Faro the ‘capital of the Algarve’ is a cosmopolitan city with many centuries of history. The old part is still surrounded by Roman walls and is very attractive.
The city has many fine buildings, you should visit the Archaeology Museum housed in a 16th century former convent, and it contains displays of archaeological finds including a wonderful Roman mosaic. Other places of interest you may wish to see are the Bishops Palace and the church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo.
The Bishops Palace situated in the Old Town was built in 1851 has a magnificent library. The church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo whose chapel houses a collection of bones including skulls from over 1200 monks! You can see gold leaf woodwork, carved in the 18th century and said to be the best examples in Southern Portugal.
You can wander through the narrow cobbled streets; it is here you will find some of the important and ancient monuments. The city walls were built in the 9th century and the Arab Doors, an arch that was once the entrance to the city for those arriving by sea.
A short distance from Faro is the Ria Formosa lagoon, a large nature reserve and a stopping off point for hundreds of different birds during the migratory periods.
There are excellent beaches within easy reach of the city. You can take a bus or ferry out to Praia de Farol, here you can relax and enjoy the miles of golden sandy beach. If you are sports enthusiasts there are plenty of facilities here to enjoy. There are many cafes and restaurants for food and refreshments to choose from.
This area is a joy for golfers there are around 19 courses between Faro and Albufeira, plenty of choice for you here! There are many attractions and places of interest in and around this area and is suitable for all age groups.