Are you planning to visit Faro, but you have limited time that you can stay? Check this article which will advise you the most stunning places you need to see in Faro on a 1-day trip.
Faro as the capital of the Algarve region, a beautiful versatile city in the south of Portugal, has a lot to offer. Faro is a new destination for tourists with its typical Portuguese city atmosphere, the combination of interesting sights, rich heritage, and traditional Portuguese character. As a coastal town it offers warm sunny weather during a big portion of the year, beautiful beaches and traditional bars and restaurants with delicious seafood.
"It's a magical place."
Faro attracts people for many different reasons, everyone can find their own passion here. Let’s use this one day in Faro to the maximum. Down below you can see two options for a 1-day trip around the beautiful city of Faro.
All the roads lead to the Marina, a beautiful place in the city centre of Faro and also the starting point of this 1-day adventure in Faro. When you get to explore here, the first thing that you will notice is the Faro sing, a typical tourist stop. Near the sign you can see a statue of a woman with a shell instead of her head resting on stairs leading into the water. Then you can cross a small road and you will arrive at the Jardim Manuel Bivar, a scenic plaza featuring shaded seating and manicured green spaces, a garden with various kinds of trees and well designed, well taken care of flowerbeds. This space is considered the centre of the city, integrating one of the nuclei of the Historical Centre of Faro.
"History is no mystery."
After you enjoy the city centre, it's time to head to the old town. Cidade Velha, the historical old town is divided into two main areas: the Vila-Adentro, the oldest part; and the Mouraria, the area where the Moors settled from the late thirteenth century. When you try to find your way to the old town, it is good to go through Arco da Vila, a monumental neo-classical archway with remains of the original Moorish wall. Then you can roam around within the Muralhas de Faro, a wall with pre-Roman origins that encircle the old town. They were beefed up, and later restored twice during the Moorish period in the 9th and then the 12th century. When you are enjoying your stroll around the old town you will definitely encounter the Faro Cathedral, also known as Sé Catedral de Faro or Igreja de Santa Maria. This monument was started in 1251, just two years after Faro had been “reconquered” from the Moors. The cathedral was built over the ruins of an ancient roman temple having been a mosque during the Arabic period and converted into a cathedral after king D. Afonso’s III conquest.
"Fact! Faro. Fun. Festival F."
If you’re planning to visit Faro during September maybe you will be lucky and the streets will be filled with music from Festival F. The festival turns the streets of the historic city centre into one of the best music festivals in the country. For three days, the best national artists perform throughout the night in a farewell to another fantastic summer.
Sunset package: wine, friends and good mood
The last advice is at the end of the day return to Marina and enjoy the magical sunset setting on the beautiful Ria Formosa on a near pier.
Look at the stunning view..
If you are a fan of the beach maybe this second option of a day trip in Faro will be more suitable for you. You can start your day by going to the Marina, where you can look around and see the Faro sing, walk through the pedestrianised shopping streets, scenic plazas and variety of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy your breakfast. After that it is time to head to the beach.
There are plenty of options you can choose from, the bus, bike, ferry, taxi, uber, bolt or if you really like to walk then you can enjoy a 2 hours long walk. If you like surfing or want to try it, there is also the possibility to arrange surf lessons on the Faro beach, surf schools will borrow you all the equipment you need.
When you are arriving at the Praia de Faro you can see the Ria Formosa, a beautiful coastal lagoon. If you are a nature lover, you can take a walk around the park located before the beach or you can explore the beach itself. The beach is situated on the ocean side and stretches for about 5 kilometres. There is a road which follows the beach in both directions and is lined with Portuguese holiday homes and small beach bars, where you can enjoy a nice cocktail or delicious dinner while admiring the view over the ocean with the sun slowly setting down.
Both of these days are best to be finished with returning to Marina and enjoying a little bit of the night life in the streets, have a nice dinner, make a pleasant conversation with some friendly locals and become a fan of local artists while they are performing live in some establishments or in the marina. The city is full of life and action in the night so why not join and enjoy as well.
After reading our article if you feel like you want to stay longer in Faro and see more amazing places that this cosy Portuguese town offers, don’t hesitate to check our other articles: 3 days trip in Faro, The best of Faro. Also you can pop up for a drink in one of The top 5 Rooftop Bars in Faro. If you are a bike enthusiast then don't forget about our article Faro biking checklist. Are you a student? Check out our Erasmus Top Spots article, where you can read about favourite places of younger people haging around Faro.
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