The small city of Faro stands near the coast in southern Portugal. It is the capital of the Algarve region. Faro is a university city and a transport hub, but it is as a tourist centre that it is best known. Millions of visitors arrive in the Algarve via Faro's international airport, which stands three miles to the west of the city. Not so many stop to explore Faro itself, but you're hiring a car in Faro, it's easy to investigate its under-rated sights and surroundings. And a car makes it much easier to get to the beach – it's six miles from the city centre.