A few days in Faro: Old town

For my birthday in September Mathieu & I jetted off to the small town of Faro, Portugal for a week. This was our second "beachy" holiday together & I couldn't have asked for a better birthday. Last year we spent the week in Athens, Greece & claimed that as our first ever sunny holiday. 

Mathieu & I usually just stick to city breaks, we love a good roam around European cities, but last year we ventured out to sunshine & suncream which I haven't done since I was about fifteen oops. I loved Athens but we were rushed off our feet! When we got back I felt as though I needed another holiday just to recover from the one I just had which is not cool. 

In Greece we crammed as much in as we could in the nine days that we stayed & we were exhausted, happy, but exhausted. So this year we wanted a place where we could just chill out on the beach, eat, read, & bask in the sun like lizards all day with out worrying about trains back to the centre or the times of the museums we wanted to see before they closed. 

And Faro hit the nail on the head. We are not a fan of All inclusive holidays, I personally have never experienced one, I prefer to live like a local haha. We rented a one bedroom apartment for 18 euro a night with my best friend Air BnB which was right in the centre/harbour. When we booked the flights we had no idea what was in Faro so it was nice to just take it all in as we wandered around. There was no landmark we had to see, or specific thing we had to visit which was such a nice change to see the place first without having someone else tell you you have to try something (i.e Paris & Laduree).

We arrived the middle of a heatwave & I was already burning by the time I had walked out of the airport! We caught a bus to the centre which took ten minutes & met our lovely host straight away.

It turned out that Faro is a small medieval town situated on the banks of a nature reserve/lagoon called The Ria Formosa, we toured the reserve & will do a post on it soon. The small town is doable in about two days. There is a main strip full of the usual cafes, souvenir shops, & pharmacies, & a speed boat filled marina that dominates the sea line. My favourite part at night was walking down the winding cobbled streets peering into terraces to see what restaurant took our fancy for the night.

{ The Medieval cathedral}

As usual this post is very photo heavy so I have split this post into two & have done separate posts on  our antics!

Have you ever visited Faro? Or Portugal?