The climate in the Algarve is mild. The clear blue skies and sunny days let you enjoy the activities the region has to offer. There are some rainy days throughout the year though. But most of the time they are only showers. So here is a list of 10 places to visit and activities to do if you’re visiting the town of Faro on a rainy day.
Visit the Cathedral of Faro
Located in “Largo da Sé”, the Cathedral of Faro is a church built on the ruins of an ancient Roman temple. It has seven chapels built in different periods. The Visigothic church served as a mosque during the Arab period. It was again readapted to a Christian church temple after the reconquest, in 1240. It underwent several works after serious fire in 1596 due to the English attack to Faro. And then again after the earthquakes of 1722 and 1755. It’s classified as a Nacional Monument. Don’t miss out on the chance to go up the Tower. You will enjoy a magnificent view of the town of Faro and the Ria Formosa.
Visit the Municipal Museum of Faro
This was the second museum created in the Algarve. With an award for the best Portuguese museum in the region during 2002-2005. It has 30 collections and more than 12 thousand objects that reflect the origins and history of Faro.
Visit the Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve
Created in 1987, the Museu de Ciência Viva do Algarve is an interactive space. It focuses on issues related to nature and biodiversity. It’s a great place to visit with the kids!
Have a drink at the Café Aliança
The emblematic Café Aliança is one of the three oldest cafes in Portugal and is worthy of your visit. Today it is a brewery but it was the oldest café in the town of Faro and the one with the greatest cultural traditions. Admire its façade before entering its monumental revolving door. Enjoy a drink while admiring old pictures of some of the most beautiful places of the Algarve.
Visit the Maritime Museum Almirante Ramalho Ortigão
Located in the captaincy of the Port of Faro, it’s opened since 1962.
It has 3 rooms with collections about the maritime activity and fishing in the Algarve. This museum reflects the history of the sea and the importance it had for the community. A museum full of Portuguese maritime history. This museum presents unknown curiosities of the life out on the sea.
Visit the Carmo Church and the Chapel of Bones
This is one of the largest Portuguese Catholic temples. The coated gilded carving chapel and altars are worthy of your attention. Built between 1713 and 1719. This church is a fine example of Baroque architecture, with a symmetrical façade in D. João V style. The sinister Chapel of Bones also deserves a visit. Built in 1816 with human bones of over a thousand monks as a astoundingly memory of mortality.
Have lunch at the Restaurant Chalavar
The “Chalavar” is one of the typical restaurants in Faro. Taste traditional food of the Algarve and seafood of Ria Formosa. Beautiful grilled fish and luscious seafood are the order of the day.
Visit a local product shop
“Despensa Algarvia” is a shop in Faro with local delicacies and regional products. You can find it downtown packed with tradition that will make your mouth water about the Algarve.
Visit the Palace of Estoi
Built over more than 60 years, the Estoi Palace is a unique example of the Rococo style of the Algarve. Was classified as a Property of Public Interest in 1977. Nowadays it’s a luxury hotel with visits allowed. Once in Estoi, visit also the Roman Ruins of Milreu.
Relax at the end of the day overlooking the Ria Formosa
The bar “O Castelo” located in the Old Town of Faro is a great location to relax at the end of the day. Have a drink and enjoy the view. The panorama of Ria Formosa is amazing.