An authentic taste of Portugal with no mass tourism
feels industrial, not nessarily a con just a fact
Worth a stop, rather than just passing through the airport.
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 English.This museum also shows life in Faro after the Roman occupation and during the Islamic Period.I also saw fine 20th Century Portuguese paintings...more
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 fishermen.It was built in the 16th century on the site of an earlier church. After the earthquake of 1755 it was restored. A lot of the decorations of the church survived the earthquake including the...more
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 the right. The Ossuary was built in 1816 and the walls and ceiling covered with the bones of over 1200 Monks whose bodies were exhumed from the nearby friar’s cemetery.The chapel is open on...more
Rooms are in need of a makeover - ours was noisey especially in the evening in the form of...more
This is a 4**** hotel in a prime location, overlooking Faro's marina . Rooms are comfortable though...more
A good 4 stars hotel, in a very central location of Faro and convenient from/to the Faro airport....more
I thought I should try some of the local cuisine and from what I had heard the sardines were the locals favourite dish. Although it was out of season as they are usually at their best during the summer months, the sardines I had at this restaurant were delicious. They came with boiled potatoes. It was very quiet with only one other table being...more
The café Castello is in a marvoulous position in the old town of Faro. The window seats look out on the Rio Formosa. I just had a café galao (latte) but there were other people eating delicious looking sandwiches. The Castello is also a music venue with an outdoor stage, but I think they only have entertainment in the summer months when I presume...more
Che60 BarDownTown near the harbour in the street of the pubs and DiscoOpen every day from 9 pm till 04 amLive Music, KaraokeThe best place to taste a real Mojito or CaipirinhaAdress: Rua do Prior, nº 24 FAROChe60 BarBaixa de Faro perto da Marina, na rua dos bares e DiscotecaAberto todos os dias das 21h às 04hMúsica ao Vivo, KaraokeO melhor sítio...more
Since tourism was discovered as a very important activity, most municipalities plan a wide animation program to fill summer nights.It's a good idea to check the programs - for instance, in Faro we had unexpectedly a great international folk festival giving life to the port. (While having a good dinner in a local esplanade...)more
Faro airport has international and domestic flights. It is 3km outside Faro town centre. During the peak holiday dates, June to October, there is a free bus service from the airport to the town.There are a couple of café’s at the airport including three Costa’s and a couple of Air tasty café’s. The shops within the airport include Accessorize,...more
The airport bus(16/18) is the cheapest way to get from the airport to Faro Town Centre. The fare is 1.95 Euros. The buses are more regular in the busy summer months, in the winter I think they coincide with airlines landing. I only had to wait 10 minutes for a bus. It took about 20 minutes to arrive outside the Eva hotel.The bus stop at the airport...more
I hired a car for my time in the Algarve as I wanted the freedom of exploring all the way along the coast from Cabo de Sao Vicente in the west to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish border in the east and so didn't use the local bus. However, there is a very useful English website dedicated to bus routes and timetables etc which you can find...more
This is Faro's food market and we found out about it by asking at the hotel reception. It's a little bit ouside the pedestrianised centre and even though we had a map, not all the streets are listed so it took us a while to find it. The building is very modern with a supermarket on the lower level and some shops and cafes upstairs around the main market. It was lunchtime when we got there and things had quietened down a bit ,but we still enjoyed an extended browse round stalls bursting with mouthwatering food.
What to buy: Here we shopped for lunch and had a picnic on a park bench afterwards. We bought chorizo sausage, cheese, bread, cherries, almond and figs. The figs were very eye catching, flattened out into a star shape with almonds pressed into the points. In truth, they were of a leathery consistency and I discovered I prefer my figs in Fig Rolls. But everything else was delicious and we enjoyed some banter with the stallholders during our purchases. If you're a foodie , don't miss out on a trip to this market. You will love the colourful displays and take hundreds of photographs.
