Top Attractions In Faro For Free

Faro is one of Portugal's most beautiful cities. Located in the southern region of the country, Faro is know for its laid back vibe, a perfect place to relax away from the hustle bustle of the city life. If you're on a budget and want to have a great time in the city, you should check out the cheap things to do in Faro. In fact, by simply exploring the Old Town, you'll already be rewarded by lots of beautiful sceneries and interesting sites.

There are plenty of free things to do in Faro so even if you go there with a limited budget, you are guaranteed to have a great time. There are also some free museums in Faro that you may want to check out, such as the Museu Arqueologico. For free attractions in Faro, head to the Old Town where you'll come across beautiful churches and cathedrals as you walk along the city's cobblestone streets. Other free attractions to check out are the Praia de Faro, Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and the beautiful street of Rua Dr. Francisco Gomes.

Some of the free things to do in Faro this summer explore the nearby Culatra Island and check out the stunning beaches and lagoon. If you are taking your kids on your trip to Faro, one of the free things to do in Faro with kids is to go hiking or horse riding at the countryside.

So if you're wondering what to do in Faro for budget travellers like you, check out this list of free things to do in Faro.

Free Things To Do in Faro

1. Faro Old Town (Free)

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Faro’s beautiful Old Town is well worth a look, with its attractive old churches including a magnificent cathedral, and interesting little squares and streets with an impressive range of restaurants and cafes. You can dine al fresco, take in the colourful street life and see the pretty orange trees lining the streets.

Many people do not venture into Faro’s Old Town, so it is fairly unspoilt by tourism. The cathedral is a must see; you can ascend to the bell tower and take in spectacular views. Opposite the cathedral is the Bishops’ Palace with its expansive library.

Access to the Old Town is through a magnificent Moorish gateway dating from the 9th century. The entire citadel is surrounded by walls dating from the same period, making the area a time capsule of history.

2. Praia de Faro (Free)

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This is Faro’s main beach, a popular and idyllic stretch of golden sand and crystal clear water just five minutes’ drive from the airport. So you could go there to unwind before you even get to the hotel. The water is warm and temperate even at off-peak times of the year, but be aware that there is a rip tide further out, so stay close to the beach if you do take a dip.

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you could grab some shade and enjoy ice cold drinks and local seafood. The beach is equipped with toilets and showers too. You could even avail yourself of a surfing or kayaking lesson if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, if not then just lie back, feel your toes in the sand and catch some rays.

3. Garden of Alameda Joao de Deus (Free)

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Explore this beautiful park which has so much to offer. As well as the obligatory people watching, snoozing in the shade, and picnic feasts you can watch the peacocks that roam freely here, play a free game of mini golf in the morning, or make use of the free workout equipment whilst the kids get busy making new friends in the playground.

Walk around the paths crossing the bridges over the stream, pausing to admire the ornamental waterfalls and fountains and you'll come across fish tanks which have information (in Portuguese and English) about the types of fish inside – good education for the kids as well as the adults! There really is so much to discover at this tranquil green oasis, it's a hidden gem that just keeps on giving to the whole family.

Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am-8.30pm

Address: Rua da Policia da Seguranca Publica 1, 8000-151 Faro, Portugal

4. Trem Municipal Gallery of Art (Free)

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The Municipal Gallery of Art brings a new lease of life to the city's historical military buildings that have been renovated to give them an airy feel, just perfect for whiling away an hour or so admiring art and photography.

There's an ever-changing display of temporary exhibitions displaying the works of local Faro artists and other Portuguese artists as well as international artists. The gallery also hosts other cultural events so there's always something new to see.

Opening HoursDaily 7.30am-8.30pm
Tuesday-Saturday 12.30pm-7pm June-September
Tuesday-Saturday 11.30am-6pm October-May

Address: R. do Trem n.º 5, 8000, 8000-138 Faro, Portugal

5. Muralhas de Faro (Free)

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Walk around the historic city walls that encircle the old town of Faro and admire the arches, the gateways into the city. The walls date back to pre-Roman times with reinforcements and restorations taking place in the 9th and 12th centuries when the Moors were in Faro.

