Faro Pt Southern Portugal
Faro is the capital of southern Portugal’s Algarve region. Faro is beautiful and scenic and my favourite part is the old walled town and the surrounding marina…
This was our first time to Faro Pt, basically our first time to the Algarve region in Portugal. Unfortunately for us we did not have good weather. We packed bathing suits and bottles of suntan lotion but it just didn´t happen. We came back as pale as we went. On the day we left the weather did a 360 degree turnaround. TYPICAL!
Maybe I should add that we went at the end of April.
The weather did not stop us from seeking the sun in cute spots like this one at Tertúlia Algarvia, situated within the old town wall. I shared some of the food we ordered over on my Instagram stories. Just look for the folder named ´Portugal´ to see the lovely presentation of our food (which btw was amazing!) and my favourite WHITE WINE SANGRIA. Ohhh man I love this stuff!
What to see in Faro city
The Old Walled Town
Faro has a idyllic historic centre encircled by ancient walls. The neo-classical Arco da Vila em Faro was commissioned by Bishop Francisco Gomes de Avelar in the early 19th century and is set in the ancient Moorish city walls.
The photo at the top of this post where hubby & Luca are strutting their stuff was taken in front of the F A R O sign where (almost) everyone stopped to take a photo. On the second photo where I´m holding Luca´s hand, the marina is on our left. The bright, pink, candy-striped waffle kiosk was another perfect spot to get some great Instagrammable shots 😉
The Pink Estoi Palace
Building of the (pink) Estoi Palace started in 1840 but by 1893 the building was still unfinished and was destined to become a decorative ruin. However in May 1909 it was completed just to be left abandoned (again) decades later. The Estoi Palace reopened in 2009 as a luxury hotel. Definitely on my bucketlist of places I would like to stay.
Jardim Manuel Bivar
Jardim Manuel Bivar is a lovely plaza (square) opposite the marina with green spaces and places to sit, surrounded by the historic centre.
The Cathedral of Faro
The Cathedral of Faro is a Roman Catholic cathedral and was consecrated in the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the late 13th century by the Archbishop of Braga.
Faro is the perfect distance for a day trip to Albufeira, Vilamoura or Quarteira. The photo below was taken in Albufeira. During our trip we stayed in an aparment which we booked via Booking.com in the surrounding area.
A day trip to Faro could be divided into two, half the day exploring the old town and the other half on a boat tour of the Ria Formosa (which is a system of barrier islands that communicates with the sea through six inlets). Click here for more information about the boat tours.
Thanks for stopping by and please let me know in the comments what your favourite parts are of the Algarve region because I would love to know!