FARO

& 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.

algarve beaches

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.

Indulge in solitude

The Ilha Deserta is a remote sand bar island south of Faro, which has some of the most pristine and unspoilt beaches found in the Algarve.

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.

A center to be seen

​Faro’s extensive history is reflected in the varied sights and monuments of the old town, and a half day can be easily spent exploring this delightful section of the city.

cathedral
of faro

Sights around every corner

​The Roman Catholic cathedral in Faro wis a charming structure set in the centre of a tranquil plaza. Worth wandering over to check it out.

Chilling wonders

The most macabre but truly unique sight of Faro is the Capela dos Ossos, the chapel of the bones. This small chapel is lined with the bones of monks that were exhumed from Faro’s graves.

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. 

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