Planning a holiday in Portugal’s Algarve but not sure about the best place to base yourself?
With its mix of modern metropolitan amenities, historical attractions, nearby beaches, and bustling cafes and restaurants, Faro is a pretty good pick.
Furthermore, since it’s the Algarve’s largest city, it’s also well-connected to the rest of the region and beyond, making it the perfect springboard for the occasional road trip.
Sounds promising? This list of three fantastic things to do in Faro might convince you that this city is set to become your favorite holiday destination ̶ let’s get stuck in!
1. Visit Faro Cathedral
Also known as the Sé, Faro Cathedral is the jewel in the crown of the city’s Cidade Velha (Old Town).
Originally built in 1251, it suffered significant structural damage in the earthquake of 1755 and now has a mixture of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic features. It houses the Museu Capitular, which is home to weird and wonderful relics including an 18th Century shrine made from bones ̶ before you leave, be sure to climb the tower for panoramic views across the city.
Tip: watch this Faro Cathedral video to find out more about this impressive building.
2. Sunbathe at Praia de Faro
Located 9km west of the city centre on Ilha de Faro, Praia de Faro is the main beach and offers a long stretch of gorgeous golden sands, amazing azure waters, activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing and a few cafes dotted around for refreshments.
You can drive here in the blink of an eye and it’s the ideal spot for a fun-filled family day away from the urban hustle and bustle. Remember to take your sunscreen though ̶ it can get rather toasty!
Tip: hire a car in Faro from Enjoy and tour the entire Algarve at your leisure.
3. Eat at Vila Adentro
Do you like fine cuisine in a fabulous setting? Look no further than Vila Adentro ̶ located in a 15th Century Moorish building in Cidade Velha with tables set out in the square, this is an atmospheric spot to tantalise your taste buds with Portuguese haute cuisine.
The seafood is sublime ̶ try the octopus and prawn curry or bacon-wrapped monkfish in a moreish mustard sauce. Meanwhile, you can slake your thirst with a jug or two of the superb homemade sangria or select a fine wine from around Portugal.
Tip: read Vila Adentro’s Tripadvisor reviews to decide whether it’s perfect for your palate.
These three things to do in Faro allow you to absorb some history and culture, top up your tan and fill your tum, but there’s much more to do besides, as you’ll discover for yourself when you get there.
If you want to combine a city break with sun, sea, sand and culture, this brilliant city fits the bill every time!
Have we missed your favourite Faro attraction? Let us know in the comments section.