Enjoy your fairy tale holiday in Faro!
Faro, the capital of Algarve, is simply an effervescent city which attracts thousands of people every year. Even if you’re frequently visiting it, you’re still going to be surprised every single time!
Faro is surrounded by must-see places to visit and numerous things to do. No matter how long your stay is, it’s easy to find places of interest in Faro to enjoy your experience and to live to the fullest every single moment!
Faro has a much more Portuguese character than most tourist cities on the coast. Everyone who visits this place will be completely mesmerized by its charm and beauty!
The picturesque Old Town (Cidade Velha) with its medieval walls, the white washed narrow streets, the attractive squares, its museums and churches are good reasons to visit Faro, to discover this enchanting city and to fall in love with its uniqueness!
A trip to Faro cannot be completed without visiting its Old Town!
Featuring lovely cobblestone streets, important landmark buildings, museums, Roman passages, captivating churches, distinguished tiled houses, lively squares and cozy cafes, Faro’s Old Town is a “city” within the city.
While in the Old Town, you cannot miss the Sé Catedral de Faro, also known as Igreja da Sé, located in Largo da Sé, a picturesque orange tree-lined square that is home to the 19th-century Town Hall, the 18th-century Bishop’s Palace, and the ancient cathedral.
Built on the site of an Arab mosque, Faro Cathedral was consecrated in the late 13th century, but successive facelifts have added Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque features that lend the building’s exterior a rather haphazard look.
The interior consists of three naves divided by columns of the Tuscan order and chapels in Gothic, Baroque, and Mannerism styles, sumptuously decorated with elaborate gilded wood altars and gazed azulejos (Portuguese tiles). The cathedral was reconstructed after the devastating 1755 earthquake.
Those fascinated by history, away from the Old Town, Faro’s city center is landmarked by the 18th-century Carmo Church. The striking twin-towered façade of this Baroque beauty dominates the neighborhood, and, apart from being an outstanding attraction for tourists, it also represents a site of devotion for locals.
A wander inside reveals an impressive altarpiece, glistening with gold leaf from Brazil, and an ornamented sacristy. But there’s a more ghoulish attraction behind the church, which brings thounsands of visitors, and that is the extraordinary Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones).
Built in the 19th century, the chapel’s interior is decorated with bones and skulls of over 1200 monks, which fill every single available surface of the chapel, and there are displayed in different geometric patterns.
Another not to be missed location is The Infante Dom Henrique Archaeological Museum, housed in the former convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção in Faro just behind Faro Cathedral, also known as the Municipal Museum of Faro.
The Museu Municipal de Faro’s permanent exhibits include a range of artifacts from prehistoric Portugal to neoclassical times including pottery, paintings and a large 3rd century Roman mosaic showing Oceanus, the god of the sea, which was discovered near Faro Railway Station.
The collection is closely linked to Faro’s history, since the time the city as called Ossonoba. It has artifacts from the pre-historic, Roman, Moorish and medieval periods, including a gallery of religious artworks and paintings from the 20th century.
If you’re looking for relaxing things to do in Faro, the Ria Formosa Natural Park is the ideal destination, which was selected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.
Classified as a Natural Park in 1987, Ria Formosa encompasses an area of about 18 000 hectares, and is protected from the sea by 5 barrier-islands and 2 peninsulas: the Peninsula of Ancão that the locals call Ilha de Faro, the Barreta Island also known as Ilha Deserta, the Culatra Island, the Island of Armona, the Island of Tavira, Cabanas Island and, finally, the Peninsula of Cacela. You cannot leave these places without rejoicing their natural beauty and charm!
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