Cabo de Santa Maria Lighthouse, Culatra Island, Faro

Cabo de Santa Maria Lighthouse, Culatra Island, Faro

photo by Manjeet Bawa (Flickr Creative Commons)

Faro Motorhome Rental

photo by Massimo Catarinella (wikimedia commons)Carmo Church, Faro photo by Massimo Catarinella (wikimedia commons)

Faro is often overlooked by visitors to the south of Portugal as they usually arrive on a flight and drive straight out the nearby beaches and resorts of the Algarve.  However Faro has a lot of history and despite suffering some earthquake damage there are still a lot of Moorish and even Roman remains to be seen here.  

Services for Motorhome Rental vehicles

Faro is simple for motorhome rentals and campervan hire, there’s a large area right in the centre near the sea with parking for the day or overnight.  Add to that the choice of campsites on the outskirts you really can’t go wrong here.  No need for shuttle buses or the metro, you can get right in the centre.

Top things to see and do 

Visit the Cidade Velha or the historical centre of Faro.  Not far from the harbour, the old town is enclosed by ancient walls. Enter through the Arco da Vila gate which dates back to Roman times and spend time wandering around the cobbled streets.  Head for the main square with the beautiful Largo de Se, Cathedral, Bishops Palace and a former convent now home to the archaeological museum.  Climb to the top of the clock tower, there are amazing views over the whole of the old town and out towards the sea.

One for the girls. Take a relaxing boat ride out to the islands off the Faro coastline where the peninsular meets the Atlantic.  Guides will show you the best places for spotting some beautiful birds and there’s always an opportunity for a swim in some of the most clear water anywhere.

One for the boys.  Visit the Capela de Ossos.  Any ideas?......the Chapel of Bones.  The chapel is inside the Igreja do Carmo and is decorated with the skeletal remains over 1,000 monks whose bodies were exhumed in 1816 to make way for the cathedral.  The inscription above the door reads "Stop here and think of the fate that will befall you.".  It’s very strange, experience, but worth a visit.

Just for fun…Take a quad bike tour.  Get kitted out in protective gear and after a full safety briefing and practice in the training field, head for the hills.  Travel dusty tracks and through rivers to some totally deserted and amazingly beautiful spots where you’ll stop for a lunch and then away you go again.

Faro is a relaxed place to spend a few days before moving on to discover what the rest of the Algarve and Portugal has to offer.  With a motorhome rental or campervan hire things really couldn’t be a lot easier, there are good areas for parking and some great campsites so you don’t have to spend time commuting in and out. 

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