Faro, Portugal is the Algarve’s regional capital. This city is a favorite holiday destination that lies along one of the most stunning natural marvels of the region; with the 60 km long stretch of natural dunes, lagoons and the stunning beaches of Ria Formosa Natural Park. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit in Faro. Here are 5 places to visit on a trip to Faro, Portugal:
Ria Formosa Natural Park
Located within the town of Olhao just five miles from Faro, there are plenty of things you can do in Ria Formosa Natural Park. You can take hike on the park’s nature trails, explore the striking flora and fauna, and visit the park’s wildlife sanctuary of various kinds of animals. Besides seeing the flora and fauna, the park is also home to tide mill and salting tanks – 13th century Roman ruins.
St. Peter’s Church
This medieval chapel rebuilt in the 16th century is situated by the waterfront. Partly damaged by the 1755 earthquake, it was subsequently repaired or modified but its chapels and chancel still contain beautiful examples of traditional Baroque tiles and Rococo and Baroque altarpieces.
Algarve Regional Museum
At the Algarve Regional Museum, you will learn more about Faro’s culture, customs and way of life through interesting exhibits and photographs.
Ramalho Ortigao Museum Maritime
In this museum, you will get to learn about maritime role of Faro during the 17th century. This museum features fascinating exhibits like scaled fishing ships and boats.
Located just a mile from the city center, you will find numerous shops and high end department stores. Besides retail shopping, you can as well shop in big supermarkets for various items, dine in 4 star and 5 star restaurants, find bars and a big cinema complex. You can as well visit the flea-market to purchase bargain Portuguese souvenir gifts, leather goods, and other handmade items.