Old Town Faro
Old Town Faro
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  • Phoebe Sio
    Faro, Portugal4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable experience
    I love this place so much, I think it’s really worthy to check it out. It was so relaxing hanging out around in the area. By the way, we highly recommended Altxin transfer, we traveled around Algarve with their service, very professional and friendly. We had a great time with them. We 🧡 Portugal.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice old town to visit
    Some nice historical buildings and churches, not as busy in the street as I thought it would be. Lot of buildings seems run down and lots of graffiti around the area. Stayed on the old town so did enjoy it, it just lacked atmosphere.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 28, 2023
  • JYarba
    Huntsville, Alabama214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Walk In Old Portugal
    A walk through Old Town Faro has sights ranging in time from the 11th century (the Arab Gate) up to the late 19th (museums and cathedrals), and it's well worth an hour or two of your time to stroll through. Some of the buildings charge small fees to enter, but you can just as easily take it all in from the cobbled streets. There are plenty of modern restaurants mixed in among the older structures here, in case you need a meal or a cool treat on a hot day. Parking around the area can be a little dicey, and the meters where you pay a bit confusing when they're not completely broken.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Larni W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Faro day visit
    Beautiful architecture, definitely worth a visit to the cathedral and chapel of bones! Calm vibes and chilled pace. Watch out for false parking attendants looking for cash when 'helping' you park up.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Hollie
    Billingshurst, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holiday day trip.
    Am regulars to Faro as my best friends parents own a villa out in Estoi so we regularly go to the villa and of course Faro itself. On our recent holiday to Portugal we went to Old Faro town twice during the week we were in Portugal for, the gift shops are amazing(highly recommend the Ale Hop gift shop). Great place for ice cream and for a lunch/dinner. I strongly recommend the Chelsea restaurant in Old Faro town as the pizza is amazing and they even have an ice cream parlour next door to the restaurant . Can get great ice cream elsewhere in the town as well as well as pastel de natal- which are so underrated. My sister and I went on a local history tour of Old Faro town on a TUK TUK, this was a great and fun experience that made the day a day to remember- 30 euros for 45 minutes, seats 2 passengers.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 10, 2023
  • nigsy116
    Bideford, United Kingdom143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Weekend Break
    We stayed at the 3HB in the centre of the old town. I had a friend who supplied me a map of the 15 must see sights in the old town and we spent a very leisurely day walking them all. Highlights and things not to be missed are the Cathedral and the view from the Bell Tower, Capel del Ossos (Chapel of bones); the City gates ) apart from the New Gate, nearly missed it!!! And the storks nesting on the town hall. Lots of places to stop for coffee, great crepes on the Harbour! I don't think you could spend more than a couple of days here as you can walk around most of the old part in an hour; there are a lot of run down areas and graffiti is everywhere but there is a lot of regeneration going on. There's a reasonable shopping area, and Faro comes alive at night with lots of cafe's extending out onto the streets. This is not a place for blasting nightlife!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • K2356RFSue
    Preston, United Kingdom86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great location for easy access to winter sunshine.
    A lovely old town area with a stunning cathedral. All within easy walking distance of shopping, trains and a bus station. Ideally situated to explore other areas very easily and cheaply.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Lissette R
    North Bergen, New Jersey216 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice old town but needs some cleaning up
    Went to spend a day in old town Faro. I drove in and make sure you have sufficient euros in coins to park. The app is a waste of time bc you are forced to use their moneybank to pay and that means another app..... The area can be walked in one day. Lots of beautiful buildings that go way back into time. Very narrow streets. Some nice restaurants to dine in. The city needs to clean up alot of the graffati and help sustain it because it's looking quite run down. One full day here is suffice.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Colin W
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for a short visit
    Lots of interesting places to eat and drink. Small out of the way restaurants off the main areas with very good food. March is out of season so not that much to do. Museums and other attractions were closed. We would visit again for a short stay at a different time of year.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
  • Patricia S
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Faro, well worth a visit.
    A lovely place to visit, very pretty and plenty to do. Wander the streets, the old town very interesting. Good for nature, birdwatching, visits to Faro beach by boat etc. Train to Tavira well worth a visit. Lots of really good restaurants, cafes and a good microbrewery on the Marina. The Eva Senses Hotel was excellent for our stay, overlooking the Marina. We recommend a visit to Faro and the hotel.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
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Hollie
Billingshurst, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Am regulars to Faro as my best friends parents own a villa out in Estoi so we regularly go to the villa and of course Faro itself. On our recent holiday to Portugal we went to Old Faro town twice during the week we were in Portugal for, the gift shops are amazing(highly recommend the Ale Hop gift shop). Great place for ice cream and for a lunch/dinner. I strongly recommend the Chelsea restaurant in Old Faro town as the pizza is amazing and they even have an ice cream parlour next door to the restaurant . Can get great ice cream elsewhere in the town as well as well as pastel de natal- which are so underrated. My sister and I went on a local history tour of Old Faro town on a TUK TUK, this was a great and fun experience that made the day a day to remember- 30 euros for 45 minutes, seats 2 passengers.
Written November 10, 2023
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Destination768452
Margate, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The bus stops are very easy to find to get into old town. Really pretty area to walk around to get a glimpse of old Portugal. The atmosphere is very relaxed with street performers around the bars. Nice afternoon out.
Written January 4, 2020
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal23,632 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
When you like to visit the “Old Town” of Farao, than the best thing tpo do is to find a place to park the car at the parking on the “Largo de São Francisco”, here you are already in front of the ancient city walls and the entrance gate, and take a walk from here, this among the cobbled streets. So you will pass alot of centuries-old architectural locations, as the Roman passages, cozy cafes, and a lot of old history. There are a lot of things to see and the best way to see them is to just stroll around.
Written February 13, 2020
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Andy-S60
London, UK1,907 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A fabulous place to wander around for an hour or two. Magnificent aquarium, church cobbled streets, and of course atmosphere. Lots of cafes and restaurants, although beware the artificially inflated prices due to their position, even if in a dark square somewhere. Better to walk five minutes to the Marina where, although still more expensive than other areas, still offers better value. Loved the area though.
Written February 26, 2020
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colonial
County Galway, Ireland158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The church was beautiful and the walk along the water was really romantic at night. Although not the most fantastic Old Twn it is still quite lovely; I loved it. You should be aware that through it is the Algarve it is freezing in February and we needed a space heater because heating is unavailable in Faro as in Andalusia in most places. The tiled streets in the Old Town were some of the most beautiful anywhere
Written March 12, 2020
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Agnes D
Tienen, Belgium34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family


