Faro Travel Guide

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    Orange trees in Largo da Se
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    Faro Cathedral
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Faro Things to Do

  • 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) walk uphill through impeccably cobbled streets framed by elegantly balconied houses ( photo 2) and arrive at the Largo da Se.Further on is the Praca...

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  • 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 remained from that era. From the tower you can enjoy panoramic views of Faro and the coastline. Directions: Faro Cathedral is located at the Largo...

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  • 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 and later had to be rebuilt. They are home to two barbican towers and various arches. The medieval city fortification also includes a castle from the...

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Faro Hotels

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  • Tivoli Carvoeiro

    Rooms are in need of a makeover - ours was noisey especially in the evening in the form of...

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  • Eva Hotel

    This is a 4**** hotel in a prime location, overlooking Faro's marina . Rooms are comfortable though...

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  • Residencial Algarve

    The room was spacious, clean and neat. The shower was strong. The TV has many English programmes and...

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Faro Restaurants

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  • Central and good

    We had dinner in the esplanade, noticing the easy shown by the owner getting space - all the tables were occupied, but, since we didn't want to eat inside (no one wanted, in that hot night) he quickly moved a couple of tables and a few chairs outside to sit us. The situation repeated with more groups, until there were no more tables inside, and the...

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  • DELICIOUS SARDINES

    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...

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  • I'M LOVIN IT

    McDonalds is in a good position near the Jardim Manuel Bivar, opposite the Marina. The service is quick and efficient and the staff all spoke English which helped me with my ordering. They didn’t sell milkshakes but they did have Lipton’s iced tea. A BIG MAC

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Faro Nightlife

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  • Official animation

    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...)

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  • Open every day, Live Music, Karaoke

    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...

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  • free internet ang great dj`s

    it is a new opened bar that used to be the black sheep. they have free internet and once a month they have live jazz.the dj`s there are playing everything from punk disco to minimal great people come.great places I enjoyed it. non

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Faro Transportation

  • FARO AIRPORT

    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,...

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  • AIRPORT BUS

    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...

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  • Bus Station

    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...

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Faro Shopping

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    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 6, 2009

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    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

    Mercado Municipal fresh fish at the market Cherries. Mmmmm! Beautiful, Ugly Fruit
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Faro Local Customs

  • Tiles - Azulejos

    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.

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  • Portuguese beer

    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...

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  • 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...

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Faro Warnings and Dangers

  • Irregular construction and renting

    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,...

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  • Faro' Beach

    Don't forget that the city of Faro itself doesn't have a beach. There are however boats that take you to some islands nearby and there is a beach accessible by car (but in summer it can get quite crowded). However this beach is at least 5 kms away from the centre.

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  • Beware Well Spoken Hard Luck Stories

    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...

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Faro Tourist Traps

  • FaroAirportTransfers - Taxi BEWARE

    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...

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  • You may be offered a trip to...

    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.

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  • Beware of people who come...

    Beware of people who come up to you selling scratch cards saying if you reveal 3 identical items you win a fantastic prize. All they are trying to do is get you to attend a meeting to buy timeshare holidays. Be Beware

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Faro What to Pack

  • Free map of Faro

    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...

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  • ITS CHEAPER THERE

    TRAVEL OUT LIGHT, COME BACK FULL OR BUY ANOTHER BAG THERE. ALL AVAILABLE, AND REASONABLE PRICES. DESIGNER AND CHEAPIES AGAIN DON'T BOTHER TO PACK FOR EVERY EVENTUALITY, CAN GET IT IF YOU NEED ITSUN CREAM CHEAPER THERE

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  • Climate in Faro

    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 –...

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Faro Off The Beaten Path

  • Ria Formosa

    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...

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  • Milreu - Fish mosaics

    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...

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  • Milreu

    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...

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Faro Sports & Outdoors

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    by SWFC_Fan Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    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:

    http://www.esec-tomas-cabreira.rcts.pt/roque/futreg.htm

    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!!

    SC Farense vs Moncarapachense Estadio Algarve SC Farense vs Moncarapachense SC Farense vs Moncarapachense SC Farense matchday ticket

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Faro Favorites

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  • 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...

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  • Faro by night

    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.

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  • Storks

    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.

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