Faro has a small marina bordered by a nice small park named Jardim Manuel Bolivar. Near the marina there are also some restaurants.
Walking along the marina is a nice thing to do if you have to spend some time waiting for your bus departure. In fact the bus station is quite near this area. You could also spot some nice boats like that on the first pic.
Coastline and Marina
Take a walk along the lovely coastline near Faro's city centre. There is a promenade which offers great views of the Ria Formosa Lagoon, which is a system of 6 barrier islands, 1 of them is an artifical island. The area is a stopping place for hundreds of different birds.
You will also come along Faro's Marina which is a yacht-filled harbour with fancy cafes and a maritime museum.
Some culinary local customs
At every restaurant we visited in Faro there was a EUR 2 -3 cover charge per person and for this you get a delicious basket of ciabata type bread, fish paste and sometimes cheese or olives.
Salads were absolutely gorgeous and I never tasted such good tomatoes lightly drizzled with olive oil. All day long we saw local people delivering fish they had caught to the restaurants and everything we ate seemed unbelievably fresh and delicious.
Wine is very cheap (and very good) which really keeps down the cost of eating out. We liked the reds so much, that unfortunately, we never got around to trying the white.
The photo shows a little delicacy I spotted at the food market and couldn't resist buying.
It didn't taste quite as good as it looked but who could resist it ?
Magnificent Roman ruins of Milreu
Just 5 kilometers from Faro is a complex of impressive Roman ruins which is now a national monument and one of the most important sites recording the Roman presence in Algarve. Milreu was a luxurious villa which was transformed into a prosperous farming enterprise. The complex is composed of the manor house, farm buildings, wine press, baths, a temple, and mausoleums among others. In the baths, one can still see very well-preserved tiles decorated with fish and marine life. One can see from what remains the opulent lifestyle of the villa's former inhabitants, as well as imagine the richness of the region, with its fertile lands, abundant sources of water, good climate, and proximity to the sea.
In this fishermen’s town, visit the mother-church (14th century, rebuilt in the 18th century), the Colégio Church (17th century), and the Town Hall. In the suburbs, the renowned Praia da Rocha (with its Santa Catarina de Ribamar Fortress), and the Roman ruins of Abicada.