Why not hire an audio guide and go on a personal voyage of discovery? Guides can be hired with or without a bicycle, it’s up to you how you get around.
On arriving at the Walls of the Old Town, you’ll pass through the Arco da Vila, considered one of the ex-libris of the town and enter the Vila Adentro through narrow streets with typical houses. Once you reach the City Hall and the Cathedral you will see a wide variety of styles including Baroque and Gothic.
Exploring the streets of the Old Town you will find the Museum of the City Hall of Faro, one of the oldest and most important monuments of the town that was once the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção. In this museum you can appreciate some excellent archaeological remains.
Continuing on you’ll find another Arch that takes you to the Largo São Francisco. Walking next to the Walls you’ll see different tile pieces that describe the most important events of this city. Between the Walls of the Old Town and the Ria Formosa lies the Porta Nova. This door is also known as Portas do Mar (Doors of the Sea) because many boat trip to the islands of the Ria Formosa Nature Park depart from here.
At the end of your tour take the opportunity to go up the Cathedral Tower. It offers one of the most amazing views over the City of Faro and the fantastic maze of channels in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. You’ll be dazzled by this wonderful landscape of numerous small islands, marshes and barrier islands that separate this coastal lagoon from the sea.
Duration: 4 hours
– Audio Guide available in Portuguese, Spanish, English and German;
– City map;
– Free entrance to the City Hall Museum;
– Free entrance to the Algarve Regional Museum;
– Suitable clothing and footwear;
– Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses;
– Waterproof clothing for tours during autumn and winter;
– Water and small energetic snack.