Faro Cathedral, Portugal (exterior)

Visit the Faro French Film Festival, Algarve

Lovers of Gallic cinema should head to Faro this October for the 14th French Film Festival, taking place from the 30th October — 2nd November 2013 at the Municipal Theatre of Faro, Figuras. Single tickets to the screenings are available for just €3.50, or for €15 you can snap up a 5 session card. Serious movie buffs will want to make the most of the festival by investing in a 20 session card for €25.

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You can expect to see French classics such as Les Amantes Du Pont Neuf by Leos Carax (showing on October 31st) and Camille Redouble by Noemie Lvovsky (showing on November 1st), making this event a must-attend for all fans of French cinema.

Faro is a beautiful city

Getting There

Faro is situated in southern Portugal and is the capital of the Algarve region, with a Mediterranean climate that attracts visitors year round. You can fly to Faro from most major UK airports with Monarch, British Airways, EasyJet or First Choice, and with a flight time of around 2 hours 30 minutes from London, you could soon be enjoying the sunny climate of the Algarve.

October is the perfect time of year to head for Portugal, as it’s quieter off season yet still warm, with average temperatures of around 15-20 degrees centigrade. The summer months can get very busy, particularly at the beach, so an autumn break is the perfect time to explore the area.

Whether you decide to stay in the city or decide to head to one of the resorts along the coast, the area is great for families and couples alike, with plenty of golden sandy beaches to keep the kids entertained.

Out and About in Faro

When you’re taking a break from French films, you’ll find plenty to see and do in Faro and the surrounding area. Head for the Praia de Faro or the Praia da Culatra, two of the region’s most popular beaches for sun worshippers.

Faro Cathedral is a popular tourist spot
Faro Cathedral, Portugal © Glen Bowman

Or why not enjoy a stroll around Faro Harbour, watching the fishermen go about their daily business? Head for Faro Cathedral where you’ll experience stunning views from the top of the tower, or make for the ”˜Arco da Vila’ the huge neo-classicist arch (inaugurated in 1812) which marks the entrance to the Old Town. Here you’ll enjoy a quaint ambiance as you wander around the shops and restaurants.

Those looking for a beach off the beaten track should head for nearby Ilha de Faro, one of the least crowded beaches in the whole of the Algarve!

Further Afield in Faro

Of course, you don’t have to stay in Faro for the film festival — there are plenty of other resorts nearby too. The pretty town of Carvoeiro has a traditional Portuguese feel, away from the hustle and bustle of Faro. Its main square hosts a vibrant night market most nights, and the sheltered beach here is surrounded by cliffs, making it ideal for families. You’ll find plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops, and for the adventurous, there’s a water park just a short drive away that the kids will love!

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