Holidays in Faro Old Town

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For centuries, Faro’s fortified walls have enclosed the city’s most intriguing treasures, from the cathedral’s chamber of bones to a castle converted into a brewery.

Faro Old Town is characterized by its crumbling arches, cobbled lanes and historic structures. Dimly lit restaurants and bars with terraces spilling onto pedestrian streets create a romantic, old-world setting. Piece together medieval Faro through well-preserved vestiges in the forms of churches, museums and the city ramparts.

Tracing a circle around the historic center are the 9th-century Faro City Walls (Muralhas de Faro). Snap photos of these ramparts, initially put in place by the Romans and later renovated by the Moors. Study the opulent Moorish designs of the various gateways that provide a passage to Faro Old Town.

Enter this central district and head to the Faro Cathedral, with a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. Awaiting you inside are gold leaf carvings, stained-glass windows and a red-painted wooden organ decorated with Chinese symbols.

Climb the cathedral’s spiral stairway to the rooftop viewing deck for a vista of the sea, the mudflats and the adjacent 16th-century Episcopal Palace of Faro. The palace served as the marine college and the maritime department. Relax at a bench in the shade of orange trees ornamenting the Largo da Sé plaza between the cathedral and palace.

Get insight into regional science and history in the old quarter’s museums. Highlights are the Centro de Ciência Viva do Algarve and the Museu Arqueológico. See the fortified castle of the Antiga Fábrica da Cerveja, which was converted into a beer factory in the 1900s.

For a change of scenery, pass through a city wall gateway at the district’s western end. You’ll be confronted by an exceptional view of the marshy waterways engulfing Faro.

Walk south for about 10 minutes from the train station to reach Faro Old Town, located between the city and the Atlantic Ocean. You can also take a ferry to the terminal just outside the walls. The district is a 15-minute drive southeast from Faro Airport.

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5174 Cheap Hotels Near Faro Old Town

Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
4 out of 5
Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
The price is AU$126 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in Faro City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Misericordia Church and Faro Marina. Faro Old Town and Hermitage of Nossa Senhora de ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (985 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2021

Hotel Faro & Beach Club
3HB Faro
3HB Faro
5 out of 5
Rua Vasco da Gama nr 33, Faro
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$197 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
Located in Faro City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Algarve Regional Museum and A Companhia de Teatro do Algarve. R. Conselheiro Bivar and Sao Pedro ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (8 reviews)
Great new hotel!
"Great new hotel in the center of Faro. Stayed in the jacuzzi room which was spacious and very comfortable. Rooftop pool and restaurant were great! Even though they were still in thier soft opening stage everything was well run and organized. One thing to note is that if you’re driving definitely ..."

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 2021

3HB Faro
AP Eva Senses
AP Eva Senses
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
The price is AU$134 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park, R. Conselheiro Bivar and Faro Old Town. Misericordia ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (944 reviews)
"Absolutely great location and the staff was magnificent, Thiago at the front desk was incredibly detailed explaining and suggesting alternatives for all our questions. We can’t wait to visit them again."

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2021

AP Eva Senses
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Top Faro Old Town Hotel & Accommodation Deals

The Backyard House
The Backyard House
3 out of 5
Rua Teofilo Braga, 15, Faro
The price is AU$37 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
The Backyard House
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
4 out of 5
Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
The price is AU$126 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
3HB Faro
3HB Faro
5 out of 5
Rua Vasco da Gama nr 33, Faro
The price is AU$197 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
3HB Faro
AP Eva Senses
AP Eva Senses
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
The price is AU$134 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
AP Eva Senses
Faro Boutique Hotel
Faro Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua do Bocage, 66, Faro
The price is AU$78 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Faro Boutique Hotel
Luxury Guest House Opus One
Luxury Guest House Opus One
4 out of 5
R. Serpa Pinto 37, Faro, Faro
The price is AU$155 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Luxury Guest House Opus One
Sunlight House
Sunlight House
3 out of 5
Rua Francisco Lazaro Cortes 11, Faro
The price is AU$63 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Sunlight House
Stay Hotel Faro Centro
Stay Hotel Faro Centro
3 out of 5
Rua de Portugal 17, Faro
The price is AU$70 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
Stay Hotel Faro Centro
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TREM HOUSE - LOCATED IN OLD CITY - FARO
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