Faro is the capital of the Algarve and this wonderful city has so much to offer. Positioned on the magical Algarve coast it brings with it sunshine, beaches, history and amazing seafood but there is also a history that comes with it. The nature reserve located offshore is magical and offers the chance to explore the amazing wildlife that visits here all year round. A peaceful city, there is a lot to see and do here.
The beginnings of the cathedral date back to 1251 but in two years, Faro had been conquered again and taken from the moors. The facade has a warlike appearance and with this comes a Gothic tower and should you want to take in the views of the streets of Faro and the lagoon, then you can take to the top of the tower. Following an English attack in 1596, the building changed significantly changed but during the 17th and 18th century, the interior was adorned by amazing gilded woodwork and tiles.
Located by the Marina, the arch can be used as the entrance to Faro Old Town. Here you will find whitewashed houses with their terracotta tiles and small squares where you can find restaurants situated on their own. In front of the cathedral, you will find the stunning plaza that is dotted with orange trees and the episcopal palace on the square was once the home of Faro’s bishops, dating back tot he 16th-century. Often, exhibitions take place inside but the oriental-style library and stairway decorated with tiles will capture the imagination.
Ria Formosa Cruise
The entire coast of Faro is a nature reserve, known as the Ria Formosa which stretches for 60km and protects a lagoon. This is where you will find amazing wildlife and unspoilt views and with rich birdlife, you can spot flamingos, ospreys, spoonbills and more. Take to an old tuna fishing barge and go on a nature spotting trip where you can explore the traditional aspects of the fishing industry in the Algarve where fishermen use waterdogs and you can also view the mussel, oyster and clam farms.
Faro Municipal Museum
This museum is the second oldest in the Algarve and opened its doors in 1894 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Henry the Navigator. However, the museum moved in 1969 to its current location which is the 16th century Nossa Senhorra Assuncao convent. The collection here is mainly from the Roman period with inscribed stones, a mosaic that dates back to the 2nd and a pair of marble busts of Emperor Hadrian and Agrippina.
Praia de Faro
If the beach is your thing then you can access this beach easily where you will be met with the famous red cliffs of this stunning coastline. It can be found just beyond the airport and you can even take the airport bus there but once there, you will be left breathless by the golden sands and rolling Atlantic waves that symbolise the Algarve and its natural beauty. There are hotels and bars located near the road that crosses the lagoon which means that facilities are never far away but if you want seclusion then you can find that easily on this beach.
For those who love shopping, when the weather is not its usual self, you can head to this shopping mall on the outskirts of the city. It has a broad range of shops and well-known brands for you to explore and enjoy. The large food court has a good choice of restaurants and there is a cinema where you can watch English films with Portuguese subtitles. This is a great place to visit to pass away a few hours when you are at a loose end.
Milreu Roman Remains
Just ten minutes from Faro, you can explore hundreds of years of history. Here you can take in the remains of a lavish country villa that dates back to the 300s and much of the foundations and lower floor are still standing strong today. There are mosaics for you to view that contain bold fish motifs that still look extremely good, even after all of these years. There were agricultural facilities on the state including oil and wine presses while there is a temple that was converted into a Christian place of worship in the 500s. There is evidence of a cemetery here after the moors used the site until the late 900s.
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