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.
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.