Faro city is popular as a tourist spot, in summer, for its beaches and climate. Ilha de Faro, Culatra, Farol and Ilha Deserta are examples of the most sought after. But it has also become more and more cosmopolitan and is visited by other assets: its picturesque historic center, full of life, the castle and walls, as well as an array of buildings of great historical and architectural value. Also not to be missed is the Ria Formosa Natural Park, with 60 kilometers of channels, marshes, salt pans and five islets: Barreta, Culatra, Armona, Tavira and Cabanas. A boat trip is one of the best ways to discover this natural heritage. In the restaurants, you can find regional delicacies, such as razor clam rice and the famous Dom-Rodrigos sweets.
What to do in Faro
Sé Catedral de Faro
Of the primitive Romanesque-Gothic construction, only the clock tower and two chapels on the cross remain. A looting and a fire, in 1596, required major works, continued later due to the earthquakes of 1722 and 1755. The church shows several influences: Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
Praia da Ilha do Farol
Extensive beach, which can only be accessed by boat. Both the river and ocean beaches have good quality water and an enchanting landscape. To get to the beach, one walks between the houses on a cement floor. The waters are transparent, very calm and attractive. The landscape contemplates the lighthouse and two piers. For those who prefer not to make …
Arco da Vila
In the heart of the town, in Largo da Sé, this arch is one of the most important architectural complexes in the Algarve. This monumental portal is a 19th century reconstruction. Inside there is an Arab portico, unique in the Algarve region. In the niche above the Arch there is an image, in white marble, of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Praia da Ilha de Faro
It is an extensive stretch of sand, between the sea and the Ria Formosa, located about 9 km from Faro city. Access is by boat, from Faro, or by car, crossing the only existing bridge for this purpose, with alternating traffic, which generates long queues. The different constructions took away some natural beauty, but brought more animation and structures to …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo e Capela dos Ossos
The Church of the Venerable Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, one of the most important religious monuments in the Algarve, was inaugurated in 1719. The Capela dos Ossos, inside it, was built in 1816 with bones from a nearby cemetery.
Praia da da Barreta/ Praia da Ilha Deserta
To access this beach, you will have to do it by boat. If you do not have such a vehicle, you can take a water taxi at Cais da Porta Nova, in Faro. Upon arrival, you will pass by the only restaurant on the beach, and you will find a dreamy sand area and a sea with quality water. On …
Praia da Ilha da Culatra
Long sandy beach located in a picturesque fishing village. The boats that connect to this dream beach leave from Olhão. Upon arrival, it takes about 15 minutes to walk until you reach the beach. The walk will be worth it, as, to get to the beach, there is a cement path that crosses the small "neighborhood" of fishermen, with houses …
Jardim Manuel Bívar
Garden with different types of trees and well-designed and arranged flower beds, interspersed with long cobbled corridors that invite you to take a walk. There is also a small café with a pleasant terrace. Even before the 17th century it …
Museu Municipal de Faro
The first museum created in the Algarve, in 1874, is located in the former Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção. Deactivated in 1834, after the extinction of religious orders, the convent was used as a cork factory during the 20th …
Museu Marítimo Almirante Ramalho Ortigão
This maritime museum was created in 1910 and has a vast collection dedicated to the sea. Among others, fishing tools and shipbuilding models are on display.
Arco do Repouso e Muralhas de Faro
Gateway to the medieval walls built by the Muslim prince Ben Bekr as a defense against Christian invasion. It is formed by two towers with two side entrances. Close to this door are the remains of the wall that protected …
Villa Romana de Milreu
The Roman Villa of Milreu, dating from the 1st or 2nd century, was remodeled in the 4th century. It was occupied until the 6th or 7th century. Currently, the structures of a large manor house, built in the 1st century …
The Lethes Theater is named after a mythical river, whose waters had the power to erase life's annoyances and sadness from memory. A perfect name for a place where performance is used to entertain the spectators.
Jardim do Palácio de Estoi
Although the works began in 1840, it was only more than half a century later that the Estoi Palace was completed. The garden of this last example of romantic architecture is characterized by the palm trees and orange trees that …
Where to eat in Faro
Author, Contemporary, Portuguese
Localizado no coração da cidade de Faro, este espaço moderno, com decoração exótica, serve bons pra…
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…
A simple and familiar space, specialized in roast chicken and grilled dishes.
A refined restaurant with a menu that is mainly regional but also has some original touches. Excell…
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 …
São Brás de Alportel
São Brás de Alportel is located in the Algarve side, between the barrocal and serra do Caldeirão, being the youngest municipality in the Algarve. The…
The municipality of Castro Marim is characterized by extensive mountains, where wild flowers abound, and the orchards and vegetable gardens on the ba…
The integration of Ria Formosa with the estuary of the river Gilão marks the landscape of Tavira. In addition to the Arabic influence recognized, its…
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…