Itinerary for a weekend in Faro
Faro is a fantastic place to visit for a weekend break given its close proximity to the airport and there are more than enough things to see and do! Some ideas of how to fill a weekend in Faro are set out below.
Half Day Trip around Ria Formosa Natural Park
With Ria Formosa Natural Park on your doorstop, it did not take any convincing to go on a 3 hour boat trip (25Euros) around the park. We stopped off at Ilha Deserta (the deserted island) which is the Algarve’s quietest and most isolated beach and Ilha do Farol, a sandy beach island with a couple of beach bars and a lighthouse built in 1851. You wear life jackets so it is perfectly safe and they also provide blankets if it is a little windy!
Opposite the marina and across the road is the entrance to the Old Town via the beautiful Arco do Vila gate. Just meander through the cobbled streets which will lead up to the gothic Se Cathedral and the Paco Episcopal Palace where there are also gorgeous lemon trees.
The Old Town itself is surrounded by the ancient city walls so we just wandered around the perimeter and ended up at O Castelo (the Old Castle) for food and drink and some gorgeous views.
You can climb to the top of Se Cathedral for only 3.50Euros for beautiful views, although sadly I messed up the weekend timings and was an hour too late – gutted! The opening times are (February to November) Monday to Friday from 10 to 6 and Saturdays 9-1.
In the newer town there are a variety of shops, bars and restaurants so don’t miss out on this part either.
We wanted to chill out so didn’t venture any further but I was told that Taveria is meant to be a cute harbour town which is worthy of a day trip.
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