Traffic and Driving Information in Faro
Traffic: Navigating most of Faro and the Algarve is straightforward, although some cobbled streets and narrow roads of Old Town can become quite congested at times. It takes just a few minutes to join the two main roads that run parallel to the coast. An electronic system operates on the A22 motorway and if you wish to use this you'll need to buy a toll pass, which our office will be happy to advise about. Alternatively, take life at a more relaxed pace on the toll-free N125.
Parking: It's easy to find street parking in metered zones around the town. If these are full or you want to leave your vehicle for longer periods there is a large parking area between the station and tour boat docks.
A Perfect Drive: A short cruise around Faro in your rental car takes you past imposing walls and fortresses, through cobbled streets full of shops and restaurants and on to the newer marina. Here you can admire the luxury yachts of the rich and famous or catch a boat trip through the Rio Formosa nature reserve. Enjoy some lunch overlooking the marina before strolling through the arches that guard the entrance to the Cidade Velha or Old City. You immediately step back in time to shaded streets lined with a pleasing blend of 18th century Portuguese and Moorish influenced buildings. These streets spread out from the Faro Cathedral in the centre of the Old City. Climb to the top of the cathedral tower for a wonderful view of the bay, town and countryside before visiting the macabre Capela dos Ossos. This Chapel of Bones is decorated with the skeletons of former monks. If the sun is shining, which it usually does in the Algarve, you must spend some time on Faro's beaches.