Things to do in Faro

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Not only is Faro the arrival point for anyone flying into the Algarve, but it’s the capital of the region and home to one of the most beautiful nature reserves, with its island beaches and amazing species of wildlife. It’s being on the banks of the Ria Formosa that starts off the list of things to do in Faro, with boat trips, kayak tours, Segway tours, sailing, walking, diving and bird watching all on offer.

In the city itself, the ‘Cidade Velha’, the oldest part of Faro has many historical attractions and places of interest, such as the Arco da Vila, the Manuel Bivar gardens, the Cathedral and the 17th century Episcopal Palace. There are lots of guided sightseeing tours, a tourist train that gives a great overall view of the city or there are great maps available from the tourist office to go it alone!

There are plenty of things to do in Faro, whether it’s a wander around the shops, relaxing at one of the many pavement cafés, or visiting some of the historic places of interest. A ‘must do’ is to visit the ‘Cidade Velha’ (‘Old Town’) and see Faro Cathedral and the Bishop’s palace opposite. Maybe a trip to see some Portuguese water dogs, or a boat trip around the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. Water taxis will take you to the beautiful beaches around Faro..Culatra, Farol and Armona are all sandspit islands (ilhas) which protect the lagoons forming the Ria Formosa reserve.

Here you will find lots of information about things to do in Faro! Information about places of interest to visit, churches, galleries, museums, historical remains and leisure activities in and around Faro.

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