Faro’s enchanting places


The summer is still young and there are plenty of places to visit and many things to enjoy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and visit the beautiful city of Faro.

Faro is a municipality and the southernmost city and seat of the district of the same name, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal.

Once you have arrived in the sunny Faro, you cannot miss Cidade Velha (the Old City), where you can admire the splendid architectural styles, result of numerous earthquakes and British bombardments, the fascinating cobbled streets, as well as the picturesque atmosphere whom you will fall in love with. You’ll also find a sprinkling of cafes and bars, within O’Castelo. This is not just a bar, café and restaurant, they also stage a range of cultural events and club nights in their courtyard.

For history lovers, the Faro Municipal Museum is the perfect corner to be delighted with many interesting stories, unique exhibits and marvellous collections. The Faro Municipal Museum was established in 1894 and it resides in a 16th century building of the former Convent of Our Lady of the Assumption. A collection of 17th and 19th century artwork from Portuguese, Italian and Spanish painters are on display along with sacred artifacts from churches in the region.

Definitely one of the most beautiful places to go to is Ria Formosa Natural Park, described as one of the Portugal’s ”Seven Wonders”, formed of salt pans, lagoons and barrier islands. These islands protect the region from the powerful seas, while also providing some of the quietest and most scenic beaches of the Algarve. A boat tour is a great way to discover the region, with its thriving marine ecosystem, unspoilt beaches, and rich fishing heritage.

Previously known as Pousada de Faro, the famous Palace of Estoi was built in the 19th century by the Viscount of Estoi, a wealthy and tasteful man who created a beautiful neo-rococo family home with superb French style gardens resembling to Versailles, including statues and exotic flora. The interior is now a luxury hotel, but non-residents are free to wander the grounds and enjoy a coffee with a view on the balcony of the restaurant.

Last, but not the least, the Arco da Vila is Faro’s fine neo-classical archway entrance to the Algarve city’s old quarter  (Cidade Velha). Some of its walls are Moorish in foundation but the structure has an Italianate, Neo-Classical appearance, thanks to a project led by Bishop Francisco Gomes in the 19th century.

You cannot miss these beautiful places, surrounded by charm and history, so wonderfully preserved!

Enjoy the most beautiful moments of your holidays with your family and friends, always counting on Faro Low Cost Transfers, which guarantee high services transfers in the best conditions!