Our Guide to Experiencing the Delights of Faro

Faro, the capital of the Algarve. A tourist’s favourite, and unsurprisingly. It’s a place full of culture, beautiful sights, and lavish experiences. 

If you’re interested in the delights of Faro, why not take a look at some of our luxurious villas in the area for a stay that will sweep you off your feet, and while you’re at it, why not read our guide of things to see in Faro?


Things to see in Faro

This sunny spot has an array of locations to visit and things to see. Whether you’re on a search for history or some spectacular views, Faro has it. So here are some of our top picks if you’re in the area for a daytrip or experiencing the enchanting nightlife.


Old Town

Faro’s Old Town offers some delightful gems in the form of restaurants and bars, tucked away amongst the cobbled streets. Are you interested in the history of this wonderful city? You’ll learn all about it as you stroll through the medieval Old Town and past the Arco Da Vila; a monumental neo-classical archway that leads to the entrance of the Old Town.

It’s easy to see how the historical Faro Old Town has become one of the best things to explore whilst staying in Faro. Take an expedition through the garden of Jardim Manuel Bivar or visit the idyllic marina for stunning views of the water, or even take a picturesque boat trip.


Praia de Faro

When you’re looking for things to do in Faro, the golden shore of Praia de Faro is one that people will suggest time and time again, and it’s no surprise! Whether you’re having a family beach day or want a secluded walk, this beach truly has it all. With spectacular views of the rock formations along the coast, this place is a must-visit. 

Benagil Caves

Take a tour to see the famous Benagil Caves. These natural formations are something to behold. You can hop on a boat ride and see them up close or even spend some time on one of the hidden beaches inside the caves. It’s hard to believe these wonders aren’t made by people, with some cave beaches having openings above that are ideal for the beaming sun to shine through.


Faro Cathedral

Faro’s gothic-style cathedral is a sight to see in the heart of the city. Built in 1251, this historic monument provides a wonderful history lesson in the rocky past of Faro. The top of the cathedral offers a fantastic opportunity to gaze over the city’s streets and take some amazing shots from way up high.


The Bone Chapel

Faro is home to the Bone Chapel (Capela dos Ossos de Faro). This is an interesting sight to behold as this small chapel is built from human bones and ordaned with a golden skelton. This definitely makes for one of the most unique things to see in Faro.


Ria Formosa Cruise

Did you know the coast of Faro is a nature reserve protecting a lagoon that runs along the coast for 60 kilometres? Well, on a Ria Formosa Cruise, you’ll be able to learn more while getting a glimpse of the exquisite birdlife that surrounds the lagoon. From flamingos to razorbills, spoonbills, storks, ospreys, stilts, shanks and more, you’ll come back as expert birdwatchers!

Tread carefully as you explore this wetland of international importance, where you can see rare birds such as galinha-sultana (sultan hen); a symbol of Ria Formosa national park. Truly one of the most serene things to see in Faro.

Why does Ria Formosa make for one of the best trips in Faro? It’s because there are plenty of Faro attractions and monuments to visit along the trail which includes:

  • St Lawrece Path 
  • Quinta Do Ludo 
  • Torre D’aires
  • Forte de Rato
  • Forte de São João da Barra


Book your Algarve stay today

Now that you know about the fantastic things to see in Faro, why not browse what we offer in the Algarve? Our stunning villa selection is sure to boost the comfort of your stay to the max.

When you book with The Real Algarve, we can also offer our exceptional Algarve luxury concierge service, where you can take advantage of our bespoke services; this comes with an additional charge, so please get in touch to discuss your unique requirements.

Remember, we’re on hand to help, whether it’s bar recommendations, things to do in Faro or any other advice. Please get in touch with one of our experts today.