What to pay: Unbelievably little. All the market produce is very reasonably priced
Azulejos are colourful ceramic tiles which are very popular in Portugal for decoration puposes. You find them inside and outside of houses, public buildings and monuments. They often show geometric designs or images. Azulejos were brought to Portugal by the Moors in the 8th century.more
Portugal is not particulary famous for its beer. Nevertheless, pale lager beers seem to be quite popular. I gave Sagres and Superbock a try.Sagres beer is brewed by the Central de Cervejas brewery in Vila Franca de Xira. Since 2008 the brewery is under control of a joint venture of the breweries Heinken and Carlsberg.Superbock is the most popular...more
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...more
Faro's island is one of the most remarkable cases of clandestine building, offering "discreet" cheap renting. You must have a friend that knows a friend of someone that has a friend... We had, and that allowed us to stay cheaply in one of the legal houses (I think) of the island. The construction is chaotic but, with such a narrow stripe of sand,...more
We arrived in Faro off the train and immediately started downtown to find our accommodation (with a totally hopeless map!!) We were speaking to each other in English, and wearing backpacks, when a fellow casually dressed approached us and in a posh British accent asked if we spoke English. We were on the alert immediately but also did not want to...more
Despite recommendation from a colleague, we recently booked a return journey from Faro Airport to our accommodation at Cabanas de Tavira, Portugal. We booked online and paid the return fare of €74. We arrived in Faro on Saturday, 9th October, flew back to Dublin on Saturday, 16th October. We were met by a driver at the airport and though we had...more
You may be offered a trip to the Gypsy market. For me this conjured up images of hand crafted pots and all manner of unusual artefacts. In truth a Gypsy market is simply a market full of the worst looking shorts and T-shirts you could imagine, cheap looking shoes and fake leather goods.more
Make sure to pick up a free map of Faro at the Tourist Office. The map includes a detailed street map, an overview of the area and of the Algrave region. Apart from that it shows the location of the sights and lists some other useful information.The staff of the Tourist Office was very friendly and helpful.The Tourist Office is situated in Rua da...more
Rainy season is between October and Mai, summer is mostly dry and sunnyAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 18 – 21°C ( 64 - 70°F ); min: 8 - 11°C ( 47 - 51°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 25 – 28°C ( 77 - 82°F ); min: 16 - 18°C ( 60 - 64°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 19 – 26°C ( 66 - 78°F); min: 11 - 17°C ( 51 – 63°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 15 –...more
A wide natural park covering the whole coast around Faro, this is a paradise for lovers of natural life, but it may also be such an excellent place to bath, if you manage to get a boat to the island. Close to the mouth of the lagoon the currents may be strong, but you may find some safe spots to swim in a warm and calm water. Don't miss the fun of...more
Milreu is well known for its imposing temple and for these - fish mosaics. The date from the 3rd-4th century and were added when the Roman villa was refurbished. Some of the best examples can be found in the villa and also around the foot of the temple.Open: 9.30am-12.30pm & 2-6pm Tues-Sun, closed Mondays. Admission: €2Directions: Take N2 out of...more
Located about 10km (6 miles) to the north of Faro, Milreu is a fine example of a major Roman villa that shows signs of having been continuously inhabited from the first to the tenth century AD. At the end of the third century AD, the residential area was reorganised around a large central peristyle whose colonnades surrounded an open patio with a...more
Historically, SC Farense have been the most successful football club in the Algarve region of Portugal.
As recently as 1995, SC Farense achieved their highest ever position by finishing 5th in Portugal's top division. The following year they competed in the UEFA Cup.
Those days must seem a long time ago now to the hardy band of faithful fans who still turn up regularly to cheer on the "Algarve Lions". In 2002, the club's decline began when they were relegated from the top division. They then suffered the ignominy of being relegated twice more in the next two seasons. The poor performances on the field, coupled with financial problems off the field, meant that when we arrived in Faro in January 2007, SC Farense were playing in the second division of the regionalised Algarve District Championship - quite a fall from grace!!
We were alerted to Farense's home game against Moncarapachense when we spotted a poster in a shop window in the centre of Faro. The poster stated that the game kicked off at 3pm in the impressive 30,000 all seater Estadio Algarve (a sparkling new stadium, purpose built for the Euro 2004 tournament), so we paid 11 Euros to get a taxi out to the stadium, which is located half way between Faro and Loule.
When we arrived at the stadium, it was practically empty. We purchased our tickets for just 2.50 Euros each and took our seats on the sparsely populated stand.
The standard of football was pretty poor, but the game was entertaining, ending in a 4-2 victory to Farense. At the time of writing this tip, Farense top their division by a consideable margin and appear to be about to start their climb back up the Portuguese footballing ladder. You can find details of their results here:
Equipment: As at January 2007, Farense were playing their home games in the Estadio Algarve. This impressive stadium was far too large for the couple of hundred fans that turned up for the game against Moncarapachense, but in a region devoid of top football teams, this is as good a use as any for it!
Despite the small crowd in the large stadium, the Farense faithful did their best to create an atmosphere. A group of 20-30 home fans with drums, horns and impressive singing voices created an atmosphere that would put to shame the noise created at some English league games these days.
During the match, we learnt that a free supporters coach transports fans to and from the game from Faro's previous stadium in Faro town centre. We therefore saved on the taxi fare on the return journey and hopped on the coach along with a dozen or so local fans.
You can buy beer and snacks during half time from a small kiosk beneath the main stand.
If you are in Faro on a weekend, be sure to go along and cheer on SC Farense as they attempt their climb back to the top!!
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...more
If you visit Faro for more than one day, take the chance to visit the Old Town by night. Most visitors only come here on a daytrip from one of the busy beach resorts along the Algarve. So after 6 p.m. it gets much quiter in the city and you can even feel lonely in the beautiful illuminated Old Town.more
I was very surprised to see so many storks nestling on various locations all around the busy city centre. You can spot them on most churches, all sorts of rooftops and even on lamp posts in the middle of a busy roundabout. Faro's coastline with the Ria Formosa Lagoon seems to be a pardise for all sorts of birds.more