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The Se cathedral was built in 1251 and should make it into the itinerary of every Faro visitor. It was initially built on the site of a Roman temple and it combines many strong architectural features from different parts of the world. After it was a Roman temple, it became a cathedral of the Visigoths and was then transformed into a mosque by the Moors. It is now a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles.
The Paco Episcopal is directly opposite the Se cathedral. It is a quirky building that is decorated in hand painted tiles and has a hat-like pointed roof. Back in 1596 the British army destroyed what was the original Paco Episcopal building, but it was since remade. After you’ve gazed upon it, walk down to the nearby ferry pier.
Faro benefits from a beautiful marina. The marina is located just outside the Cidade Velha, or old city, and round the corner from it is Porta Nova. Take a boat trip from here to the Ilha beaches, which takes about 30 minutes, and enjoy spotting the wonderful wildlife that the area has to offer. The waters are calm and tranquil.
Art lovers should head over to the Trem Municipal Gallery of Art. This is probably one of the art museums in the area and is an attractive building. Inside you’ll discover exhibitions compiled local artists and also international artists. Particularly impressive are the photography exhibitions and sculpture rooms.
Wander through Faro’s cobbled streets and leave the old town. To do this you’ll need to pass through the medieval Arco de Repouso (which translates to Gate of Rest). The gate is an incredible structure where Alfonso III is said to have relaxed after recapturing Faro from the Moors.
Many visitors overlook Faro when they visit the Algarve as it is perceived just as a destination resort. Faro is drenched in history, quirky traditions and is the perfect place to relax in. The food here is especially excellent – as is the wine.