4 days in the Algarve: Faro


Last December I spent four days with my parents in the Algarve, Portugal. Every time more I enjoy visiting summer holiday spots in winter. During winter time, these destinations become magical places surrounded by a very special light. On the other hand, the temperature in these dates in the south of Portugal remains between 15 ˚C and 20 ˚C, so you can also enjoy its beaches.

El pasado mes de diciembre pasé cuatro días con mis padres en el Algarve, Portugal. Cada vez disfruto más visitando lugares de veraneo en invierno. Durante el invierno, estos destinos se convierten en sitios mágicos bañados por una luz muy especial. Por otro lado, la temperatura en estas fechas en el sur de Portugal se mantiene entre los 15 ˚C y los 20 ˚C, por lo que puedes disfrutar también de sus playas.



We arrived to Faro's airport where several low-cost airlines fly. From the airport to the center you need around 15/20 minutes by bus number 16 that stops in the center, in the train station and also in the bus station (in case you want to continue from there somewhere else). The ticket costs 2.22 € (yes, it has this curious and beautiful price). In the Algarve we visited:
Day 1: Faro
Day 2: Estoi + Church of Sao Lourenco de Almancil
Day 3: Portimao
Day 4: Lagos

Nuestra llegada fue al aeropuerto de Faro a donde vuelan varias compañías de low-cost. Del aeropuerto al centro de faro son unos 15/20 minutos con la línea 16 que para en el centro de Faro, en la estación de trenes y también en la de autobuses (por si queréis seguir desde ahí a otro sitio). El precio del billete es de 2,22€ (sí, tiene este precio tan curioso y bonito). En el Algarve visitamos:
Día 1: Faro
Día 2: Estoi + San Lorenzo de Almancil
Día 3: Portimao
Día 4: Lagos




In Faro, unlike in the rest of the Algarve, summer is the off-season. Only some tourists with certain cultural concerns pass through Faro, as it is not a city for those who are looking for sun and beach (in fact, Faro has no beach). But it is worth strolling its streets.

En Faro, al contrario que en el resto del Algarve, el verano es la temporada baja. Solo algunos turistas con ciertas inquietudes culturales pasan por Faro, ya que no es una ciudad para los que buscan sol y playa (de hecho, Faro no tiene playa). Pero merece la pena pasear por sus calles.



What to do:
- Stroll through its beautiful historic center, a medieval walled nucleus.
- Visit the Cathedral, built in the 13th century but rebuilt after the earthquake in Lisbon. The interior shows a fusion of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. The entrance costs € 3 and also gives access to the cathedral museum and bell tower
- Go up to the bell tower of the cathedral and admire its views.
- Walk along Rua da Santo Antonio. A pedestrian street full of shops and restaurants, where the life of the city develops.
- Visit the Church of Carmen and Chapel of the Bones. Baroque temple founded in 1713 and its chapel decorated with about 5000 skeletons carefully arranged and secured by cement.

Qué hacer:
- Pasear por su precioso centro histórico, un núcleo medieval amurallado .
- Visitar la Catedral, edificada en el siglo XIII aunque reconstruida tras el terremoto de Lisboa. El interior muestra una fusión de estilos gótico, renacentista y barroco. La entrada cuesta 3€ y da también acceso al museo catedralicio y al campanario
- Subir al campanario de la catedral y admirar sus vistas.
- Caminar por Rua da Santo Antonio. Una calle peatonal repleta de tiendas y restaurantes, donde se desarrolla la vida de la ciudad.
- Visitar la Iglesia del Carmen y Capilla de los Huesos. Templo barroco fundado en 1713 y su capilla decorada con unos 5000 esqueletos cuidadosamente ordenados y sujetos mediante cemento.




From Faro you can do a day-trip and visit the beautiful hostel of Estoi and the wonderful Church of San Lorenzo, decorated almost in its totality with painted tiles. Happy weekend and soon I bring you the rest of the cities we visited in the Algarve.

Desde Faro podéis ir a visitar el precioso parador de Estoi y la maravillosa Iglesia de San Lorenzo que está decorada prácticamente en su totalidad con azulejos pintados. Feliz fin de semana y en breve os traigo el resto de ciudades que visitamos en el Algarve.





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14 comments

  1. The buildings in Faro are so beautiful, each unique with their tiles. You chose a good time to go, I've been to the Algarve in summer and it's over 40C. I love the delicious Portuguese food!

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    1. Yes, food is amazing! Yes, December was perfect! Sunny and no-one around! :)

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    2. I like how the Portuguese open the restaurants early evening, I find it difficult in Spain when I have to wait until 9pm to eat in a restaurant!

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  2. Stunning photos, and great tips! Loved this post - I wasn't familiar with the Algarve before reading this, thanks for expanding my universe :)

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  3. Love the architecture of these buildings, would love to wander through all of them and learn the history. Was not familiar with this area looks very interesting though.Nice photos!

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  4. Great photos, and great tips as well and I love that you have shared enough information to tease us a little more about Faro (as if the architecture wasn't enough!) Thank you for sharing this with us #feetdotravel

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    1. Thank you so much for your nice words!

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  5. Wow what great photos. I've visited Spain many times but never made it to Portugal. What can I say one day...

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    1. Thank you, Barri! Then you should go first to Lisbon, it's SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!

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  6. Algarve looks absolutely stunning. Your photos are beautiful! I love the buildings and I assume the place would have a long and interesting history. Thank you for bringing Algarve to my attention.

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