Arco da Vila
Enter the Cidade Velha through the neoclassical Arco da Vila, built by order of Bishop Francisco Gomes, Faro's answer to the Marquês de...
Igreja de Misericórdia
The 16th-century Igreja de Misericórdia, opposite the Arco da Vila, has a remarkable Manueline portico, the only remnant of an earlier...
A popular central place for a relaxing drink or three.
Faro e Benfica Restaurante
Candlelit at night, with a marina setting, big open windows and a plant-filled terrace, this is a slightly upmarket, romantic seafood...
Lonely Planet review
Ria Formosa and Lands are highly recommended outfits working under the name Formosamar to genuinely embrace and promote environmentally responsible tourism. Among the excellent tours it provides are two-hour birdwatching trips around the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa (€25, minimum four people), two-hour guided cycling tours (€25), and numerous guided walking tours inland from Faro. Its 2½-hour boat trips take small boats (up to 12 people) in some of the narrower channels in the lagoon (€25), providing participants with a close-to-nature experience from Olhão. Two-hour kayaking trips depart from Olhão (€30).