Really nice little streets with lovely restaurants and bars. You can go onto the city walls for 25 cent per person - do that!!! Really great view and the guys have a new project that involves you picnicking there and them taking care of tables, chairs and dishes. Entrance bit difficult to find but really nice to do. Across the street, there is a really, really good restaurant. Very little and very good.... You can see it from the wall, under the city gate. Mniammie.
Written August 17, 2021
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JYarba
Huntsville, AL214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
A walk through Old Town Faro has sights ranging in time from the 11th century (the Arab Gate) up to the late 19th (museums and cathedrals), and it's well worth an hour or two of your time to stroll through. Some of the buildings charge small fees to enter, but you can just as easily take it all in from the cobbled streets. There are plenty of modern restaurants mixed in among the older structures here, in case you need a meal or a cool treat on a hot day. Parking around the area can be a little dicey, and the meters where you pay a bit confusing when they're not completely broken.
Written July 29, 2023
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nigsy116
Bideford, UK143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We stayed at the 3HB in the centre of the old town.
I had a friend who supplied me a map of the 15 must see sights in the old town and we spent a very leisurely day walking them all. Highlights and things not to be missed are the Cathedral and the view from the Bell Tower, Capel del Ossos (Chapel of bones); the City gates ) apart from the New Gate, nearly missed it!!! And the storks nesting on the town hall.
Lots of places to stop for coffee, great crepes on the Harbour!

I don't think you could spend more than a couple of days here as you can walk around most of the old part in an hour; there are a lot of run down areas and graffiti is everywhere but there is a lot of regeneration going on.

There's a reasonable shopping area, and Faro comes alive at night with lots of cafe's extending out onto the streets. This is not a place for blasting nightlife!!
Written December 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lissette R
North Bergen, NJ216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Went to spend a day in old town Faro. I drove in and make sure you have sufficient euros in coins to park. The app is a waste of time bc you are forced to use their moneybank to pay and that means another app.....

The area can be walked in one day. Lots of beautiful buildings that go way back into time. Very narrow streets. Some nice restaurants to dine in. The city needs to clean up alot of the graffati and help sustain it because it's looking quite run down.

One full day here is suffice.
Written January 14, 2024
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473vivienned
Colchester, UK235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
So lovely to find an old town within a modern city that still has its boundaries intact. There may have been changes in the past 800 years, but it doesn’t feel like it. The main square outside the cathedral has orange trees that look far more lovely than they taste. The streets are so narrow and beautifully cobbled. And people still live here. If you peek through the shutters of seemingly deserted houses, behind some you see empty spaces with steel struts holding up a facade, and behind others you see a table laid for dinner or a dog faithfully guarding the door.
Written January 3, 2020
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