bedrooms and four beds, and the house is a short walk from the sea. The Ilha da Culatra is one of the region’s charming secret islands in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a lagoon system that’s one of Portugal’s Seven Natural Wonders, and is easily accessible by ferry or on a scenic water taxi ride. Special features that help make this spot stand out include a pool and fireplace.

House in city center

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Living room in contemporary city centre house
Living room in contemporary city centre house | © Vera / Airbnb

Stay within a five minute’s walking distance from Faro’s historic downtown in this contemporary home. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops, this modern and bright property is conveniently located, and the rooftop terrace is an excellent spot to enjoy meals or cool drinks with a view.

Wood house on a beach dune

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Entire house on Faro beach
Entire house on Faro beach | © Mylene / Airbnb

Sitting in the dunes of Faro beach is this charming home that looks like the stuff of Nicholas Sparks books. The three bedrooms are comfortable for a small family or a small group of friends, and the house offers a terrace that looks out over the beach. This is a great place for anyone who wants to spend days under the Portuguese sun and evenings eating fresh seafood from one of the local restaurants.

Hinterland villa overlooking Palace

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Kitchen in spacious villa
Kitchen in spacious villa | © Emilie / Airbnb

For anyone who would rather be a little further from the water and who doesn’t mind spending a little more to rent an entire villa, this property is definitely worth considering. Located next door to the Palacio de Estoi, it is a short, 10-minute drive from Faro’s main sights and oozes tranquility. The house is a mix of traditional, classic, and contemporary, adding a timeless feel, and rooftop terraces offer different romantic spots to catch sunsets and appreciate the view.

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Artistic house in Olhão

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Artistic House in Olhão | © Airbnb

This is a wonderful house for medium-sized groups, and perfect for family reunions, in the historic town of Olhao. Bright, colorful, and distinctive, this spacious eight-bedroom house is used as an art school for part of the year, clearly visible by the works that adorn the walls. Three courtyards, multiple roof terraces, and its eight bedrooms ensure space and ambiance for events and peaceful corners when individuals need quiet.