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Cafe on Marina in Faro #watercolor


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

After a walk through the streets of Faro, there's nothing better than a drink at the glass fronted cafe on the marina.  Here you see all the activity of the coming and going of the boats, and if you look up, you'll be lucky to see the local storks traveling back and forth from their tower top nests to the feeding grounds of the wetlands beyond the town.


Fim Do Mundo Restaurant Faro


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

If you wander round the narrow streets in central Faro long enough you will eventually find a menu to your liking and such was my experience up the Rua Vasco da Gama and came across Fim Do Mundo restaurant.  It it wasn't for the couple of outside tables, you'd miss it.  But inside it's a rather rustic traditional restaurant serving the local fare and very reasonably priced also with a very acceptable bottle of house wine.


Rua do Alberge Faro


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

The old town in Faro or Cidade Velha, can best be appreciated with a leisurely walk through it, and around it's walled perimeter.  Parts of the wall go back to Roman times, but mostly from around the 16th century - the golden age of Faro.  Rua do Alberge, runs along the north and west perimeter of the old town, and a very quiet part of town it is.


Railway Station Cafe Faro


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Right opposite the railway station and last watering hole before catching your train, the local cafe is a mecca for backpackers.  Well there's a few locals there watching some portuguese football team on the local TV station, but with beer at 1 Euro a bottle it attracts a lot of other people as well. A great place to sit and watch the world go by on the bright yellow chairs.


Old Town Streets Faro


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Walking up from the railway station in central Faro early evening, you wander through many narrow streets, most one way they're so narrow, and now and again punctuated by noisy squares with it's token bar/restaurant.  Just north of the railway station is also where the better restaurants are, away from the slightly more touristy area around the marina.


Hotel Eva Faro


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Hotel Eva sits in a commanding position at one end of the marina in Faro.  Only a short distance from the airport, it's a great location to explore central Faro.  If you stay at Hotel Eva, be sure to book the rooms overlooking the Marina, and the wetlands beyond.


Faro Marina


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Eager boat trip sale people, sheltering in their tents from the sun, line one side of the pretty palm lined marina in Faro.  Just beyond the marina is an important wetland marine conservation area, where most of the trips go to, or one of the few little islands further out to sea.