Best 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 City Walls - Cerca Seiscentista

    Faro's ancient city walls (Muralhas de Faro), parts of which form a broken ring around Faro’s compact Cidade Velha (Old Town) have an interesting history, reflecting the town's tumultuous past.  The Romans, who called the town ...

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    Castles
  • 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...

    Faro
    Churches
  • Faro Museu Municipal / Convento Senhora da Assunção

    Also known as the Museu Municipal, this was founded as an archaeological museum in 1894 and is well worth a visit if you are in Faro.  It occupies the site of the 16th century convent of Nossa Senhora da ...

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    Museums and Galleries
  • 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...

    Faro
    Churches Viewpoints
  • Ilha Deserta beach - Faro

    Deservedly known as the "deserted island", Barreta is a narrow 7 km long sandbank off the coast of Faro. It is in fact the closest of a number of sandy islands that make up this stretch of coast. Forming part of the...

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    Natural
  • 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...

    Faro Olhão
    Natural
  • Roman complex in Milreu

    A 10 kilometre drive inland from Faro town centre, the sleepy town of Estoi features some of the Algarve’s best preserved Roman ruins.  The Milreu site, just off the N2 highway, was excavated in 1877.  The...

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    Unusual
  • Almancil

    The 17th century whitewashed church of São Lourenço de Amancil is somewhat unusual in appearance having more features than most churches of its size. To one side there is a bell tower to which a long staircase rises from the front of the building...

    Almancil
    Churches
  • Aquashow Park - Algarve

    Situated around 2km inland from Quarteira is the Aquashow Park, a huge complex centred around one of Portugal's largest water parks.

    Aquashow is home to a good selection of water-based rides suitable for a range of ages. From adrenaline-...

    Quarteira
    Family

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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...