Faro is a fascinating tourist destination, combining a rich history, intriguing sights and authentic Portuguese charm. Sadly, Faro is often overlooked, considered purely for its airport, but spend time in Faro, and you will discover a wonderfully diverse city.
Within Faro, there is a delightful historic centre, encircled by ancient city walls, while the pretty city centre is lined with pedestrianised shopping streets and scenic plazas. By day there is an unhurried ambience about the city, with old men playing dominos in the plazas, but by night there is a surprising buzzing and social nightlife to Faro.
The city is also the gateway to the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a series of saltwater lagoons and mudflats, which are a haven for migratory birds and wildlife. Beyond the Ria Formosa are three sandbar islands, and these are the location of Faro’s pristine beaches.