Free Things To Do In Faro

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 Attractions in Faro

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Faro Old Town

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;...

Petisco Food & Cultural Tour, in Faro

clock Duration: 5 hours
  • The original and # 1 local Food Tour operator is now on Viator!

    Prepare your palate and discover the tastiest Algarvian "tits" (tidbits) on this Food & Cultural Tour!

    Fish cakes, fried baby cuttlefish, and Algarve wines are just a few of the tastings the Petisco Food Tour offers you.

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Praia de Faro

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...

Parque da Mina Entrance Ticket

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  • Closed Environment

    Parque da Mina has a structure with controlled entrances and exits with private parking.

    Contact with nature

    You can contact with the Fauna and Flora of the Mina Park.

    Variety of Animals

    We have the main farm animals: pigs, goats, donkeys, ponies, chickens, geese ... so that you can meet more

Garden of Alameda Joao de Deus

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...

Park Entrance

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  • In Parque da Mina there is a fantastic adventure between culture and fun.

    Visit a 19th century manor house As well as some traditions of the Serra de Monchique, groceries, cobbler, carpentry, seamstress, arbutus distillery, agriculture, bread and honey making, ore extraction, charcoal making and farm animals, ancient means of transport , more

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...

Camera Obscura Admission Ticket

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  • Discover the city from its latest lookout point, which is not only unique in itself but also offers an extraordinary attraction: the Camera Obscura. Experience the principle law of optics, which created the basics of photography and was already used by Leonardo Da Vinci.

    We offer the access to a Camera Obscura and the possibility to have more

Muralhas de Faro

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...

Aromatic experience in the organic farm Dias de Aromas

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Location: Dias de Aromas Farm  - Sitio da Murta, Estoi, Faro 

    Morning: from 09:30am to 12:00pm 

    Afternnon: from 02:00pm till 06:00pm

    90 minutes of a guided tour through sustainable and organic farm, where you can feel more than 40 distinct species of aromas and taste various edible flowers, enjoy nature and more

Mercado Municipal de Faro

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...

Zoomarine Park Algarve Ticket

clock Duration: Flexible
  • Zoomarine is an amusement park near Albufeira that offers entertainment and education to people of all ages.
  • Visitors can get to various animal species, such as sea lions, exotic birds, and dolphins, up close.
  • Zoomarine also has dining and shopping facilities on site.
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Free Walking Tour

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;...

Full Day Wine Tour w / lunch

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  • The sprawling Douro valley is home to two wine estates.
  • There is large scale port wine production in the wine estates.
  • The Douro valley has an 18th century railway station famous for its marvelous Portuguese architecture.
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Museu Municipal de Faro

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...

Small-Group Adventure: Cycling in Ria Formosa Natural Park

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  • An 8 hour cycling trip to explore the outskirts of Tavira.
  • Explore the various castles and forts along the fishing villages by cycling.
  • Visit the magnificent castle in Castro Marim.
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Rua Dr. Francisco Gomes

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...

Lagos, Sagres & Cape St.Vincent Half-Day Bus Tour

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  • A chance to discover the beauty of Lagos and Sagres to help you rejuvenate.
  • An opportunity to get indulged in the mesmerising picturesque views of the Sagres from the Cape.
  • Visit the Cape St.Vincent which is the southwestern end point of Europe in this tour of 3 hours.
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Igreja Da Ordem Terceira De Sao Francisco

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...

Ria Formosa Natural Park Two Islands Boat Trip in Faro

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A half-day catamaran boat trip to 2 islands within Ria Formosa Natural Park.
  • See Deserta Island and Farol Island.
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park is a lagoon system with barrier islands named 1 of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.
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