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Things to Do in Faro Algarve Portugal - Sights that will make you want to visit Faro Portugal - The Algarve is generally known as an overcrowded popular summer holiday destination. But the Algarve offers much more than cheap booze and package holidays. Faro is a understated gem, located on the southernmost tip of Portugal, full of incredible sights dating back centuries ago. When are you visiting?

Sights that Will Make You Want to Visit Faro, Portugal

Located in the popular Algarve on the southernmost tip of sunny Portugal, Faro is a place that when you visit, you’ll just want to stay for a whole lot longer. A lovely warm climate, scenic beauty all around and stunning architecture all come together to make this one of the most mesmerizing parts of Europe. You’ll want to bring your camera with you, but even if you don’t, the sights will stay with you forever! Here are some suggestions of things to do in Faro.

Things to Do in Faro Algarve Portugal - Sights that will make you want to visit Faro Portugal - The Algarve is generally known as an overcrowded popular summer holiday destination. But the Algarve offers much more than cheap booze and package holidays. Faro is a understated gem, located on the southernmost tip of Portugal, full of incredible sights dating back centuries ago. When are you visiting?

>> Arco da Vila <<

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The Arco da Vila is built on one of the medieval gateways to the city of Faro and is the entrance to the Cidade Velha – the old city. The arch was inaugurated in 1812. On one of the inner niches you’ll see a statue of St. Thomas of Aquinas. You can still see the old Arab entrance way inside as well, which was part of the old Muslim walls and constituted the entry point for anyone arriving by sea. Yes, in case you didn’t know – the word Algarve stems from the Arabic word ‘Al-gharb’ which means ‘the west’ – the influence can be seen everywhere in the country, making this part of the world an even more fascinating place to visit!

 

>> The Sé Cathedral of Faro <<

Situated in the Cidade Velha, it represents something of a centerpiece, combining Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features. It is also where you can access the museum which holds some curious historical pieces, such as chalices and religious vestments and the forearms of St Boniface. Equally obscure, you can admire an 18th century shrine that has been built out of bones. A climb up the tower will reward you with mesmerizing views of the remains of the defensive walls of the town and the nearby estuary islands.

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>> The Dolphins of Vilamoura <<

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Some people think you have to travel all the way to the Caribbean or Australia to see dolphins in their natural habitat. They’re wrong! Jump into the car to the near-by town of Vilamoura, which is a mere 30 minutes drive away from Faro, and you can take a tour from the Marina to watch the dolphins. Keep your eyes peeled as you are hopefully witnessing one of the most fascinating animals in their element.

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>> The Museu Municipal <<

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This museum, which stands within the 16th century Convento de Nossa Senhora, the convent of our holy lady, in the former Jewish quarter, offers the opportunity to find out about local legends as depicted by the works of local Faro artist Carlos Filipe Porfírio. Other key exhibits in the museum include the Paths of the Roman Algarve, an interesting display of monumental stones, and the 3rd century Mosaic of the Ocean.

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>> The Silves Castle <<

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Who can resist the charm of a castle? Sitting majestically on a hilltop in the town of Silves, the castle and the cathedral stand aglow, surrounded by numerous orange and lemon trees, giving it the traditional Southern European charm, and are the first buildings you see as you arrive in this town that was once a Moorish Capital. The castle itself has 11 towers and the view from the battlements is simply splendid. And guess what? It is here where you’ll find the municipal library which is actually situated inside one of the towers. Quite the setting, isn’t it?

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>> Illha Deserta <<

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Located within the Ria Formosa Natural Park, the Illha Deserta which literally means ‘deserted island’ is actually a beach! It is only accessible by ferry but really easy to get to and totally worth it! The island is uninhabited and is also one of Portugal’s best beaches. This makes it the ideal spot for some tranquil relaxation. So, if you have some unexpected free time and decide at the last minute to get away for a few days, you should definitely think about visiting Faro. This warm and welcoming part of Portugal patiently awaits your visit.

Who wouldn’t want to be on a deserted island, somewhere in Europe?

heart-blueHave you ever been to Faro? Have you seen any of these sights? I would love to read your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Things to Do in Faro Algarve Portugal - Sights that will make you want to visit Faro Portugal - The Algarve is generally known as an overcrowded popular summer holiday destination. But the Algarve offers much more than cheap booze and package holidays. Faro is a understated gem, located on the southernmost tip of Portugal, full of incredible sights dating back centuries ago. When are you visiting?

