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Sadly, the fabulous town of Faro is regularly overlooked by tourists rushing onwards to Portugal’s more conventional (but decidedly less charismatic) resort town. A visit to one of Portugal’s most traditional towns will inevitably prove what a mistake omitting Faro is; a glittering marina compliments atmospheric parks and an architectural banquet of colonial splendour. A wealth of natural intrigue also surrounds the town, which proves a perfect springboard from which to discover the luscious lagoons of Parque Natural da Ri Formosa and the blissful beaches of the crescent coastline.
Within the ancient walls of Cidade Velha lies a medieval myriad of tangled streets, cobbled lanes and an intriguing historical inheritance. Here, Faro’s picturesque peppering of historical buildings reside, the most notable of which is undoubtedly the neoclassical Arco de Vila, a stately portal that heralds the entrance of the walled city.
The manicured and majestic Paco Episcopal projects its ruthless gaze onto the town’s captivating cathedral, and ancient and artistic structure that is undoubtedly Faro’s most exquisite ecclesiastical example.
Beneath the dazzling dome of the ancient Convento de Nossa Senora lies the captivating collection of Faro’s Museu Municipal; the highlights of this ancient and archaeological array are mosaic that dates back to the 3rd century, a date that defies belief, and kaleidoscopic paintings that depict local legends.
The rich and rustic charm of Restaurante A Taska continues to seduce devout locals who make daily pilgrimages to enjoy regional specialities in an intimate atmosphere. The traditional tavern serves specialities inspired by the Algarve’s rich culinary heritage; expect to sample tender meat and traditional corn meal dishes from the ever changing black board menu.(Rua do Alportel 38)