Do you only have one day to spend in Faro? How bittersweet! The good news is that you will experience our warm and welcoming home city and sample some of the incredible things it has to offer. But you will soon realise that the complete Faro experience is only possible on a longer visit!
Of course, it’s impossible to include everything that makes Faro one of the Algarve’s most popular travel destinations in this blog. However, we have picked some activities that you should consider for a fun-filled, brief stay here, including sustainable, environmentally friendly Ria Formosa boat tours!
So, let’s get started on our recommendations for 10 fun things to do in Faro in just one day. And if you have any questions for the Formosamar team, please get in touch for the answers you need.
Enjoy a Stroll Around Faro’s Old Town (Cidade Velha)
Any trip to Faro should include a stroll around our city’s beautiful Old Town, known locally as Cidade Velha. The cobblestone streets whisper tales of history, with architectural gems ranging from the 11th to the 19th century. You can find structures from Roman and Moorish to the ‘Southern Modern’ of the mid-20th century.
Simply walking around the Old Town allows you to feel the heartbeat of our city. Follow the paths that tempt you most and you never know what you may see. You could end up in vibrant squares lined with local restaurants and cosy cafes, or at famous landmarks like the grand Sé Cathedral the Arco da Vila.
If you decide to take your stroll after sunset, read our blog Best Things to Do in Faro at Night when you have finished here.
Explore More with Bike Rental in Faro!
With only one day to explore, you will likely want to cover as much ground as possible. With our bike rental in Faro, you can zoom around and see more of our city than you ever could walking.
Pedal your way through Faro’s hidden gems, discovering local artisan shops, scenic spots, and so much more. It’s a quick and delightful way to soak in the city’s essence. And for an even more comfortable ride, upgrade to our electric bike hire in Faro!
If you’re a biking enthusiast, you can also head out on the EcoVia Litoral or Via Algarviana cycle routes, both of which offer an immersive way to explore stunning Algarve scenery. EcoVia Litoral hugs the dramatic coastline while Via Algarviana winds through the countryside inland.
Visit the Remarkable Carmo Church and Bone Chapel in Faro
Prepare for a spine-tingling experience at the Carmo Church (Igreja do Carmo) and its Bone Chapel (Capela do Ossos). The 18th-century church has a charming baroque facade and twin bell towers, making it a truly picturesque sight.
However, at the church’s rear, you will find the eerie Bone Chapel. The chapel’s interior was built using the bones of Carmelite monks, including over 1,000 skulls.
Experience a Birdwatching Boat Tour in Ria Formosa Natural Park
Get ready to set sail into a paradise of biodiversity! Join our birdwatching boat tour in Ria Formosa, a fun and fascinating journey of discovery into this spectacular wetland of international importance.
This protected area is a remarkable natural haven and home to tens of thousands of migratory and non-migratory birds, from flamingos to herons. Whether you’re curious about nature or an avid birdwatcher, don’t miss the opportunity to witness Ria Formosa’s vibrant avian community.
If this sounds like your idea of fun, we think you’ll love reading our Birdwatching Guide to Ria Formosa.
Soak Up the Sun on Praia de Faro
If you only have a day to spend in Faro and you want to hit the beach, your best option is probably our city’s most popular—Praia de Faro. Here, you can feel the golden sand between your toes as you look out over the azure waters.
The seaside experience is an essential part of Faro life, so do as the locals do and take a refreshing dip or enjoy a stroll along the shore.
Praia de Faro gets especially busy at weekends and through the peak summer season. If you’re looking for some more tranquil options, check out our picks for the five best beaches in Faro.
Hit the Water with a Kayak or Paddleboard Rental in Faro
Do you want to enjoy some active exploring during your day in Faro? Formosamar has exactly what you’re looking for! Our kayak rental in Faro allows you to head into Ria Formosa at water level, creating a closer connection between you and this natural paradise.
Alternatively, consider our paddleboard rental in Faro. Glide over the calm waters of Ria Formosa, encounter its diverse wildlife, and bask in the serenity of your surroundings.
Soak in the Views and Enjoy a Meal with a Drink at Faro Marina
Be it for lunch, dinner, or a casual drink at any time of the day, Faro Marina is a must-visit place in our city. Embark on a delightful stroll along the waterfront. Watch the boats gently swaying in the breeze while taking in the panoramic views.
When you’ve worked up an appetite and a thirst, head into an eatery that catches your eye and treat yourself to a delicious meal with a perfectly paired drink. The marina comes to life in the evening, with live music and a bubbly atmosphere.
Feel the Thrill of a Dolphin Watching Boat Trip from Faro
Ready for a thrilling encounter with nature’s most playful creatures? Join our marine life and dolphin-watching boat tour from Faro! Hop aboard a comfortable and safe RIB and join us as we cruise through the Ria Formosa Natural Park and out into the open ocean beyond.
We travel as far as 5 miles offshore in our search for dolphins, seabirds, and other majestic creatures in their natural habitat. This is an experience that will leave you in awe!
Don’t Miss Out with a Short Ria Formosa Boat Tour
Are you eager to explore as much of the Ria Formosa Natural Park as possible despite being short on time? Look no further than our Short Ria Formosa Boat Tour from Faro! Lasting for around an hour, it is a condensed yet enriching glimpse into this ecological marvel.
Admire the parks’ marshlands, lagoons, and diverse ecosystems on this highlight-filled excursion.
Read our Essential Guide to Ria Formosa to learn more about this unique natural wonderland on Faro’s doorstep
End Your Day in Style with a Sunset Boat Trip in Ria Formosa
Wrap your day in Faro on a magical note with a sunset boat trip in Ria Formosa. With a glass of sparkling wine in hand, watch as the sky paints itself in breathtaking hues, casting its glow over the tranquil waters.
This is a picture-perfect finale to your Faro escapade! If you’re heading further into the Algarve after your time here, don’t miss our blog Getting Around in the Algarve: The #1 Transportation Guide.
Create Cherished Memories with Our Faro Tours and Experiences
We hope you’ve found our tips for fun things to do in Faro in just one day useful! Don’t forget to browse our full range of eco-friendly Ria Formosa boat tours and equipment rentals in Faro to help plan the kind of day you’ll love.
Do you have any questions? Please contact us for more information about our Faro excursions, activities, or rental options.