Welcome to Faro

A popular destination for sun-seekers, Faro has a reputation as being an overrun party beach town for much of the year. Visitors who use it as a base to explore the more remote areas of the Algarve in the off-season will experience much more of what southern Portugal has to offer; but those looking for no more than a tan and cocktails won't be disappointed. In winter, it is a beautiful, peaceful corner of Southern Europe with plenty sun shining in the town with Iberian and Moorish-influenced architecture. The people are more friendly than other parts of Europe. Many speak a bit of English, but are very appreciative of any attempts at Portuguese.

Top 10 Things To Do In Faro

1. Visit the old town in Faro center

Get lost in the old streets of Faro city center and discover the history in its walls.

2. Visit the old Faro cathedral

The Sé Cathedral of Faro is a catholic cathedral, built on the ruins of a Roman temple and adapted to church in the XIII century to what is today a National Monument of Portugal.

3. Faro's Marina

Scenic marina with night lights & a sculptural “Faro” sign popular with photographers and tourists.

4. Tavira Island

Tavira island has beautiful crystal clear and warm waters and is right next to Faro center.

Only 15 min by boat from Faro center you will find one of the most beautiful and natural places in Algarve.

You may find many activities to do in Ria Formosa while watching birds and being among an unique flora.

7. Alameda João de Deus Garden

The largest green area in the city is the João de Deus Garden, here you can enjoy the diverse flora namely some century old trees and several animals. The highlight goes to a facade there, a good example of the neo-Arab architecture.

8. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Faro

The Municipal Museum of Faro was the second created in Algarve and is today the most visited one. What used to be a convent and later a cork factory, since 1894 has worked as a museum. It holds all the history the region of Algarve and is located in the historical center of Faro.

9. See the Chapel of the Bones in Carmo Church

Founded in 1713, the Carmo Church is a beautiful manifestation of the religious and artistic heritage of the Algarve. Since the 20th century, the church also holds the creepy Chapel of Bones, with the skulls and bones from the local cemetery as decoration.

10. Nightlife

Due to the large number of college students in the city, Faro has a very active nightlife especially during high season. You will find great bars and restaurants in Downtown, while strolling through the beautiful old streets and enjoying the warm weather.

Top Tours & Activities in Faro

Faro: 2-Hour Boat Tour In Ria Formosa For Bird Watching

In the company of a nature tour guide, on this boat trip you will discover why Ria Formosa was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. Grab our binoculars and watch closely the diverse species of birds that migrate to this region every year.

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From Faro: Ria Formosa Private Birdwatching Boat Tour

Get on the boat in Faro and explore Ria Formosa while you observe birds in their natural habitat using our binoculars and listen to the guide's explanation.

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From Faro: 2-Hour Boat Tour For Dolphin Watching In The Algarve

This is an intense experience that is worth sharing with family and friends aboard the Albacora III – a comfortable and safe RIB with the possibility of observing dolphins, seabirds and sea turtles.

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Algarve Trike Experience

Meet algarve in a safe, unique and fun trike experience!

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From Faro: 3-Hour Boat Tour To Deserta Island And Farol Island

Your 3-hour boat trip to the islands of Ria Formosa starts in Faro, where you'll board on our comfortable catamaran. Get ready to explore the Ria Formosa National Park with a local guide that is passionate about the region, and to visit the Deserta Island and Farol Island.

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Catamaran Tour Between Islands Of Ria Formosa, Faro

Enjoy a 5 hours tour in a comfortable catamaran. We cross the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa and we stop to visit the islands: Deserta, Farol, Hangares and Culatra where you can have lunch! The best tour you can do in Faro!

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Cork Factory Tour – São Brás De Alportel, Algarve

For around 1h30, you will be able to understand the full transformation process of the cork industry, starting with a briefing followed by a walk through the factory.

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From Faro: Half Day Private Trip On Sailing Catamaran Around The Islands Of Ria Formosa

Get on board our sailing catamaran for a unique experience. Our crew will take you on a private tour around the islands of the Ria Formosa area, starting from Faro. We will take you to the best desert beaches and some of the best secret spots, while you enjoy all the luxury aboard our boat.

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Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Portugal is spring season which starts in February to find hills bedecked in seasonal flowers and almond groves awash with pretty pink blossom. During the summer the cities gain life, with events and people from all over the world enjoying the best of the European sun. Of course, autumn is another great time to visit Portugal, especially for walkers and cyclists, as temperatures are still warm but crowds are a lot less.