Quick Guide to Faro
Faro is the gateway to the Algarve, which has been a popular holiday destination since the Romans used to spend winter there. Today, most people arrive into Faro Airport, and drive straight out again, heading for the golden beaches of the
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While people are always tempted to head straight to the beach, Faro is an exciting city-break destination with plenty of history.
- Cidade Velha
- You could spend days wandering the cobbled streets of Cidade Velha. The highlight is Faro Cathedral, dating from the 13th century, with intricate tiles and carvings from the 17th century onwards. Climb up the Faro Cathedral for panoramic views of the Old Town, the wetlands of Ria Formosa, and the Atlantic. And don't forget your camera.
- Trem Municipal Gallery of Art
- Art lovers should make a beeline for the Trem Municipal Gallery of Art. It houses temporary exhibitions by both local and international artists, from painters and sculptors to installation artists and photographers.
- Ria Formosa
- Ria Formosa is one of the unexplored highlights of the Algarve. This vast wetlands is a haven to wildlife. There are plenty of walks you can take through the lagoons and marshes. Alternatively you will see it when you take the boat from Faro to any of the island beaches.
- Igreja do Carmo
- Otherwise known as the Carmelite Church, this stunning church has a legendary Chapel of Bones. Literally lined with the bones of monks, the chapel doors are framed by arms, legs, and smiling skulls.
- Estoi holds a large site of Roman ruins dating back to the AD100-200. Explore Roman baths, a preserved Roman villa, a mausoleum and even a wine press - you'll feel like you've travelled back in time.
How to get to Faro
Cheap flights to Faro depart from airports all across the UK so it's a very easy destination to reach. With flight times of around two hours, your holiday will be started in no time. Once you've touched down, there are local buses, a shuttle and taxis that can take you to your hotel, but if you're after cheap Faro car hire it's best to book in advance.
Where to stay in Faro
Staying in the Old Town is definitely a good way to add that wow factor to your Faro holiday snaps, but if you're on a slightly more limited budget, then the new centre is a great place for cheap hotels, and has a wealth of all inclusive deals. There's a range of accommodation to choose from and you'll be close to the Old Town, the Marina and have great access to the lagoon.