The airport in Faro is not huge so you wont get lost but it’s very clean and very well laid out. Around 9 million passengers per year pass through the airport. Apart from one odd flight with Airtransit to Toronto all other flights are to European destinations. Ryanair and Easyjet dominate the low cost carriers but they are joined by all the familiar European airlines.
The airport is located just 4kms outside of Faro City. Most travellers head west along the Algarve to the main resorts: Quinta Do Lago & Vale Do Lobo (25 mins drive), Vilamoura (30 min drive), Albufeira (35 min drive) & Portimao (55 min drive) however it is well worth fitting in a half day visit to Faro City itself.
Adding a touring / driving element to your holiday gives you some great options. You could fly into Faro but out of Lisbon, Porto, Seville and Jerez, which are all within a few hours drive. The only thing to consider here is that your car hire company may have special charges for taking your hire car into Spain or dropping off at another airport.
A great diversion on your way back to the airport is the fantastic new Mar Shopping Centre which has opened in Loulé. Here you will find the latest Designer Outlet with over 50 brands offering some great deals.. The airport departures are displayed on flat screens within the actual Mar Shopping Centre. You will also find the usual high street brands and a large Ikea store here. As it is just a15 minute drive to Faro Airport this could be a great way of passing time if you are on a late flight.