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Faro is the southernmost and most populated city in the Algarve region of Portugal. It was first settled in the 4th century BC and quickly became a strategic port and trade center of the Iberian Peninsula. Originally called Ossonoba, Faro was formerly ruled by the Romans, Byzantines, and Visigoths before the Moors gained control in the 8th century.
During Moorish rule, defensive walls were built to protect the important settlement from invaders. After the Moors ruled for hundreds of years, the Crusades toppled Faro by the mid-13th century. The historic center (Cidade Velha) remains engulfed by the medieval fortifications and gives you insight into Faro’s development. With its developed port and lucrative salt trade, Faro retained its value within the Portuguese Kingdom.
Wander the city’s cobblestone streets to discover medieval churches, beautiful palaces, and charming cafes. Taste delicious Algarvian cuisine at riverfront restaurants and visit the nearby Parque Natural da Ria Formosa to spot wildlife. The saltwater lagoons, dunes, and marshes connect Faro to a gorgeous coastline that attracts beachgoers around Europe.
Outside of its enchanting historic center, Faro boasts lively plazas and an eclectic shopping scene filled with pedestrianized streets. Faro is well-connected to other Portuguese cities and European destinations thanks to its international airport and railway station. Millions of passengers each year travel through the Algarve region, and Faro retains a unique charm that separates it from beach resort towns.
Faro sometimes falls under the radar, but there are tons of enjoyable ways to spend the day here. You'll find beautiful architecture and natural wonders at your doorstep and fantastic places for a meal.
Whether you wander around its historic city center or head to the beach, drop off your belongings with Bounce for peace of mind. You won’t have to carry around heavy luggage, and your items will be secure while you explore Faro.
Watch a classical music performance at Teatro Lethes
Visit Igreja do Carmo to see a chapel made from the bones and skulls of monks
Take a boat tour around the lagoons surrounding the city
Browse through paintings and artifacts inside the Museu Regional do Algarve
Explore the hands-on exhibits of the Algarve Live Science Center
Discover the archaeological wonders of the Municipal Museum of Faro
Drink delicious drinks at the Columbus Cocktail & Wine Bar
Wander into the historic center through the Arco da Vila
Lounge on the sandy shores of Praia de Faro
Rodoviário bus station
Faro Train Station
When you’re vacationing in the Algarve region, Faro is a fantastic stop for a day trip near the coast. The city is easily accessible from other Portuguese destinations, and Bounce has luggage storage near Faro to secure your bags.
Spend the day walking around Faro’s cobblestone streets, riding the ferry, or going for a swim in the nearby beaches. With Bounce’s convenient baggage facilities in Faro, you won’t have to worry about carrying around extra luggage.
Ria Formosa: The saltwater lagoons of Ria Formosa provide migratory birds and marine life a sanctuary outside Faro. For centuries, the tranquil waterways have hosted traditional fishing communities and strengthened the local economy. The area is designated a national park and preserves 170 km² to support the ecosystem.
There are ferries, boat tours, and island-hopping excursions that let tourists and locals enjoy the park’s natural beauty. Watch hundreds of birds, unwind on pristine beaches, and admire the views of Faro from the sea inlets. Once your vessel departs Faro, sail to isolated parts of the region such as Deserted Island and Ilha da Culatra Island.
You’ll have the opportunity to reach the southernmost point of Portugal and learn about seafood farms that power the economy. Bring your snorkel for the ride and dive into the turquoise waters to find lots of seahorses.
Faro Cathedral: Constructed in the 13th century, Faro Cathedral is among the city’s most revered churches in the historic center. Also known as the “Sé,” the cathedral was originally built atop the ruins of Roman, Visigoth, and Moorish religious sites.
The cathedral’s story is defined by tragedy and perseverance since it has been destroyed twice. Its first catastrophe came during an English attack in the late 16th century, and the other was the horrific earthquake of 1755. As a result, the cathedral now features a mixture of Baroque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles.
The historic cathedral has held the seat of the Diocese of Faro since the mid-16th century and it’s regarded as a national monument of Portugal. A small museum holds paintings, statues, and other religious items, while gilded wood carvings adorn the interior.
Castle of Silves: The Castle of Silves is among the earliest fortifications in Faro and a well-preserved Moorish castle. It’s believed that the Romans developed the area around 200 BC, but the grounds transformed into a mighty bastion during Moorish rule. Excavations of the castle revealed medieval ruins from the Moors and Crusaders that conquered the castle.
The castle walls underwent significant restoration in the 20th century, and visitors will notice the detailed features of the fortress. Tickets onto the castle grounds also give you access to the on-site archaeological museum. From the hilltop, you get a sense of what it was like guarding Faro during the Middle Ages. After wandering the castle and admiring the views, you can visit the café for a tasty brew and lunch.
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The price for luggage storage in Faro is just €5/bag for the entire day.
There are multiple locations all around Faro which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Culatra Island, Alcalar Megalithic Site, Milreu Roman Villa and many other areas.
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Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Faro. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Faro where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 Bounce Gurantee.
The most popular restaurants to visit are Faro e Benfica, Faz Gostos, and Dois Irmaos. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Faro are Real Marina Hotel & SPA, Conrad Algarve, and Stay Hotels.
Faro offers several scenic parks including Jardim Manuel Bívar, Largo São Francisco, and Calçadão de quarteira.
You can find local tourist information at Roman Ruins of Milreu, Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, and Tourist information.
If you're looking for a good museum in Faro, we recommend Faro Municipal Museum, Museu Marítimo Almirante Ramalho Ortigão, and Museu do Traje de São Brás de Alportel. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Faro's most popular historical attractions including Milreu Roman Villa, Palácio Fialho, or Castle of Loulé and monuments like Estatua de Bernardo de Passos, Monument, or Peça Mecânica. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Castelo de Albufeira, Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila, or Castro de Alferce.