Faro

Most visitors to Faro simply pass through on their way to the resorts of the Algarve – which is excellent news if you do stop over.

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You get this atmospheric town with its beautiful medieval architecture and stand-out seafood to yourself. Come for the beaches, of course, but stay for this enjoyably unpretentious, pretty historic town and its natural surroundings.

Getting active

There’s a strong chance you’re flying to Chambéry because you want to head to the ski slopes and mountains that surround the city. From the moment you land in Chambéry, you’re only minutes from some of the most popular pistes in the region.

The Three Valleys area is home to the famous runs of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, which each bring in huge crowds of professional and beginner snow lovers in equal measure.

Tignes and Val d’Isère on the edge of La Vanoise National Park are equally celebrated for their incredible scenery and variety of skiing. If you’re visiting Chambéry in summer, head out on to the hiking trails that cut through the mountains to see dramatic glacial valleys and thundering waterfalls.

Chambéry locals often cycle around on bikes rented from the Vélostation. Bike trails lead from the town centre to Aix-les-Bains and other surrounding towns. Lac du Bourget comes to life in summer, too, with boating and kayaking available beneath the shadow of the alpine peaks.