Holidays to Faro

Faro is set in an exquisite natural lagoon which is protected by the rugged rocks of the Ilha Da Bareta and the Ilha Da Culatra. The site of modern Faro has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Both the Romans and the Moors have left a legacy in the town in the form of ruins and buildings. However the majority of the historic buildings date from the 18th century, and were constructed in the wake of the devastating earthquake of 1755.

The city’s Cathedral still retains the tower and two chapels of the original building, but the majority of it was constructed after the earthquake. It is a captivating mixture of architectural styles including Gothic and Baroque. There are a number of palaces close to the Cathedral to visit while on holidays in Faro including the former palace of the Bishop of Faro. The Earl of Essex raided the Bishop’s palace in 1596 and took many of the books back to the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Also close to the cathedral, the Arco Da Vila is the portal to the Cidade Velha (Old City) of Faro; this is an extremely popular area for those on Faro holidays. Built in the 18th century, it is a fine example of post-earthquake Portuguese architecture. The Cidade Velha is still enclosed by the original Roman walls.

The Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, is a slightly ghoulish attraction for visitors on holidays in Faro. Decorated in the bones and skulls of monks from the local cemetery, it is surrounded by delightful gardens.

A more modern landmark is the Largo de Sao Francisco, an impressive stone fountain that can be found at the southern end of the Cidad Velha. It is the centre piece for the annual Feira de Santa Iria, held every October.

The Cidad Velha is itself a compelling place, with narrow cobbled streets, art galleries and a sophisticated café culture that makes it feel part of a much larger city.

The beaches around Faro are among the best in the Algarve on which to relax and absorb the sun’s rays. There are regular cruises around the local nature reserve, Ria Formosa, where visitors can see the local flora and fauna.

Faro has much to offer the discerning diner. There are a number of superb seafood restaurants serving the best of the local produce including lobster, octopus, shrimp and tuna.

There is plenty for the more active holidaymaker to enjoy including golf, windsurfing and diving in the lagoon.

At the end of a perfect day, Faro offers you plenty for the perfect evening. The Rua do Prior is the Bourbon Street of the Algarve. There are loads of bars featuring musical entertainment, and they bounce from 10:30 pm until the wee small hours of the morning.

Holidays to Faro offer visitors a relaxing and culturally interesting destination that manages to feel as sophisticated as a much bigger city while retaining the welcome of a small town.


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