If you only have two days to get to know an area of the Algarve and if you are looking for more than beach and sun, Faro is the ideal destination. Not only is it the capital of the region, it is only 10 minutes away from the airport. Perfect for those who have little time and do not want to miss out by spending time travelling to places. It is the most complete city in regards to its wide range of activities.
Ria Formosa Restaurant: Located on the 4th floor of the Hotel Faro, overlooking the Ria Formosa, it is great for a drink at the end of the day followed by dinner. Some say it is the best location to watch the sunset and we confirm. The menu is sophisticated without losing the traditional flavours of Algarvian cuisine.
Restaurante Hápetite: For a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, this is the right place to try and taste a little of every Algarvian delicacy. The menu is created by the Italian Augusto Gemelli, who once settled in Lisbon, and has cataplanas as one of the most ordered and recommended dishes.
Tertulia Algarvia: is the typical restaurant with a very selective and cared-for environment. It started out of the will of 6 friends and their desire to spread the gastronomy, history and traditions of the region. Located in the historical center of Faro, it is well worth a visit. Try to find a seat on the terrace and ask for the fish rice. You will not regret it!
Faro is a historical city with several points of interest, mainly located in the "Old Town", also known as "Vila Adentro". Take a walk through the streets and alleys of Faro and be enchanted by this friendly city, discover its museums, galleries and cafes and meet its people.
Start at Arco da Vila and go to the Interpretive Center to learn more about the history of the Algarvian capital. Also stop by the Museum of the City of Faro, which is in the Convent of Our Lady of the Assumption, whose collection has pieces ranging from the 16th to the 19th centuries. It is also worth visiting the Palácio de Estoi, the ruins of Milreu and, of course, the natural park of Ria Formosa.
To go out:
Since no one can survive on culture alone, nighttime always craves for music and a drink, especially if the weather is good. Faro has a lot to offer for all tastes. There are plenty of little bars in the old town, such as the Castle Bar, or the CheSsenta Bar, with karaoke. For those who want to continue the night, a taxi ride to the disco “Lick”, at the entrance of Vilamoura, is recommended for an even more daring experience.