The region of Faro has been becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. It continues to be more popular as a tourist attraction in the summer, but more and more because of other values than only the beaches. Its picturesque historic center, the castle and the walls are obligatory visiting points. Faro is also very rich in terms of heritage, which can be proved with the Ermida da Nossa Senhora da Boa Esperança chapel, the Capuchos Convent, the Cathedral of Faro, the Igreja da Misericórdia or even the Villa Romana de Milreu. But it is still, as any city in the Algarve, highly sought after for its beaches and weather. Faro, Culatra, Farol and Deserta islands are examples of the most sought after. Summer is also the time when the streets fill up with animation, with artists from the whole world to act for tourists. One of the largest local festivities is the Festa da Ria Formosa, which takes place in late July or early August. The Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the richest treasure landscapes in the south of the country. These are about 60 miles with a great diversity of fauna and flora and with canals, marshes, salt marshes and five islets: Barreta, Culatra, Armona, Tavira and Cabanas. A boat trip on the Ria is one of the best ways to meet this natural heritage. The offer of places to sleep and eat is very varied. In the restaurants you can find the arroz de lingueirão (razor and rice stew) and for dessert the Dom-Rodrigos (sweets made of soft eggs, almonds and cinnamon) and other traditional delicacies. For those who want to know a little more of the local history, we recommend a visit to the Maritime Museum and to the Ethnographic Museum. The Centro de Ciência Viva do Algarve is one of the places to visit for anyone who wants to learn more about science and technology.
Where to eat in Faro
Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
To get to this secluded restaurant on a deserted island in the middle of Ria Formosa Natural Park, …
A small, simple restaurant, with dishes of the Algarve. It has some uncommon recipes and a familiar…
What to do in Faro
Praia da Ilha de Faro
A wide stretch of sand, between the sea and the Ria Formosa, located at 8 km from the city of Faro. It is accessible by boat, from Faro, or by car and across a bridge. The existence of constructions have stolen some of its natural beauty, but brought along more liveliness in the summer. It has excellent conditions for sports …
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo
The Church of the Venerável Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, one of the most important religious monuments in the Algarve, was inaugurated in 1719. The Bone Chapel, on its interior, was built in 1816 with the bones of a graveyard that existed nearby.
Villa romana de Milreu
The roman village of Milreu, dating back to the 1st or 2nd centuries, was remodeled during the 4th century and occupied until the 6th or 7th centuries. Nowadays, one can clearly see the structures of a great manor, built during the 1st century and remodeled in the 3rd and 4th centuries, the agricultural installations, a bathhouse and a temple. It …
Sé de Faro
Of its primitive roman-gothic construction only the belltower and two cruise chapels are left. A robbery and a fire, in 1596, called for great works, which proceeded later as a result of the earthquakes in 1722 and 1755. The church has several influences: gothic, renaissance and baroque. In its interior one should pay close attention to the tiles, the statues …
Arco da Vila
In the centre of the vilage, at the Largo da Sé, this arch is one of the most relevant architectural sets in the Algarve. This monumental portal was rebuilt in the 19th century. Inside there is an arab portico, unique in the entire Algarve region. In the niche above the archway there is a white marble image of Saint Thomas …
Igreja dos Capuchos
The church of the Capuchos was built at the beggining of the 17th century and has a façade with arcades and a niche, which is charactristic of the Capuchos architecture. It has an important set of 18th century tiles in …
Museu Etnográfico Regional do Algarve
A museum in the building of the Assembleia Distrital (District Assembly), with a vast and valuable collection of crafts, paintings and objects of the Algarve's etnography.
Museu Sinagoga Isaac Bitton
This museum preserves a part of the jewish legacy, such as valuable books, documents and artefacts. There are some articles for sale, namely books, videos and souvenirs.
Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve
In this centre, dedicated to science and technology, the visitor is invited to discover science through observation and experimentation. The main theme is the sun and its influence on planet earth and all living creatures.
Jardim Manuel Bívar
A garden with various kinds of trees and well designed, well taken care of flowerbeds, amidst long corridors inviting for a stroll. There is also a small cafe with a pleasant terrace.
Edifício do Teatro Lethes/ Antigo Colégio de Santiago Maior
This small building was built in a place previously occupied by the Colégio de Santiago Maior. It was founded in the first half of the 17th century by the Companhia de Jesus. In the 19th century, the church was adapted …
Praia da Ilha da Culatra
A beach with a wide stretch of sand in a picturesque fishing village. The boats that take one to this dream beach depart from Olhão at a price of 1 €. It has good quality restaurants with fine shellfish and …
Praia da Ilha Deserta (Ilha da Barreta)
One may only get to this beach by boat or by water taxi from the Porta Nova Docks, in Faro. It is absolutely wonderful, with its sand, its quality waters and several diversions.
Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção
This convent, founded by Dona Leonor, is an important example of the first Renaissance art in the Algarve. The church's dome has a rococo decoration of the 18th century. There is also a curious watchtower of the 16th century.
Um passeio nas origens de Faro
In one of the highest parts of the Francisco Gomes Square, where there's a garden with a view to a small marina, one can find the Arco da Vila (Village Archway), which is the entrance to the old Faro inside …
Museu Marítimo Almirante Ramalho Ortigão
This maritime museum was founded in 1910 and has many assets dedicated to the sea. Amongst others, fishing utensils and models of naval building are exhibited.
Praia da Ilha do Farol
A wid stretch of sand, accessible only by boat. The trips costs 1.50 €. Both the river and the sea beaches have good quality water and charming landscapes. It is possible to rent a house locally.
Seminário Episcopal de São José
A seminary with two floors, asymmetric fenestration in the north part rococo and regular in th south part neoclassic. One should notice the large dimensions of the building and th architectural individuality of the dining room and of irs diammetrically …
Igreja Matriz de São Pedro
Built in the 16th century in the place of a hermitage where the sailors went to pray, it was deeply modified after the earthquake of 1755. The main chapel is decorated with a panel of the end of the 17th …
Where to sleep in Faro
This hostel was born of recovery of a former Palace, dating from the 18th century and owned by the Viscount of Estoi, José Francisco da Silva. In 2009, about o…
Modern Hotel situated opposite the marina in Faro, providing a beautiful view over the city and the ria Formosa. The privileged location, joins the comfort of …
Monchique is the living example that the Algarve is much more than just sun and beach. Located inside Algarve, this municipality is situated in the m…
Vila do Bispo
Vila do Bispo is part of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina and is the westernmost municipality in the Algarve, where small …
The municipality of Castro Marim is characterized by extensive mountains, where wild flowers abound, and the orchards and vegetable gardens on the ba…
Silves is the second largest municipality in the Algarve, with eight parishes that traverse the coastline and algarvian barrocal. Bathed by the river…