Attractions in Faro
Faro and the Algarve are attracting the most people first and foremost
because of their good climate and long coastal area with bathing beaches. This
is where the sun worshipers come when they have decided to vacation in Portugal.
- See DigoPaul for dictionary definitions of Faro,
Portugal. Includes geographical map and city sightseeing photos.
But in Faro there are also attractions and sights for those who want to
enrich the soul and mind with culture, architecture and history.
Cathedral of Faro
The local name is as simple as Sé and the cathedral Sé dominates the heart of
Faro's old town. Originally this was a Gothic church, but much of it was
destroyed during the earthquake in 1755. Of the original church, only the tower
remains. Take the tour as the church has a very beautiful interior.
Address: Rua Domingos Guieiro
Museu Arqueologico is the most famous attraction in Faro and is not far from
the Cathedral. The house that the museum is located in dates back to 1518.
In addition to archaeological finds, there are also exhibitions of
19th-century paintings, gold and silver jewelry and much more. Open from 1000 to
1200 and from 1400 to 1800 every weekday. Closed public holidays. Address:
Praca Afonso III.
Museo Maritimo (Maritime Museum)
The harbor commander's office north of the harbor also houses a maritime
museum. Here you will get a thorough introduction to the history of famous
seafarers and an introduction to fishing traditions in and around the Algarve
coast. Usually open from 1430 to 1630 every weekday. Closed on weekends.
Address: Rua da Comunidade Lusíada Capitania do Porto de Faro
The Ethnographic Museum offers exhibitions on local culture, handicraft
objects and the like about the people of this region. The address is Praça da
Liberdade, 2, just off the Franciscan Church. Opening hours from 0930 to 1230
and from 1400 to 1730.
Praca de Dom Francisco Gomes
Northeast of the harbor you will find a statue on a pedestal erected in 1910
in honor of the diplomat and statesman Ferreira d'Almeida who is a born child of
Faro. You will find the statue furthest west in R. Joao Dias Street.
Jardim Manuel Bivar and Igreja da Misericórdia
Along the street Jardim Manuel Bivar there is a beautiful garden
with beautiful flower beds, palm trees and other types of trees which makes it
an oasis in Faro. Here many of the city's older guards pull off a chat and study
public life. Here you will also find Igreja da Misericórdia, a church dating
back to the 1300s.