Faro Holidays

Faro Holidays – Capital of the Algarve

It may be the main entry point into the Algarve for international holidaymakers, but Faro is far more than just an airport and busy provincial city. A holiday in Faro combines culture with wonderful beaches, superb cuisine and a chance to explore the lush Ria Formosa nature reserve whose sand dunes and islands are forever changing, shaped by the tides. Faro is your ideal holiday destination.

The city is full of history, dating back to the 9th century, when it was a Roman stronghold. The oldest part, the Cidade Velha, lies to the east of the Marina. Pass under the Arco da Vila at the end of Manuel Bivar gardens, where the narrow cobbled Rua do Municipio leads you into the tree-lined Largo de Sé, and at the end is Faro Cathedral, with its beautiful gilded carvings and 13th century tile-work. For a creepy holiday memory visit the Capela dos Ossos in the Largo de Campo. This ‘Chapel of Bones’ is decorated by the skulls of over 1000 deceased monks, an eerie experience when the temperature is right and the moisture dripping from the skulls makes them look as if they are sweating.

The streets leading in the opposite direction from the Manual Bivar gardens lead you to a more modern world of cafes and restaurants sitting around cobbled squares, and onward to the waterfront.