 

So if you have some unexpected free time and decide at the last minute to get away for a few days, you should definitely think about visiting Faro. This warm and welcoming part of Portugal patiently awaits your visit..

32 Comments

  • DrifterHannah

    17.02.2016 at 09:50 Reply

    Nice! I visited Portugal for the first time last year and I was amazed at the landscapes and the food. I thought it would be super similar to Spain, but I was wrong; the feel is very different and I loved it. Great post!

    • Serendipity Tess

      17.02.2016 at 11:59 Reply

      Hey Hannah, yes, I completely agree with you! Portugal and Spain are very different – even the people are. Being half-portuguese, of course, I prefer Portugal;)

  • Catriona MacGregor

    17.02.2016 at 10:17 Reply

    Thanks! I’ll remember this when I go to Portugal in a couple of months. : )

  • Amanda connolly

    17.02.2016 at 10:57 Reply

    Made me wish I was back 🙂

  • Johna

    17.02.2016 at 16:03 Reply

    Your photos are stunning! It really does make me want to go here!!! I love the architecture and the place looks so peaceful ☺ added to my bucketlist!

    • Serendipity Tess

      18.02.2016 at 12:22 Reply

      It is very peaceful in autumn and winter – in summer….BUSY! It’s a very popular part of the world for holiday-makers! But somehow Faro kept it’s traditional charm – it is gorgeous 🙂

  • Travel Pockets (Crystal)

    17.02.2016 at 16:40 Reply

    What a beautiful looking city. And dolphins!? Yes please 🙂

  • Colby

    17.02.2016 at 20:26 Reply

    I’ve actually never heard of Faro, but this makes me want to visit. Castles, dolphins, beaches…what more does a girl need? lol Great post!
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    • Serendipity Tess

      18.02.2016 at 12:21 Reply

      I absolutely agree – what more does a girl want! If you make it to this part of the world – also visit Falesia Beach – the cliffs, especially at sunset, are breathtaking!

  • Mel | illumelation ✈ (@illumelation)

    17.02.2016 at 22:31 Reply

    What a beautiful place Faro is! DOLPHINS!!!! It’s official. Next time I’m in Europe I’m going to Portugal, and straight to Vilamoura.
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    • Serendipity Tess

      18.02.2016 at 12:20 Reply

      Oh Portugal should be on your bucket list! It’s a beautiful place!

  • Heather Ditmars

    18.02.2016 at 03:55 Reply

    I LOVE Portugal! You have made me want to go back!

  • Christine @thetraveloguer

    18.02.2016 at 05:18 Reply

    Faro looks gorgeous! I hvent been to Portugal in years, I would love to see those dolphins.

  • Jessica

    18.02.2016 at 07:32 Reply

    I am convinced! 🙂 I will totally keep an eye on The Dolphins of Vilamoura whenever I am in Faro.

  • Taylor Lorenz

    18.02.2016 at 11:26 Reply

    Beautiful! This has me missing Europe and wanting to plan a trip back!

  • Abbie

    19.02.2016 at 01:06 Reply

    That beach looks amazing!!! Lovely combination of things to see. Inspired

  • Fabiana

    26.02.2016 at 11:05 Reply

    I’ve never been to Portugal, but from what I read and from the stunning photos, it must be a really great country! 🙂

    • Serendipity Tess

      26.02.2016 at 13:35 Reply

      Ohhh Portugal is the best country in the world! If you do visit, start with Porto, head down to Lisbon and then visit the Algarve (Faro, Lagos, Silves – and the most beautiful beach in the Algarve is Falesia) 🙂

  • Paula

    21.03.2016 at 04:23 Reply

    Bom dia! We’ve never visited Faro and never really planned to but your little guide makes it more enticing! It sounds like a wonderful chilled, traditional city. Portugal is and will always be in our hearts!

    • Serendipity Tess

      21.03.2016 at 09:09 Reply

      Hey Paula, nice to meet you! It makes me so happy to read this! Yes, really, do visit Faro – it is really beautiful! I also recommend Carvoeiro, Lagos, Silves, Tavira. The Algarve has some beautiful beautiful little towns that need to be explored 🙂

  • Adrianne Webster

    05.09.2016 at 06:44 Reply

    I’m away to near Faro in 2 days – can’t wait now!

  • Alexandra | Hortense Travel

    18.04.2017 at 05:28 Reply

    Great post, I love the deserted island, Faro is a nice place, too 🙂

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