Faro, the capital city of the Algarve, offers more than just a landing point in Portugal. It has a different atmosphere to the busy and hectic resort towns. Faro is scenic, especially within the old walled town and the area surrounding the marina.
Route: Capela dos Ossos → Doca de Faro → Arco da Vila → Portas do Mar → Faro Cathedral → Old Town → Museu Municipal de Faro → Arc of Repouso
Do not miss out the beach! Take bus 16 from the city centre, via the airport to Praia de Faro. Fare: €2.35 | Timetable: Click here
The Capela dos Ossos (within the Igreja do Carmo church) is lined with the bones of over 1,000 skeletons. The bones were exhumed in the 19th century from Faro’s overcrowded cemetery and belong to the monks who once served the city. Entrance fee: €2.
A sculptural “Faro” sign in Doca de Faro is popular with photographers. Spend some time admiring the yachts on display in the marina.
Arco da Vila is the town gate of Faro set in the ancient Moorish city walls. It is one of the entrances to the old town.
Portas do Mar (known as ‘Sea Gate’) is another entrance to the old town. Faro Cathedral is located in the old town and has amazing views over the city.
Museu Municipal de Faro was the second museum to be created in the Algarve. The museum is one of the interesting sights and definitely worth a visit.
If you fancy having an inexpensive Portuguese grilled fish during your visit, Chalavar is a great local restaurant far from the tourist traps. Choose your selection of seafood from the display counter and enjoy a drink and fresh salad while they cook it.
Praia de Faro is less than 5 minutes from the airport. The beach has a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere compared to the rest of the hectic Algarve.
In conclusion, one full day is a good amount of time to get to know Faro. The centre of Faro is small, so an hour or two strolling through the streets is more than enough. There is absolutely no rush from sight to sight, so take your time to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere in Faro.