Faro is a prominent beach resort in Portugal. It is a major highlight of Algarve and gives travellers the feeling that they are in a large city. Its central region has several streets that are not crowded by traffic. They have aesthetically appealing mosaic and offer great glimpses near the Doca harbour.
Since it is a well-placed port and is close to the lagoon of Ria Formosa, it became well-known during the times of the Roman Empire. In summer, tourist boats and buses connect the resorts and beaches. Nightlife too, is vibrant here. Faros information centre for tourists is located at the end of Jardim Manual Bivar adjacent to Arco de Vila and Bishop’s Palace. The regional information centre is at the east of Old City.
Arco de Vila belongs to the 18th century. It stands near the local tourist centre. It marks the entrance of Cidade Velha (old city). It leads to Sé cathedral and Rua do Municipio.
This city attracts tourists due to its sea-side attractions and beaches like Praia de Faro. There are pricey yachts and waterfront cafes at the harbour front. Centro Historico or Old City overlooks the harbour. This is where Faros historical buildings are found. Many important buildings of Faro have been destructed by 1755s Great Earthquake. 13th centurys Faro Cathedral, also known as Sé appears simple and orange trees line the entrance. There was a mosque in its site before. After the earthquake, most part of the Cathedral was re-modelled and built again; its tower and a couple of chapels retain their original structure. Its architecture is a combination of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles. Near it are some palaces like the palace of a former Bishop.
Some of the 20th century landmarks are Estadio Algarve (Algarve Stadium), Largo de Sao Francisco (St. Francis Fountain) and University of Algarve. Estadio Algarve or Algarve Stadium is a newer landmark. Many seasonal events are held here. University of Algarve is a prominent educational landmark. It is a public University and has about 10000 students. It was founded in the late 70s and has improved in stature and size since then. It is well-known for oceanography and marine biology. It is spread within 2 campuses.
Largo de Sao Francisco, a fascinating fountain is to the south of Cidade Velha. In October, it hosts Feira de Santa Iria that includes live entertainment, market stalls and fairground rides. At other times, it acts as a car park.
There are few good museums like Museu Municipal de Faro (The Municipal Museum of Archaeology), Museu Maritimo (Maritime Museum) and Museu Regional Do Algarve (Regional Museum of the Algarve). Alte is a village that is a short distance away from Faro. It has beaches and mountains of Serra de Monchique which offer many scenic hiking. Lisbon is less than 3 hours away from Faro.
For car hire from Faro airport, there are car hire companies that operate from the airport itself. They offer reliable service and can be contacted anytime by dialling a toll-free phone number for cheap car hire in Faro. Using these rental cars, travellers can reach hotels, golf courses and other locations. If you cancel the rental vehicle, there is no fee.