Faro Travel Summary

Faro is the best-known city and gateway to Portugal’s deservedly famous Algarve region.  Faro has a delightful historic centre which is encircled by ancient city walls.    Faro is known for its attractive marina and winding, cobbled pedestrian streets and squares.  Lying on the coast, overlooking the shallow lagoons of the protected Ria Formosa Natural Park, this is a destination blessed with rich cultural wealth and a stunning location.

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The Faro Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Faro:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town:

Exploring Faro’s compact Old Town is one of the most popular things to do and the ideal way to get to know the Algarve’s capital city.  Faro’s pretty centre curves around a colourful marina. To the south is the old town (Cidade Velha) its Moorish and medieval walls embracing an oval of cobbled lanes.

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Faro is also adjacent to the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa which makes for a great boat trip.  There are a couple of lovely beaches, including the islands of Ilha de Faro to the southwest and Ilha da Barreta (aka Ilha Deserta) to the south which are linked to Faro by a frequent bus service.

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There is also a frequent train service that links you to the wonderful Algarve coast line for example Lagos.  There is also bus service which you can utilise to jump over the border into Spain and explore the likes of Seville.

 

2. What to See:

Arco da Vila:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Faro’s fine neo-classical archway is the entrance to the Algarve city’s old quarter (Cidade Velha)
  • The present monumental façade of Arco da Vila was built by the Genoese architect Francisco Fabri
  • It was inaugurated in 1812, following the reconstruction works after the earthquake of 1755
  • There are some fabulous views of the old city and coast
  • You many also be able to spot some of the huge stork nests that are iconic to this part of the Algarve

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Faro Cathedral:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Cathedral of Faro is a Roman Catholic cathedral, located in the heart of the city’s small Old Town, Cidade Velha
  • You can climb up the narrow, winding staircase of the bell tower to the roof for wonderful views across the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa and Faro’s old town

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Igreja do Carmo:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Igreja do Carmo in Faro, with its Baroque façade and twin bell towers is one of the finest churches on the Algarve.
  • One of the biggest draws for visitors is the macabre Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) at the rear of the church.
  • The walls are covered in the skulls and bones of over 1,000 Carmelite monks

 

Faro Municipal Museum:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The museum was established in 1894 and sits in the 16th century building of the former Convent of Our Lady of the Assumption
  • The Museu Municipal de Faro’s permanent exhibits include a range of artifacts from prehistoric Portugal to neoclassical times including pottery, paintings and a large 3rd century Roman mosaic showing Oceanus, the god of the sea, which was discovered near Faro Railway Station
  • The museum also holds temporary exhibitions of modern art by noted Portuguese and foreign artists, which is often on display in the pleasant cloister garden and the galleries just off

3. Photo Gallery:

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