If you have arrived in the city with your family then the Zoomarine park is a place you must visit. Lined with beautiful palm trees and dotted with several small and big pools, this ocean-theme park is sure to dazzle you. The most enchanting attraction of the park has to be their dolphin show, where spectators cannot help falling in love with these magnificent dolphins and their intelligence. The Magic Book show by the sea lions is also worth your attention in addition to the dolphin emotions show and their pirates show is popular among children and adults alike. Zoomarine also has a vast aquarium on site where you can witness a plethora of aquatic animals; it's a fun way to stimulate your child's curiosity. The park also has several slides, swimming pools and other picnic areas where you can have fun with your family. Zoomarine has been quite active in conservation of marine life and those interested in knowing more about their initiatives are gladly entertained here.
Considered as a premier institution of the city, the Centro Ciencia Viva da Algarve is a modern science center situated in a quaint corner of Faro along Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel. From the time it has opened its doors, the organization has made an honest attempt at promoting science and technology and fostering scientific education amidst the local community. The center plays host to several permanent and temporary exhibitions, workshops amongst other activities. Besides this, the center also serves as an event space where birthday parties and other private functions take place. Check website for timings, prices and other information.
Praia de Sao Rafael is a magnificent beach situated in the town of Albufeira. The pride of Algarve, it is noted for its sweeping panoramic vistas of the North Atlantic Ocean - which is contoured gracefully by golden sands. It is located just a stone's throw away from the village of Sesmarias. The beach is flanked by ragged cliffs and rocky outcrops. It has been the recipient of the esteemed Blue Flag eco-label.
Taking its name from the surrounding red cliffs, the Falésia Beach is a seemingly endless stretch of sand that never fails to fascinate you. A popular swimming destination, this beach is frequented by tourists and locals alike, looking to beat the summer heat. If you're an adventure enthusiast, the gentle tides make it a great spot for water sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing and water skiing.
Bordered by cliffs and edged by rock formations, this pristine beach attracts a multitude of visitors owing to its sandy shores and relaxing atmosphere. Featuring picturesque environs and a promenade lined with restaurants and bars, Praia da Oura is an idyllic reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Praia da Coelha is a spectacular beach overlooking the azure waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, and is situated in the city of Albuferia. It is one of the principal beaches of Algarve, and is located just a stone's throw away from the idyllic hamlet of Sesmarias. The beach has a small cove, and small rocky outcrops can be seen scattered throughout the vast expanse of the beach.
Dr. Manuel de Gárfias had this house with Baroque influences built in the 18th Century. In the 19th Century, the manor was sold to Paulo Sárria. Today, the ground floor has undergone vast renovations to accommodate the shops and other commercial establishments that reside there.
Located within the premises of the Cineclube de Faro, the Biblioteca do Cineclube de Faro is a grandiose library that is frequented by film enthusiasts from every nook and corner of the country. The library houses a collection of nearly 1200 titles that includes books, DVDs, videos, archived documents and other reference materials that prove useful for those trying to make it big in the industry. The library's collection is a boon for those who love to watch and research upon old movies, rare videos as well as for those who want to explore the film tradition of the country.
The Banco de Portugal's architecture is magnificent and imposing. Located in front of the Faro marina, the building was built in 1926, on the site of a vegetable market. Architect Adães Bermudes designed the Neo-Manueline revivalist touches, and added some Islamic influences.
Faro's bandstand was built in 1894, from an initiative by the City Council. The council hired the Companhia Aliança do Porto to build a replication of the bandstands that already existed throughout the country. It was designed for bands and other musical concerts, in order to liven up Faro's population. Today, it is merely decorative.
Casa das Açafatas was built in the 18th Century, at the order of Grand Captain Baltazar Rodrigues Neto. Its Baroque architecture is symmetrically composed with a four-faced rooftop. On the outer facade, the family's coat-of-arms is prominently on display. Nowadays there are a number of shops located on the lower level.
Algarve honors de Deus, a great Portuguese poet and intellectual (1830- 1896), who made a significant contribution to the development of education in Portugal. The Escola Superior João de Deus is still is one of the best educators' training schools in Portugal. The monument was erected in 1930.