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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3910 Cheap Hotels Near Faro Old Town

AP Eva Senses
AP Eva Senses
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
The price is AU$124 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Faro Old Town. R. Conselheiro Bivar and Misericordia ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (938 reviews)
"Well appointed hotel on prominent site overlooking the Faro recreational boat harbour. First of all customer service attitude is number one for this hotel, all the staff have the focus and it shows in every aspect of their offering. The management of the team and above expectation experience by the ..."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

AP Eva Senses
3HB Faro
3HB Faro
5 out of 5
Rua Vasco da Gama nr 33, Faro
The price is AU$259 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Faro City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Algarve Regional Museum and Faro Old Town. A Companhia de Teatro do Algarve and R. Conselheiro ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Liked: new, clean, modern amenities, friendly/helpful staff. Two good restaurants on site, in a pedestrian-only area. Disliked: be patient as this hotel is new and still working out kinks - minor. Difficult to find, no parking."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

3HB Faro
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
4 out of 5
Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
The price is AU$132 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
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! (975 reviews)
"Everything great and very nice staff. Lovely breakfast also."

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2021

Hotel Faro & Beach Club
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Holidays in Faro Old Town

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