Faro is the capital of the Algarve province and the center of all southern Portugal. This cozy town with ancient ramparts and local history museum is very popular with tourists. As the largest city in the county, it is often used by tourists as a point of traveling to the south of Portugal.
Faro has many kilometers of sandy beaches, so even in high season, you can find spots that are
never crowded. The city combines the allure of the Old town and the soft sandy beaches which makes it perfect for relaxation.
The warm climate, beaches and sunny weather made Faro a very popular summer destination. The city has everything for active recreation as well - water parks, water slides, everything for various sports activities, health and beauty centers, and an active nightlife.
The most common will be a real adventure tour of the city on foot. The historic center, also known as the Old Town, is a perfectly preserved 18th-century corner of Portugal, with cobbled streets and ancient buildings, the arch
itecture of which shows the influence of Moorish culture. You will see there a lot of vintage cars.
Faro Cathedral known as the Cathedral and the church of Santa Maria, is one of the most historic buildings in the city. It is located in the Cathedral Square in the historic center. Church history begins in the middle of the thirteenth century in the period of the Reconquista. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the interior of the cathedral was decorated with beautifully gilded tiles and panels in the Baroque style, and the beautiful organ was installed.
Chapel of Bones
You can accidentally come across one of the most famous attractions of Faro - Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), one of the two most prominent buildings of its kind in the world. Walls and columns of the chapel are decorated with more than 1,200 dead monks` bones.
Enjoy the beach
There are a lot of sandy beach in the Algarve, and one of the longest is faro beach- it is long and beautiful, and very rarely crowded. It
has lots of restaurants and bars near-by, providing a great relax opportunity.
Many beaches of the southern coast provide canoeing facilities, water skiing, jet skiing, kite surfing, sailing, parasailing, as well as a ride on a speedboat. The most demanding guests will enjoy performances of jazz musicians and the open-air cinema experience.
The climate in Faro and the entire Algarve region is delightful, which makes it particularly attractive for golfers who can play here almost all year round. You will be simply spoiled for choice as the golf courses here are in abundance. Over thirty golf courses cover the entire southern coast, so that you can play golf and enjoy wonderful views of the ocean at the same time.
Portuguese cuisine, especially in Faro and all coastal cities, consists of simple fish and seafood dishes, big selection of locally grown cheeses, vegetables and meat. Variety of fish is enormous and in almost any restaurant you can ask for grilled sardines, which is a specialty.
Faro is famous for its lively nightlife and a wide choice of entertainment. There are many night clubs, bars, theaters, cinemas, that are usually open all night, as well as places where you can watch traditional dances and listen to local music.
Faro provides good opportunities for retail therapy- apart from big shopping malls close to the airport, it has quite few boutiques providing excellent quality clothes and shoes, well known Portuguese wine and olive oil, and a variety of souvenirs, so everyone will find something to their taste!
Many people prefer to rent a car in Faro, as it is very convenient, keeping in mind within a radius of half an hour drive from Faro you can find many attractions and
resorts, golf courses, picturesque caves and beaches. It is advisable to rent a car with Atlas Choice to drive along the coast of Algarve visiting Albufeira, Quarteira and other cities in the region easily accessible by car from Faro.
Driving is on the right, and the speed limits are 50kph in urban areas, 90-100kph on open roads and up to 120kph on motorways.