Must-Visit Places In Faro
Posted by SD Rana on July 17th, 2019
The largest city in the Algarve province, this is a well-developed economic and cultural centre. The production of common salt has played a huge role in the economic development of this place. Rich deposits of sault were discovered in Faro yet in the previous century. This fact has given rise to the appearance of numerous factories. The city remains a major industrial centre even nowadays, but in recent years it has started attracting more tourists with it's unique nature and rich historical heritage.
There is a surprising amount to do and see in Faro and this guide will detail the most popular activities for a holiday or short stay. For those tourists who are visiting Faro, seeking details of the main tourist sights in the city and want some great deals on tickets should view this guide:
- The Ria Formosa Nature Park protects the mudflats and saltwater lagoons between Faro and the sand dune islands. These sheltered waterways are a haven for migratory birds, small marine life and support small fishing communities who use traditional and sustainable fishing techniques. This is an extremely enchanting place you must not miss out on in Faro.
- Among the architectural sights of the city, we should definitely mention Estoi Palace and Ruins of Miller. It(Estoi Palace) was built at the beginning of the 17th century. In the halls of the palace, you will see a collection of antique furniture, paintings and other interior items. Estoi Palace is surrounded by a beautiful park and decorated with exquisite sculptures, columns and pools.
- Dormition of the Virgin Monastery built-in 1543 is another important monument that cannot be neglected. St. Francis Church, Church of Peter and Roman-Gothic Cathedral are no less beautiful religious buildings. There are also several museums in the city. The local Museum of Natural History exhibits a collection of wonderful paintings, while the museum dedicated to Henry the Navigator is devoted to important geographical discoveries.
- The most macabre but truly unique sight of Faro is the Capela dos Ossos, the chapel of the bones. This small chapel is lined with the bones of monks that were exhumed from Faro’s graves and their skulls look down and tourists from the walls and ceilings. The chapel has the bones of more than one thousand monks who were buried in the graveyard.
- The few shops within the walled old town are largely geared towards foreign visitors but venture into the patterned streets leading off Praca Dr Francisco Gomes near the marina and you’ll see where the locals shop. Among the clothes and shoe shops, hardware and grocery stores, you will also find crafts, gourmet local produce and souvenirs. While there are high street chain stores, others are unique shops that have served the local population for decades if not longer.
It's has a beautiful, medieval old town with a warren of tiny lanes to explore, a wealth of pretty parks and plazas and a very nice marina. Early summer is especially lovely here, though if you time your visit for mid to late August you'll get to appreciate some of the lively, colourful treasures of the annual folklore festival. With a reputation for 300 sunny days a year, many travellers just pass through on their way to the beach, or the golf course, etc.