Located on the southern coast of Portugal, Faro has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with various nationalities calling it home due to the great weather and stunning coastline. These same factors attract visitors today, with tourists coming from across the world to soak up the sunshine on the beaches, and experience a little of the local culture for themselves.
With a car hire your options for day trips will be virtually endless, and regardless of what time of year you visit, you will be able to find yourself the perfect beach for a day of relaxing by the sea. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Faro is both easy and economical.
The heart of Faro is without a doubt Cidade Velha, the historic city centre. Still surrounded by the town walls built by the Romans many centuries ago, this part of Faro is made up of winding cobblestone streets and historical buildings from medieval times, as well as various Roman ruins. Park your rental car near the centre, and set off on foot to explore this charming area, a great way to see where the city started.
Strong religious beliefs have long been a part of the way of life here, and there are plenty of great buildings built as places of worship which you can visit. Notable ones include Faro Cathedral, the Carmo Church, and Church of Sao Pedro. For a truly unique sight, drive your hire car north of Faro and visit Capela dos Osso, also known as the Chapel of Bones. Decorated with the skeletons of thousands of monks which have been cemented into the walls, the chapel is an interesting site indeed and definitely a unique experience.
With the stunning Portuguese coastline ready to be explored, you will be able to visit a number of picture-perfect places conveniently close enough for day trips. Jump in your rental car and cruise along the shoreline, while stopping off at local towns and villages along the way. Recommended places to visit include the modern resort city of Vilamoura, the famous wine producing region of Lagoa, and Lagos, a small town filled with buildings and churches from the renaissance period, just some of the many great places to stop by in the area.
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