Faro a town you should not skip when you are in the Algarve.
I have been coming to the Algarve, Portugal, since I was 5 so I thought it was about time to talk about the towns there.
Today I will be talking about what to see and do in the old town of Faro and outside of the wall.
A lot of people skip Faro but it is definitely worth a visit. I hope I can convince you after reading this blog.
Faro isn’t big but you can make a day trip out of it by shopping, grabbing some food and visiting the old town.
Inside the wall
The Old Town
The old town is partly surrounded by a wall. To get into the old town you can walk through the Arco da Vila gate. Next to gate you can find the information centre.
Arco da Vila gate
Walk straight ahead and you will walk to the town square where you will find the Sé (church) and the Paço Episcopal.
You can walk into the Sé and even climb on top of the church for a nice view.
Then you can walk a little bit more further up until you see the Museu Municipal.
The museum is in the old convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção. Here you can find local archeological findings.
In front of the Arco da Vila you can hop on a little train that goes to all the sightseeing spots. The tour takes around 45 minutes and it’s only 2,75 euro.
Outside the wall
The Igreja do Carmo (church with the city of bones)
I thought this church was pretty cool. You will find lots of churches with blue tiles but not everywhere you will find bones displayed. It’s pretty small but I think its worth a visit.
If you want to see a panoramic view of Faro and the sea you should go to Ermida de Santo António do Alto.
Inside and outside the wall you can find lots of restaurants where you can eat.
You can go eat at expensive restaurants but there are also lot of cheap and good ones!
If you love shopping you should definitely need to visit the forum Algarve shopping center is only a 2-minute drive from the city. Here you can find the continente supermarket, a food court and lots of shops like Zara, Timberland, Levi’s, etc.
But if you rather stay in Faro you can do that too because there are enough shops to look at. You can find the shopping street of the city center at Rua de Santo António. Don’t forget that a lot of shops close for a couple of hours during the day.
Park at Largo de Sao Francisco. It’s free and it has lots of paces.
So it is definitely worth walking around the city of Faro.
Is there something I have missed that you could definitely visit/see in Faro?