Is Faro Worth Visiting?

Faro, the charming capital of the Algarve region in Portugal, offers a blend of immersive culture, enchanting natural beauty, and fascinating historical perspectives. Situated on the southernmost tip of the country, bordered by sparkling turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Faro captivates visitors with its magnetic allure. The city is renowned for its captivating Old Town adorned with cobbled streets and grand monuments such as the neoclassical Arco da Vila. Faro's picturesque marina, cathedral, exquisite seafood restaurants, and atmospheric cafes provide a delightful experience. Not to forget, it is the gateway to the Ria Formosa Natural Park—a haven for bird-watching enthusiasts—and offers vibrant nightlife attracting party-lovers worldwide.

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Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 6 experiences

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Things to do

3.7/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

3.9/5

Budget-friendly

3.1/5
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Faro is a safe and cute town, I stayed at a guesthouse in the city center which was very nice and well equipped. There is also a a beach nearby. There are many restaurants, cafes and bars to explore and there are a couple of cute spots to see. I highly recommend that you visit “Capela dos Ossos de Faro (Bone Chapel)” if you’re in the area. The description on the maps states that “it’s a compact chapel built from the bones of Carmelite monks, featuring more than 1,000 skulls.” The ticket was only 2 Euros and it was very interesting! The town is small and you don’t need to stay for long and I got some insect bites during my first day in Faro so I recommend that you plan it as a short trip or a part of a trip and keep a bug repellent with you. :)

Posted: December 27, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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People are not very tourist friendly. It was too cold in the hostel and it's so difficult to go on foot with a baggage, causes roads are built in stones. I only liked a marine biologist who works in a "Alive" museum who was very nice explaining me everything over there, had interest and patience.

Posted: October 25, 2023Experienced: September, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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The Old Town was wonderful, definitely suitable for walks and had several excellent restaurants. I took a ferry to the island and went to the beach, it was beautiful. I also dedicated one day to go to Marinha beach and took part in a tour of the caves and dolphins on speedboats. It was very fun, and the caves were beautiful.

Posted: April 15, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Things to do: - Walk the trail of the Seven Hanging Valleys - Visit the Benagil caves and Praia da Marinha by kayak - Spend a day at the Ria Formosa Nature Park - Explore the streets of Lagos city and Faro's old town - Get lost in the villages of Ferragudo and Carvoeiro - Explore the Castle in Silves Safety: I felt incredibly safe. Recommendations: Faro is a fairly small town, but the coastline is beautiful. It's also a great place for surfing.

Posted: September 10, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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To do: - Quinta do Lago - Vale do Lobo - Ria Formosa - Culatra Island - Barreta Island - Tavira Island - Church of Santa Maria - City Museum in Faro - Carmo Church Safety: I felt safe. Recommendations: Faro is a beautiful city, full of small squares and winding streets.

Posted: September 3, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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