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FaroPortugal

A gateway to the Ria Formosa nature park, this city has a walled core of historic buildings surrounded by scenic sandbars, beaches and marshlands. 

Medieval city walls encircle the churches and palace in the heart of Faro, while beaches surround the nearby islands. Divide your time between the walled relics of Faro’s Old Town and the marshes and mudflats of the nature park.

Initially constructed by the Romans, the Faro City Walls are a well-preserved set of ramparts enclosing Old Town. Pass through the walls via the 19th-century Vila Arch, which is carved into the base of a neoclassical façade with a belfry and an elegant clock face. See the whitewashed building enclosing the Repouso Arch in the district’s eastern wall.

The Faro Cathedral is among the highlights of Old Town. Study the religious relics in the museum and notice the mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles. Climb to the roof for views of the neighboring attractions and the mudflats beyond the walls.

Wander through the spacious Largo da Sé plaza and admire the 16th-century Episcopal Palace of Faro. Nearby, you’ll find the Algarve Living Science Center, the Archaeological Museum of Faro and the Antiga Fábrica da Cerveja, a castle and brewery.

North of the walls, learn about local history at the Algarve Regional Museum and stroll through the University of Algarve. Among the high points is the Carmo Church, with its stained-glass windows and gilded interior. Delve into the eerie Chapel of Bones, whose walls are lined with skulls.

Take advantage of the hot summers, with a trip to Ilha da Barreta Beach and Ilha da Culatra Beach. The most popular strand is Faro Island Beach, where kayaks and surf boards are available to rent.

The city occupies the indention in the central parting of Portugal’s southern coast, about 160 miles (257 kilometers) south of Lisbon. Fly to Faro Airport, a 10-minute drive west of the city center. You can also travel by train to the Faro or Bom João stations.

Beaches, islands and mudflats complement the historic treasures of Faro’s walled Old Town.

Where to stay in Faro

Top Hotels in Faro

Faro Boutique Hotel
Faro Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua do Bocage, 66, Faro
The price is $45 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

Located in Sé, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Repouso Arch and Faro Old Town. Ria Formosa Natural Park and Faro Marina are also within 10 minutes. Faro ...

4.2/5Very Good! (342 reviews)

"Great location. Helpful staff who spoke English. Adequate breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Faro Boutique Hotel
Pousada Palacio De Estoi - Monument Hotel & SLH
Pousada Palacio De Estoi - Monument Hotel & SLH
4 out of 5
Rua de S. José, Estoi, Faro, Algarve
The price is $106 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Located in the heart of Faro, this luxury pousada is within a 15-minute walk of Estoi Palace and Ruins of Milreu. Santa Barbara de Nexe Church and Sao Miguel ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (480 reviews)
Much better than overpriced waterfront hotels

"A great mix of new and old buildings with charm. Well-trained staff with high service level and the pool area was spectacular. The beds were a little bit too hard from my comfort but I guess that is individual"…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Pousada Palacio De Estoi - Monument Hotel & SLH
EVA SENSES HOTEL
EVA SENSES HOTEL
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
The price is $106 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park, Faro Old Town, and Faro Marina. Misericordia ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,050 reviews)

"Excellent! The reception staff are so helpful, and the reception area with restaurants is lovely. Rooftop pool with a very relaxed vibe. Location is brilliant. Overall, we loved our stay!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

EVA SENSES HOTEL
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Faro

Faro Central - Holiday Apartments
Faro Central - Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
Rua Castilho 77, Faro
The price is $44 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Located in Sé, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Algarve Regional Museum, Faro Old Town, and Faro Marina. Ria Formosa Natural Park is 0.5 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
Cosy apartment.

"Good location for everything. Well equipped."…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Faro Central - Holiday Apartments
MY CHOICE Villa Lydia
MY CHOICE Villa Lydia
3 out of 5
Avenida Poente, Praia de Faro, Faro
The price is $78 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Nestled on the beach, this Praia de Faro cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Faro Island Beach. Barrinha is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...

2/5 (2 reviews)
Casa Lydia

"Quaint. Difficult check in as we were not Given a location to check in. We assumed it was at the rental unit. Lost valuable time trying to sort out the issue with numerous phone calls. Then had to make a return trip into Faro to check in. The good news, the check in ladies were lovely and fortunately ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

MY CHOICE Villa Lydia
Quinta São Mateus -perfect for Your Family
Quinta São Mateus -perfect for Your Family
Faro, Faro District

Located in Sé, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Faro Jewish Heritage Centre and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Faro Old Town and Faro Marina are also within ...

Quinta São Mateus -perfect for Your Family
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Faro

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

I wish we had taken the "red umbrella tour" at the beginning of our week in Faro rather than on our last day. The guide was great and gave us a lot of tips about the area and we wished we had more time to explore. I guess we will need to return.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

The airport is all we saw of Faro. It was an easy airport to navigate.

5/5 - Excellent

Kim

Oct 4, 2019

Very cute little town with great food options

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 29, 2019

Faro was beautiful! A very beachy town with a super relaxed atmosphere!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 18, 2019

Certainly a Relaxing/ calming area next to the water.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 10, 2019

Nice place with lots of shops and eateries. Lots of twisty turn roads, but not too difficult to drive around.

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