On the flat terrain behind are the houses and buildings of Faro, green vegetable plots that thrive on the fertile land and water wheels that were once used to draw water from the ground another reminder of the city's Moorish heritage.
In the distance a semi-circle of gentle hills, their slopes clad with fruit trees, frames the landscape. Villages where life goes on at the same easy pace as in centuries past, where unassuming churches conceal art works of astonishing beauty, where vestiges of the magnificence of the Romans still litter the fields.
These are among the charms of Faro and its municipality, an ideal starting point for exciting voyages of discovery.
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Max: Groups of 18 people ( On request )
Tour duration approximately : 8 Hrs
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The Arco da Vila gives access to the old town, known as "vila adentro" (into the town). Here you will find the 11th century Arab Gateway, the oldest horseshoe arch in the country, which was the gate through the walls for those arriving by sea. From here, a tangle of streets begins that are well worth meandering through to explore their nooks and crannies. Many archaeological finds that testify to the city's history are to be found in the Municipal Museum at the 16th century Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção.
Largo da Sé, dominated by the buildings of the Bishops’ Palace, you will find the Cathedral, erected in 1251 after the Christian reconquest on the site formerly occupied by the mosque. Inside is one of the most remarkable collections from the 17th and 18th centuries in the Algarve, a period that is also well represented in the Church of São Francisco with its beautiful gilt carvings and tiles. Nearby lie the two watchtowers that protected the Arco do Repouso, so named because, according to the story, it was here that King Afonso III rested during the conquest of Faro-
Outside the perimeter of the walls, there is a different city, rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake by the nobility and bourgeoisie, which can be seen in affluent homes and palaces and the romantic Lethes Theatre. Also notable are the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo and the Church of São Pedro, decorated in the baroque and rococo styles.
And since you’re facing the Ria Formosa, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to know it better. Classified as a Natural Park, this lagoon system has a vast area of marshland, channels and islets where you can observe several species of migratory birds. On the long strip of sand that separates the estuary from the sea there are quiet beaches such as Faro islands, Farol, Culatra and Deserta. Regular and other boat services operate in the estuary departing from Cais da Porta Nova, which will take you to these places where relaxation is mandatory