Top 10 Things to do in Faro, Portugal

December 18, 2017 Renato Branum

Faro is the best-known city in Portugal’s deservedly famous Algarve region. There’s an archaeological museum and a “Bishops’ Palace,” a Renaissance cathedral that was heavily bombed during World War II, but later rebuilt. Nearby in Estoi are Roman ruins, and Albufeira, also nearby, is a formerly quaint fishing village influenced by the Moors in the 8th century. It’s situated in a cliffside location, and has become famous for its beaches (there are 20) and nightlife.
Restaurants in Faro

1. Praia Cacela Velha

Rua da Torre Velha, Vila Real de Santo Antonio 8900-037, Portugal +351 281 951 467
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4.5 based on 323 reviews

Praia Cacela Velha

Reviewed By JanR1208 - Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

The village of Cacela Velha is worth the trip. There a a couple of restaurants and a cafe there but they get busy especially in the summer. Parking is a challenge when the Arisan market is on. I recommend the Nights of Enchantment when it is on. Experience the history of the Arabic Algarve, There are some steps that go down to the litle beach just beyond the Cemetary. Heed the signs for snakes on the path and watching for the tide. You can cross over the river to a much bigger beach on foot when the tide is low or get a boat from Fabrica, where there is another restaurant and coffee kiosk if the river is high.

2. Ilha Deserta

Santa Cruz, Faro 8005-554, Portugal
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4.5 based on 989 reviews

Ilha Deserta

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Reviewed By CFEIII - Austin, Texas

I took a tour out to these Beaches, they are very nice, but it isn't the same as wandering down and spending the day there. We went to two Islands including Ilha Desert, With high winds and stormy surf, it wasn't the perfect day to be on the beach, but it was beautiful anyway!

3. Palacio de Estoi

Rua de Sao Jose, Faro 8005-465, Portugal +351 21 040 7620
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4.5 based on 219 reviews

Palacio de Estoi

Reviewed By Bryn G - Santa Bárbara de Nexe, Faro, Portugal

This place is tucked away in the historic village of Estoi. A very ornate and character property with beautiful tended Gardens. The restaurant was exceedingly good, we attended a wedding and the service and food was excellent. Would definitely go back again.

4. Carmo Church

Largo do Carmo | Santa Maria, Faro 8000-148, Portugal +351 289 824 490
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4.5 based on 292 reviews

Carmo Church

Reviewed By SueBridgend_UK - Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

We went here not really knowing what to expect. Thought it would be a bigger pkace with a selection of skulls, but it wss tiny anx crammed with skulls and bones quire fascinating.

5. Old Town Faro

Faro, Portugal
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4 based on 1 reviews

Old Town Faro

Reviewed By coletteM1 - Dublin, Ireland

The old town is beautiful, I spoilt and lovely to stroll around. I would strongly recommend a walking tour but you can just stroll through the old gates to the Cathedral and down by the boats . Admire the paving on the shopping streets and visit the church of bones ugh!

6. Faro Cathedral

Largo da Se, Faro 8000-138, Portugal +351 289 806 632
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4 based on 623 reviews

Faro Cathedral

Reviewed By Kriegergirl13 - Hollywood, Florida

We always stop by the Faro Cathedral every time we are in town. We often go at the start and end of our trip.
I always get emotion seeing the beautiful visuals inside the church. Their are a few basins with holy water, ( I always pass over my family )
The view from the bell tower is stunning.

***i have done this with a 2 year old, 1 year old.... 5 year old ( she was 2 her first trip). ****

7. Forum Algarve

Estrada Nacional 125 Km 103, Faro 8000-528, Portugal +351 289 889 300
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4 based on 367 reviews

Forum Algarve

Located on the western entrance of Faro, just 5 minutes from the airport, Forum Algarve is one of the largest shopping centers in the region. With 120 shops, including 20 restaurants and 5 cinema screens, a Hypermarket and a parking area for 2.250 vehicles, it is a landmark project that has rapidly become an obligatory stop for many thousands of local consumers, as well as tourists. Forum Algarve's architectural concept was inspired by the regional lifestyle, in an open-air space that makes the best of the Algarve's sunny days. The materials used in its conception reflect Faro's history and traditional style. The shopping center has prestigious brands with renown names like Mango, Gant, Zara, Cortefiel, Sportzone, C&A, Nespresso, Fnac, Samsung and GMS Apple Store, as well a medical clinic and a pharmacy. The Cinemas NOS have 5 screens with the most modern sound and image technology, and the movies are all displayed in the original language. To complement the commercial offer, the Shopping Center also has 20 restaurants ready to satisfy the most demanding gastronomic needs, from international fast-food to typical Portuguese cuisine. For the comfort and convenience of tourist visitors of Forum Algarve, the shopping center also provide a service of flight information connected to Faro Airport, a check-in point to print the boarding pass for free, train and bus tickets and lockers for luggage.

Reviewed By Sc0ttishbill - Faro, Portugal

Not special but many of the common Inditex Group (Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, etc, etc) stores as well as some less common. A big supermarket (Jumbo) inside as well as all the telecoms outlets. Shopping centres are not common in the Algarve and with smaller shops dispersed around the towns and cities, often in back streets and up little lanes, it can be very difficult to find what you want, so this is a useful place to visit. Many food outlets on the first floor. I suspect however that the opening of Ikea and the many shops within the MAR shopping centre as well as the Designer Outlet, a few kilometres North, the Forum will begin to struggle.

8. Museu Municipal de Faro

Praca Dom Afonso III 14, Faro 8000-167, Portugal +351 289 870 827
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4 based on 203 reviews

Museu Municipal de Faro

The Museum's archaeological collection is displayed in three rooms. The Roman period is represent in the Paths of Roman Algarve Exhibition, starting in the Southwest Writing (Iron Age), going through the Latin epigraphy and the mosaic of Oceanus room; the Islamic room shows objects of the Muslim daily life. The visitor can also see two other permanent Exhibitions, the Ancient Painting (from 16th to 19th century) and the Enchanted Algarve by Carlos Porfirio.

Reviewed By Scrumpy123 - Sidmouth, United Kingdom

What an amazing Roman site, sadly neglected. The roads & motorway noise surrounding the site has destroyed it's original atmosphere in what would have been a very special & peaceful south facing setting up in the hills. The staff do not seem interested in the...MoreHi. We would like to thank you for visiting the Faro Municipal Museum and regret to know that it did not correspond to your expectations. We apologise for any inconvenience.

9. Nucleo Museologico da Villa Romana de Milreu

Rua de Faro | Estoi, Faro 8005-463, Portugal +351 289 803 633
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4 based on 102 reviews

Nucleo Museologico da Villa Romana de Milreu

Reviewed By Annette S - Newcastle, United Kingdom

The mosaics are amazing, probably should have got a guide book though. There isn't a huge amount of explanation of what you can see. Time your trip carefully if travelling by public transport, it really does only take an hour and you can end up with a lot of time to kill if you have miscalculated! (We did)

10. Rua Dom Francisco Gomes

Rua Dom Francisco Gomes, Faro 8000-306, Portugal
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4 based on 76 reviews

Rua Dom Francisco Gomes

Reviewed By Nomadman411978 - London, United Kingdom

Great area to walk around. The commercialization is more restrained than in other Algarve towns with none of the awful souvenir shops and junk food places. There is a McDonalds on the street but you would hardly notice it when walking passed as it blends in with the architecture of the area. Some nice restaurants and cafes but cold in March as the wind comes off the sea straight down the streets here.

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