Everybody knows that England is an amazing place. And in the country’s north-east, you will find one of the English cities truly worth discovering: Manchester. The city is 3h05 from Faro, making it a perfect choice for leisure, relaxation, culture, business and even education.

Today, Manchester is the third-biggest economy in England. It is also considered a cheerful and vibrant city. There’s so much going on in Manchester with plenty of options for leisure and culture: lots of museums, theatres, art galleries, parks and nightlife.

If you’re going to Manchester on holiday, you must pay a visit to Manchester Town Hall (where admission is free) and the John Rylands Library, one of England’s most fabulous libraries (that also offers free admission). Nearby, and also free to visit, is Manchester CathedralOpposite, you will find Shambles Square, a small historic square that seems to transport you back in time, and is well worth seeing. Another area of Manchester that you definitely shouldn’t miss is Chinatown. For football fans, a visit to the stadiums of the city’s two big teams, Manchester United and Manchester City is a must!

As far as business is concerned, Manchester is right up there with the best. Cradle of the industrial revolution, it is today a major economic and industrial hub. Many companies have their registered offices in Manchester and the city’s main business hub is located in Trafford Park. With no end of bars and pubs, there are plenty of options in Manchester where you can take advantage of the famous English happy hour, and the city’s nightlife is very lively too.

If you are going there to study, you’re sure to come back with endless tales to tell. Manchester is exciting and a very popular destination for students. The city has three universities attended by around 70,000 students. When classes are over for the day, there’s plenty to do in the evening: Sankey’s, The Washhouse and the Mint Lounge, for example, are spots worth discovering. During the day, you can take advantage of the many attractions that can be visited free of charge.

Do you need any more reasons to visit Manchester? From Faro, Manchester is closer to the Algarve, Alentejo and southern Spain. Shall we go there?

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