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Things to do in Faro

Faro is so much more than just an airport! Once a Roman settlement, later an important Moorish port, many of the historic buildings that once stood here were destroyed in the 1755 earthquake.  But Faro still offers those spending a few days or longer here plenty to see and do. The Ria Formosa Natural Park is right on your doorstep and there are some great beaches on the sand spit islands just a short ferry trip away.

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  • Faro Cathedral

    Whilst much of the cathedral you see today date back to the 13th and 14th centuries this site has considerably more history. The oldest records show that there was a Roman forum built here around two thousand years ago. Following this a mosque...

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  • Arco da Vila - Faro

    Faro's fine neo-classical archway is the entrance to the Algarve city's old quarter (Cidade Velha). It was built on the site of a much older medieval gateway in the city walls by order of Bishop Francisco Gomes do Avelar in 1812. He oversaw much...

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  • Ilha da Culatra from the air

    The car-free sandbank island of Culatra is a popular destination for day-trippers who come here to get away from the crowds on the Algarve mainland and to enjoy the calm waters and stunning beaches on offer here.

    The Ilha...

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  • Teatro Lethes - Faro

    The Lethes theatre building may look a little tired on the outside, but don’t let that put you off.  Step inside and you will be transported to the latter half of the 19th century.  The décor of plush velvet, painted ceiling and exquisite wooden...

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  • Igreja do Carmo, Faro

    The Igreja do Carmo in Faro, with its Baroque façade and twin bell towers is one of the finest churches on the Algarve. The Carmelite church was built throughout much of the 18th and 19th centuries, starting in 1719. Disaster...

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  • Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) - Faro

    Without doubt the most macabre of Faro's many attractions is the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of the Bones), a minuscule ossuary chapel lovingly decorated with the bones and skulls of over 1000 human skeletons. The chapel forms part...

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  • Ermida de Santo António do Alto

    A steep climb up to the highest point in Faro will bring the visitor to the Hermitage of Santo Antonio do Alte, a small church dedicated to St Anthony.  The saint most usually referred to as St Anthony of Padua was actually born in...

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  • Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Pé da Cruz - Faro

    The Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Pé da Cruz (hermitage of Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross) is Largo do Pé da Cruz (formerly Largo do Poço dos Cântaros), a little way away from Faro's other sights. 

    The original chapel was...

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  • Faro Marina

    It can be fun to spend some time admiring the flashy yachts on display in the marina, maybe stopping off for refreshments in one of the waterside cafes.  Just around the corner is the Porta Nova Pier, from which boats take day trippers...

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  • Arco do Repouso and Hermitage - Faro City Walls

    The Ermida Nossa Senhora do Repouso (Hermitage of Our Lady of Rest) is a small chapel with a Baroque-style façade. The building we see here today was mainly built in 18th century under the sponsorship of the Queen.  A notable...

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Surrounded by fertile fields of trees bearing fruit, olives and the almonds for which the Algarve is famous, Faro is a large town of over 50,000 inhabitants, the administrative capital of the province, lies at the heart of the...

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