The Arco do Repouso (the Arch of Rest), the Arco de Porta Nova, and the Arco da Vila date back to Medieval times. When standing beside Arco da Vila be sure to look up as storks nest atop and you may be able to see them. Tile panels are located in front of portions of the wall which give more detail on the history of Faro such as the liberation in 1249 by Afonso III.

Address: Largo de São Francisco, Faro, Portugal

6. Mercado Municipal de Faro (Free)

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Visit the bright and modern indoor municipal farmer's market to see where the locals shop in the heart of the city centre. It's a great place to people watch whilst also seeing, and smelling the fresh regional produce that's available which includes fish and seafood, meat, vegetables, honey, herbs, even flowers and plants – Stall holders might offer you some cheese, olives, and other items to taste too.

The building contains the citizens advice bureau too so you're sure to see local life happening all around you – sit on the benches in the square outside or on the benches inside and watch authentic Portuguese life happening all around you.

Opening Hours: Daily 7am-12 noon

Address: Argo Dr. Francisco Sa Carneiro 52, 8000-233 Faro, Portugal

7. Free Walking Tour (Free)

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See the city of Faro through the eyes of a local as you embark on a 2 hour walking tour discovering both the touristic highlights such as the cathedral along with the hidden corners and historical information that you simply wouldn't find, notice, or know about on your own.

Learn how the Ria Formosa lagoon and the barrier islands have shaped the city, see the city's Roman and Arabic heritage, and get tips on the best places to eat; your guide is a wealth of insider info to help make your stay spectacular! Note - Although it's described as a free walking tour, most guides expect a voluntary contribution to cover their time but how much you donate is entirely up to you.

Opening Hours
11am and 3pm October-May
10am and 4pm June-September


Address: R. da Misericórdia 8, 8000-269 Faro, Portugal

8. Museu Municipal de Faro (Free)

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Visit on a Sunday and you can see the archaeological artefacts at the Municipal Museum of Faro (officially known as the Archaeological and Lapidary Museum Prince Henry the Navigator) free of charge. Housed in a former convent that was built in the 1800's in the renaissance style, this is the Algarve's second oldest museum and was named one of the best in all of Portugal.

Step inside to see finds that date back to pre-historic times right through to the 20th century including paintings, pottery, mosaics, busts, religious icons and more. One gallery of the museum is dedicated to the artwork of Carlos Filipe Porfirio, a local painter who died in 1970 but perhaps the highlight of the museum is the Mosaic of the Ocean which dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century and was only discovered in 1976 on a work site by the train station.

Opening Hours
Sunday 10am-5pm October-May
Sunday 11.30am-6pm June-September


Address: Praça Dom Afonso III 14, 8000-149 Faro, Portugal

9. Rua Dr. Francisco Gomes (Free)

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Faro’s main shopping street, this is a great place to stroll along the pleasant pedestrianised cobbles and perhaps pick up a few bargains. There is an olde-worlde feel to the place, due to the quirky historical buildings and the lack of cars. The orange trees lining the street add a colourful touch.

It’s particularly nice to wander along here in the evening; many of the shops are open late and there are plenty of bars and restaurants. On a balmy night, you can dine al fresco and watch the passing scene by candlelight over a delicious meal and bottle of wine.

Another highlight is the traditional bakery, where you can try out the excellent marzipan desserts, baked on the premises.

10. Igreja Da Ordem Terceira De Sao Francisco (Free)

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A less well known church in Faro, this is well worth a look, perhaps if seeking to escape the busy crowds. Translated as the Tertiary Order of St Francis, the initial church was built in the late 17th century and was later substantially enlarged to accommodate the ever growing congregation. This process happened from the mid-18th to early 19th centuries, at which time the facade was completed.

The interior is very pleasant, with some lovely blue and white tiling, notably the 18th century panels on the walls of the main chapel and vaults, with the Heart of the Virgin at the centre.

A very interesting feature is the collection of sculptures of St Francis and the roc, dating from the same period. Only the arms and head are carved, the rest being a skeletal wooden structure. These have been used in religious processions.

The church also has its own choir, which is a real treat to hear if you’re lucky enough to catch them.

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