Faro Things to Do

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  • 1. Old Town

    Faro's Old Town is, to use that hackneyed phrase, a little gem. It's small, quiet and wonderfully atmospheric. You enter through the 18th century Arco da Vila ( main photo on the Introduction page)...

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  • 2. Cathedral

    Faro's old town is dominated by the cathedral (Se Catedral). The original Gothic church was built in the 13th century, but severely damaged during the 1755 earthquake. Only the tower and and a doorway...

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  • 3. City Walls

    The history of Faro's ancient city walls date back to the late Roman period when they were raised by the Moorish prince Ben Bekr. The walls were severly damaged during an attack in the 16th century...

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  • 4. Churches

    The Church of Sao Pedro (Igreja de Sao Pedro) was built in the 16th century on the site of a 15th century mariners chapel. After the 1755 earthqauke it underwent extensive reconstructions. It is one...

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  • 5. Carmo Church

    Carmo church is a beautiful white church situated in Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square). The church was started in 1713 by its founder Bishop Dom Antonio Pereira da Silva, who bought the land that the...

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  • 6. Marina

    Faro has a beautiful marina which lies just to the north of the Old Town. I sat at the southern end in the shade and watched the little boats come and go, in and out under and railway line that runs...

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  • 7. Bishop's Palace

    This huge building is located on the northern side of the cathedral in the Old Town and dates from 1585 although most of the original building was trashed by British troops in 1596. It serves as the...

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  • 8. Arco da Vila

    The Arco da Vila is a monumental arch which was designed by the Italian architect Francisco Xavier Fabri. The neo-classicism structure was inaugurated in 1812 on the site of the medieval archway...

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  • 9. Arco de Repouso

    Located in the eastern side of the city walls, this gate (meaning Resting Arch) was built by the Moors in the 12th and 13th centuries in order to prevent Christian invaders. It features two towers...

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  • 10. Municipal Museum

    I visited this small art museum which emphasizes antiquities from the Roman Period in Faro.I saw Roman capitals,stele,and ceramic bowls from the 2nd and 3rd Centuries.There were good explanations in...

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  • 11. ST PETER'S CHURCH

    St Peter’s church stands in Largo de Sao Pedro (St Peter’s square). This is the parish church of Faro, it is dedicated to St Peter the patron saint of...

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  • 12. CAPELA DOS OSSIS

    The Capela dos Ossos is a small chapel attached to the magnificent Carmo church. Going through the church and out into a small walled garden the chapel is on...

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  • 13. ALAMEDA JOAO DE DEUS

    A delightful park a short walk from the old town in Faro. There is the usual things you would find in the park gardens, adventure playground, a small café and...

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  • 14. JEWISH CEMETERY

    The first burial at the Jewish cemetery was Rabbi Joseph Toledano in 1838 and the last burial was in 1932 nearly 100 years later. Faro had a thriving Jewish...

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  • 15. Nossa Senhora do pe da cruz-our lady of the cross)

    Nossa Senhora do pe da cruz translates as “our lady at the foot of the cross”. This 17th century chapel has gilded wood carvings and pictures from the old...

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  • 16. LARGO DE SE

    Largo de Se is a peaceful square lined with beautiful buildings and fragrant orange trees. The Cathedral dominates the square and there is a lovely little café...

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  • 17. RIA FORMOSA

    Ria Formosa is known as one of the 7 wonders of Portugal. It became a natural park in 1987. It is an important and essential part of this area of the Algarve....

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  • 18. Watch the world go by

    Visiting Faro in February meant there was not much activity at the marina. I can imagine that during the summer months and high tourist season the marina would...

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  • 19. Try the little almond cakes.

    Doces de Amendoa, which translates as “sweet almonds” are little almond cakes made into little shapes of animals and fruits. In some shops they are called...

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  • 20. Swim

    A desert beach in Algarve is something from the 19th century, but the beach in Ilha de Faro, has long sections with few people, giving you the sensation of...

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  • 21. Lagoon

    Ideal for boating, picking shells, or fishing, "Ilha de Faro", about 10 KM from the city, is also a paradise for children, combining well with the open sea in...

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  • 22. Jardim Manuel Bivar

    Located along the side of the Marina, this garden with its attractive flower beds, tall palms and jacaranda trees is a favourite haunt of the elder citizens of...

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  • 23. Obelisk Ferreira d’Almeida

    Beside the Marina, this obelisk was erected in 1910 to commemorate the diplomat Ferreira d’Almeida. One of Faro’s famous sons, he had a long period of office as...

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  • 24. Russian Orthodox Church

    Officially known as the Chapel of the Lady of Hope, this small church is located on the main road between the city's indoor market and the Carmo Church. It was...

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  • 25. Teatro Lethes

    Located just to the east of St Peter's church in the city centre, this building was originally built in 1599 as the College of St. James the Greater Society of...

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