Whether it is January or July: temperatures never differ more than 10 degrees Celsius. Faro is praised for its climate for good reason. When combining its lovely beaches, pleasant inner city and good restaurants, there can only be one conclusion: Faro is always a good choice.
Over 2000 years ago, the Romans constructed a harbour and city walls. This was the starting point for a period of growth and development. In 1540 Faro was granted city rights and in 1756 it became the capital of the province of Algarve. The walls are still standing and are impressive to see. There are three city gates of which the Arco da Vila is the most beautiful. The gate gives access to the Cidade Velha (Old City).
The main square in the city centre is called Largo de Se. The cathedral, of the same name, is located at the square and has a rather special build. Due to violence of war, the building was repeatedly damaged, each time followed by a restoration executed in a different style. There is hardly anything left of the original building, except for the bell tower and two cross chapels.
At a stone’s throw away, you will find Nossa Senhora da Assuncao, a former monastery which is now home to an archaeological museum. The collection gives an impression of the eventful past of Faro, with various Roman and West Gothic finds. The monastery garden, filled with flowers, is also worthwhile.
A part of the city centre has been made car-free. In this pedestrian zone you will find a large number of shops selling clothes, shoes and handicrafts. For fresh products the Mercado Municipal is recommended. This market is opened nearly every day until late in the evening and offers a variety of local delicacies such as cheeses, sausages and candy.
Where cars must make way, room for hospitality is created. Most restaurants are located at Rua de Santo Antonio. Those who then wish to get their feet on the dance floor can finish the day in one of the clubs at Rua do Prior.
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