What to do

Faro, a charming city located in the south of Portugal, offers a variety of fascinating activities for visitors to explore. Here are some suggestions on what to do in Faro: 

Explore the Historic Center: Get lost in the picturesque streets of Faro’s historic center, known as the Old Town. Discover the authentic atmosphere, admire the charming architecture and visit the Faro Cathedral, an imposing historical landmark. Rua de Santo António is also very famous. 

Visit Ria Formosa: Ria Formosa is a stunning natural reserve that stretches along the coast of Faro. Take a boat tour through its calm waters, observe migratory birds (birdwatching) and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. 

Explore the Islands of Ria Formosa: Buy a boat ticket from Faro’s pier and visit some of the islands of Ria Formosa, such as Ilha do Farol or Faro Beach. Relax on the golden sandy beaches, swim in the crystal-clear waters and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings. 

Follow the Route of National Road 2: Faro marks the end of this famous Portuguese road at Km 738. Learn more at CM Faro.

Visit the Municipal Museum of Faro: Located in the former Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, the Municipal Museum of Faro houses a rich collection that tells the history of the city and the region. Discover archaeological artifacts, art and interesting exhibitions. 

Visit the Bone Chapel: The Bone Chapel is a unique attraction in Faro. Located inside the Church of Carmo, it is decorated with human bones and offers an intriguing and macabre experience. 

Savor the Local Gastronomy: Don’t miss the opportunity to try traditional Algarve dishes in Faro, such as seafood cataplana, razor clams and oysters. Delight in fresh fish and seafood, cataplanas, grilled meats and regional sweets, accompanied by good wine. 

Go Shopping at Forum Algarve: If you’re a fan of shopping malls, you’ll find all the stores you need to satisfy your needs here. 

Explore Vila Adentro: Vila Adentro (the historic center of Faro) is the oldest part of Faro, surrounded by medieval walls. Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets, visit the old cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the walls. 

Enjoy the Nightlife: Faro offers a lively nightlife scene with bars, clubs, and live music. Explore the bar area in the city center known as “Rua do Prior” and have a fun and vibrant night out. 

Visit the Centro de Ciência Viva do Algarve: Dedicated to promoting science and interactive learning, the center is an exciting educational destination for visitors of all ages. With its interactive exhibits, educational workshops, the Planetarium, the Scientific Garden, and a variety of engaging activities, the center offers a unique learning experience that stimulates scientific curiosity and promotes knowledge in a fun environment. 

Watch a football match or another event at the Algarve Stadium in Almancil (in Parque das Cidades, between Faro and Loulé). 

These are just some of the many activities Faro has to offer. The city captivates visitors with its rich history, beautiful landscapes and cultural authenticity, providing an unforgettable experience for all who explore it.