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Destination of the month

Welcome to Faro

Faro is most often viewed simply as the gateway to the well-known resorts of the Algarve but the vibrant university town has much to offer visitors.

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Things to do here

The place to start any exploration of Faro is the old town or Cidade Velha with its cobbled streets and plentiful outdoor cafes, perfect for people watching at any time of the year. Fish is a constant in Portuguese cuisine and some of the best restaurants specialising in seafood are to be found near the harbourfront and marina. Faro also has a significant student population who host a major festival every year in early September and bring a vibrancy to the city's nightlife year-round.

To Eat

  1. Faro e Benfica Restaurant overlooks the harbour, specialises in seafood, and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. 
  2. For great Portuguese food and a local crowd, try O Gimbras on Rua General Teofilo da Trindade.

To Stay

  1. Hotel Eva at Avenida da Republica - an elegant and modern four star hotel overlooking the marina.
  2. Hotel Faro  - in the centre of Faro with panoramic views of the Ria Formosa, the natural park and lagoon.

Museu Municipal Museum

This museum in Largo do Don Alfonso highlights the city’s rich Roman and Islamic heritage.


Sé Catedral de Faro Tour

Originally built in 1251, the cathedral has been added to over the centuries, and offers a snapshot of differing architectural styles. 


Capela dos Ossos Tour

Located behind the Igreja do Carmo church, the Chapel of Bones is a ossuary built of the bones of more than 1000 Carmelite monks.

Take a boat trip on the Ria Formosa Outdoor Fun

The best way to see some of the more secluded islands of the lagoon and national park is by boat.