Bicycle assemble area Faro Airport.

Bicycle assemble area at Faro Airport.

I fly a lot with my bicycle. So i like when airports are bicycle friendly. And I thought I would just give Faro Airport in Portugal a mention here, as this is one of the better airports in this world for cyclists.

I like cycling all around the world. So I often put my bike on a plane and fly off to a foreign land. Last month i flew to Faro Airport in Portugal. It was not my first time here with my bike. But the airport has improved significantly in recent years, from a biking perspective.

Faro Airport.

Faro Airport.

Really nice bicycle assembly area.

First of all there is a really nice bicycle assembly area in Faro Airport. It’s so nice to be welcomed in this way. I have landed in so many airports around the world, where I has to find a quiet corner, just to be tolerated there, while I took my bicycle out of the carry bag and assembled it. At Faro Airport, you can hang your bike, as you are assembling it. You can even do little repairs there if that is needed. And there is a fantastic bicycle pump that actually works. I say that it actually works, because Copenhagen Airport, where I mostly fly out from, also has a bicycle pump at the arrival hall. But it never works. So a big thank you to Faro Airport for having a bicycle pump that actually works.

Ready to go cycling around Algarve.

Ready to go cycling around Algarve.

Cycling to and from Faro Airport.

Faro Airport has cycling trails all around it. If you are arriving and cycling in to Faro City, then you should cycle down past the rental car agencies, as you exit the airport. Then you will see a building with a “Firefly” sign on a little down the road. Take the small road behind the Firefly office and you can then cycle in to Faro City center in a few minutes. You will be going past the village called Montenegro. And this is much preferable to cycling on the busy road that almost all the cars are using. That road is a longer ride to the city too, by the way. I noticed a lot of parked bikes at the airport. And they clearly belonged to people working at the airport. Great to see that bicycle commute is getting popular in this part of the world too. Because this is what will give even better bicycle facilities in the long run. I know that being a native Dane, where roughy one third of the population uses a bicycle to commute.

Find the building with the Firefly sign.

Find the building with the Firefly sign.

If you are cycling west from the airport, then you should still go down by the Firefly office. But just before the office, you should take a right turn and take a dirt track that takes you along the airport runway. Taking this track, you will almost circumnavigate the entire runway at the airport. I thought this was really cool, as I like watching planes taking off and landing. And once you are on the other side of the runway, you have small roads leading gown towards the small coastal towns of the Algarve.

Bicycle path next to the runway at Faro Airport.

Bicycle path next to the runway at Faro Airport.

There is a bicycle path as you exit the airport.

There is a bicycle path as you exit the airport.

Bicycle parking.

Bicycle parking shows that a place is civilised.

This was a little advise for those of you who fly with your bicycle to Faro Airport.

Hope you find it useful.

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