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Historical Places to Visit in Faro

Updated on March 14, 2011

Just a bit on Faro

Faro is the capital of the province of the Algarve. Today it has a population of just over 40,000 inhabitants. In history Faro was home to Roman and Arab settlements, the influence left by them can still be seen on various locations throughout. During the Arab era Faro was a very important commercial port. After the 1755 earthquake many buildings had to be rebuilt and restored. You can admire the massive walls that were built in the 9th century around the village to protect the population from incoming invaders from the sea that overlooks the Ria Formosa. On the outskirts of Faro there are still many families dedicated to agriculture, especially orange production with typically built homes ornamented with palm trees and olive trees.

Historical Places to Visit in Faro

Visiting Faro

  • Customs House, built in the 16th century (Casa da Alfândega)

  • City’s Arch, 1812 (Arco da Vila)

  • Maritime Agreement House 18th century (casa do Compromisso Maritimo)

  • Marine Museum (Museu da Marinha)

  • Archaeological Museum of Prince Henry the Navigator (Museu Arqueológico Infante D. Henrique)

  • Algarve´s Regional Museum (Museu Etnográfico)

  • Episcopal Palace, 16th Century (Palácio Episcopal)

  • Monastery of Our Lady of the Assumption, 16th Century (Mosteiro da Nossa Senhora da Assunção)

  • St. Francis Granary 18th century (Celeiro de São Francisco)

  • Misericórdia (Mercy) Church, 16th Century (Igreja da Misericórdia)

  • Jewish cemetery 1820 (Cemitério dos Judeus)

  • St. Peter Church, 16th Century (Igreja de São Pedro)

  • Carmo Church and Bone Chapel, 18th Century (Igreja do Carmo)

  • Church and Convent of the Third Order of St. Francis, 17th Century ( Igreja e Convento de São Francisco)

  • Church and Monastery of the Capuchos, 17th Century (Igreja e Convento dos Capuchos)

  • City Walls and Castle that surround the initial settlement, 9th Century (Muralhas e Castelo)

View of Faro, Airport, Ria Formosa and the Sea
View of Faro, Airport, Ria Formosa and the Sea
  • City Walls, 17th century (Muralhas de Faro)
  • Magdalena Chapel 19th century (Capela da Madalena)
  • Our lady of O Chapel 13th century (Capela da Senhora do O)
  • Our lady of Hope Chapel 15th-16th century (Ermida da Nossa Senhora da Esperança)
  • Chapel of our lady at the foot of the cross 17th Century (Capela de nossa senhora do pé da cruz)
  • Chapel of our lady of rest 18th century (Capela de nossa senhora do Repouso)
  • St. Anthony Museum and Chapel (Highest point in Faro) built in 1355 (Capela de Sto. Antonio do Alto)
  • Chapel of St. Michael, 18th Century (Capela de São Miguel)
  • Chapel of St. Louis, 17th Century (Capela de São Luis)
  • Chapel of St. Sebastian, 17th Century (Capela de São Sebastião)
  • Municipal Galleries (Galerias Municipais)
  • Civil Government Building, 19th Century (Governo Civil)
  • Ourives Farm, 17th Century (Horta do Ourives)
  • Municipal Council, 19th Century (Paços do Concelho)
  • Sé Cathedral, 13th – 14th Century (Igreja da Sé)
  • Lethes Theater, 16th – 18th Century (Teatro Lethes)
  • Also close to Faro, in a village called Estoi you can visit:
  • Roman Ruins of Milreu, 1st – 4th Century (Ruinas Romanas de Milreu)
  • Estoi Palace 18th Century (Palácio de Estoi)
  • Main Church, 16th Century (Igreja Matriz)
  • Our Lady of the Cross Chapel 17th Century (Nossa Senhora do Pé da Cruz)


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