Faro

Travel Guide
Faro Island Beach which includes general coastal views and a beach

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

AP Eva Senses
AP Eva Senses
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro, 8000-078
The price is $159 per night from Jun 10 to Jun 11
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Faro. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (961 reviews)
"Beautiful view"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

AP Eva Senses
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
Hotel Faro & Beach Club
4 out of 5
Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro, 8000-168
The price is $171 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Faro. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a poolside bar. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (977 reviews)
"Perfect for a last stop on our Algarve trip. We were able to book an excursion on the boat which had a pick up right out front (short walk) andthere was lots to see in the area. Uber to the airport next morning was 7Euros."

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Hotel Faro & Beach Club
3HB Faro
3HB Faro
5 out of 5
Rua Vasco da Gama nr 33, Faro, 8000-442
The price is $217 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Faro. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Popular attractions Faro Old Town and Faro Island Beach are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"Overall amazing. Great location, new hotel/room/amenities, excellent staff."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

3HB Faro
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.
Cardeal Suites & Apartments
Cardeal Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua Dr. Coelho de Melo 1, Faro, Faro, 8000-261
The price is $100 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 25
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Faro. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and a garden. Popular attractions Faro Old Town and Faro Island Beach are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"The property is fantastic, the most beautiful courtyard I have ever seen. The Apt is spacious, clean, modern, and have everything we need. I definitely will coming back."

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Cardeal Suites & Apartments
Dreamers duplex with seaview
Dreamers duplex with seaview
Faro, Faro District
The price is $140 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Faro. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Our guests praise the property condition in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Excellent
"Ivan is a fabulous host. Anything you need to make home away from home this is it! Thanks also to Bella for the five star cleaning, also so friendly. Thanks again, Dianne"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Dreamers duplex with seaview
Lemon Tree Apartments
Lemon Tree Apartments
4 out of 5
Travessa Castilho 12 - 18, 1 Esq, Faro, 8000-269
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Faro. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a terrace. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Location is great, the apartment is done with taste and elegant touch. Hints about areas to visit and places to eat etc were exhaustive and extremely helpful. I hope to stay there again. The whole family loved it."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Lemon Tree Apartments
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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