& algarve region
Faro is the capital of southern Portugal’s Algarve region on the mild and sunny tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The city features historical sites such as the neoclassical Arco da Vila, which is on the site of a gate that was part of the original Moorish wall.
The monumental archway leads to the old town, where you can stroll down old cobbled streets and enjoy local delights.
Fancy a dip?
Faro has no beaches within walking distance of the city centre, but you can find pleasant shores situated on the southern edges of the series of sand bar islands that surround the Ria Formosa Nature Park.
These large expanses of sandy terrain are home to sleepy villages and seafood restaurants offering tasty local delights pulled fresh from the ocean.
A southern wetland
The Ria Formosa lagoon is a system of barrier islands that communicates with the sea through six inlets, one of which is artificial. The lagoon serves as a massive migratory corridor and is one of the last breeding ground left in Europe for some bird species.
excursion to estoi
Day trips to remember
Estoi is a delightful village 10km north of Faro which is famed for its beautiful pink palace (Palacio de Estoi) and the Roman ruins.