Faro

Travel Guide
Faro Island Beach featuring a sandy beach and general coastal views

A gateway to the Ria Formosa nature park, this city has a walled core of historic buildings surrounded by scenic sandbars, beaches and marshlands.

Medieval city walls encircle the churches and palace in the heart of Faro, while beaches surround the nearby islands. Divide your time between the walled relics of Faro’s Old Town and the marshes and mudflats of the nature park.

Initially constructed by the Romans, the Faro City Walls are a well-preserved set of ramparts enclosing Old Town. Pass through the walls via the 19th-century Vila Arch, which is carved into the base of a neoclassical façade with a belfry and an elegant clock face. See the whitewashed building enclosing the Repouso Arch in the district’s eastern wall.

The Faro Cathedral is among the highlights of Old Town. Study the religious relics in the museum and notice the mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles. Climb to the roof for views of the neighboring attractions and the mudflats beyond the walls.

Wander through the spacious Largo da Sé plaza and admire the 16th-century Episcopal Palace of Faro. Nearby, you’ll find the Algarve Living Science Center, the Archaeological Museum of Faro and the Antiga Fábrica da Cerveja, a castle and brewery.

North of the walls, learn about local history at the Algarve Regional Museum and stroll through the University of Algarve. Among the high points is the Carmo Church, with its stained-glass windows and gilded interior. Delve into the eerie Chapel of Bones, whose walls are lined with skulls.

Take advantage of the hot summers, with a trip to Ilha da Barreta Beach and Ilha da Culatra Beach. The most popular strand is Faro Island Beach, where kayaks and surf boards are available to rent.

The city occupies the indention in the central parting of Portugal’s southern coast, about 160 miles (257 kilometers) south of Lisbon. Fly to Faro Airport, a 10-minute drive west of the city center. You can also travel by train to the Faro or Bom João stations.

Beaches, islands and mudflats complement the historic treasures of Faro’s walled Old Town.

Faro Boutique Hotel
Faro Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua do Bocage, 66, Faro
The price is AU$75 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Faro City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Faro Old Town, Repouso Arch and Algarve Regional Museum. Sao Francisco Church and Archaeological ...
4.2/5Very Good! (357 reviews)
Great little hotel
"Small, bijou hotel . The owners know their market . Well run , great location in the old town . Would have no hesitation recommending or staying again"

Reviewed on 23 May 2021

Faro Boutique Hotel
AP Eva Senses
AP Eva Senses
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
The price is AU$162 per night from 21 Oct. to 21 Oct.
This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park, Faro Old Town and Misericordia Church. Vila ...
4.3/5Excellent! (962 reviews)
"Nice hotel, very convenient location. Good breakfast. Staff okay, not particularly helpful apart from checkin"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

AP Eva Senses
ibis Faro Algarve
ibis Faro Algarve
2 out of 5
Rua Poeta Antonio Aleixo, 204, Nº de Registo:285, Faro
The price is AU$106 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Situated in Faro, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Forum Algarve Mall and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Faro Old Town and Faro Marina are also ...
4/5Very Good! (450 reviews)
Relaxing
"Clean comfortable and relaxing, close to airport very freindly team ...pool is added bonus"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

ibis Faro Algarve
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cardeal Suites & Apartments
Cardeal Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua Dr. Coelho de Melo 1, Faro, Faro
The price is AU$167 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 Oct.
Located in Faro City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Carmo Church and A Companhia de Teatro do Algarve. Sao Pedro Church and Antonio Sergio ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Kanon oplevelse
"Alt var helt optimalt og en meget sød dame i reception som gjorde alt godt for vores ophold alt var helt kanon og til en meget lille pris"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2021

Cardeal Suites & Apartments
Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
The price is AU$550 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Faro houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park, Ilha da Armona Beach and Ilha da Culatra Beach. Olhao Municipal ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Wonderful Weekend Stay
"We had a fabulous weekend on the boat. The hosts met us at the dock and took us out there, explained how everything worked. There were also a few nice surprises left for us ! We were with our 2 sons age 11 and 15 and they had a fabulous time jumping off the top of the boat, paddle boarding, swimming ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

Mulubinba SeaHouse - Barco Hotel
Trendy villa with a remarkable view.
Trendy villa with a remarkable view.
Located by the sea, this family-friendly villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Santa Barbara de Nexe Church, Loulé Municipal Market, and Costume Museum. Ruins of Milreu ...
Trendy villa with a remarkable view.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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