Faro Snapshots

On our last day in the Algarve, we couldn’t leave without visiting the capital of the region, Faro. While the city has some charming sights, I remember the visit to be underwhelming. I’m not sure what bothered me the most though, that I wasn’t feeling well the entire day or that I’ve seen a lot of shabby old buildings.

Still, I don’t regret visiting Faro and I want to show you why.

The morning found me with horrible stomach pains and like any intelligent person would do, I forgot the medicine back at the hotel. So the first thing I did when I got out of the car was to look for a pharmacy. I didn’t have to look for too long and thankfully the pharmacist spoke English and understood what I wanted. After that, I was able to fully enjoy the beautiful old town and notice how elaborate the streets were, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like its pavements.

Faro Portugal Algarve

I hadn’t researched too much the smaller cities we would visit, because I knew I would find a lot of interesting things that we didn’t have time for. So all I knew was that I wanted to see the famous Bone Chapel, at the Carmo Church. While it wasn’t nearly as creepy as the Catacombs in Paris, it was still rather disturbing to see all those bones aligned so neatly.

Faro Portugal Algarve

Faro Portugal Algarve

Faro Portugal Algarve

Faro Portugal Algarve

Wandering on the narrow streets we have decided to visit the Cathedral as well and I was glad we chose this because: a. it was quite lovely and b. it offered a view of Ria Formosa, the lagoon where you can see over 30,000 species of birds.

Faro Portugal Algarve

Faro Portugal Algarve

Going back to the car, we passed by some charming little streets where, sadly, the aforementioned buildings were still present.

Faro Portugal Algarve

Faro Portugal Algarve

The question is: would I return to Faro? Since I’m yet to visit a city that would make me not want to come back, the answer is a definite yes. I would have been sad if I had missed it, but I wouldn’t choose a longer stay, should I return.

Faro Portugal Algarve

Have you enjoyed a city, despite feeling sick throughout the entire visit?

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  • I’m glad to see someone visiting the same place where is expected not to have so many eyes on. Happy to hear you had a good trip and I would want to come back as well. I stayed there for one week and wished to stay there longer. Good food, good weather…
    You have some good shots there ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers,

    Angela

    • Thank you! I bet everyone is leaving the Algarve wanting to come back, it’s a gorgeous place ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beauuuuutiful.
    I cant remember getting really sick ON a trip. Well, once in Prague I was really hungover after a night at the club, and my bf and I spent the day in bed instead of sightseeing (and not in a fun way; the highlight was when he stepped out to get us some McDonalds – it was HEAVEN!). If I feel myself catching a cold, I usually go for a cocktail of vodka, lemon juice and honey, and lots of hot tea – and plow on through!

    • Well I wasn’t THAT sick, but stomach pains are the ones that I can’t endure at all. I’ll have to remember that cocktail, it sounds great! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Wow, a Chapel with bones? Oh my that looks creepy, but I would love to see it closer ๐Ÿ˜€
    Ohh Im sorry you felt sick… I know the feeling, it happened to me before in one of my favorite cities: Madrid… and also recently when I was Egypt, exactly on a very beautiful dive site that I wanted to go so badly… well, I dived anyways, but I felt sick the entire day ๐Ÿ™ I wish I had enjoyed more!

    • There are a lot more in Portugal (like the one in Evora that I have missed ๐Ÿ™ ), they’re all creepy but oddly interesting. Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well ๐Ÿ™

      • Its pretty cool! Do you know why they used to do that?

        Ohh no problem… I got better after 2 days ๐Ÿ™ but I refused to stay in bed hahaha

        • Ooops, haven’t seen your question before. I’m not entirely sure, I’ve heard different explanations for this. Apparently it was a common practice in the Catholic world to move the bones from the ground into ossuaries after a period of time (so the cemeteries won’t get too crowded, I assume, like it happened in Paris, leading them to create the Catacombs). But I’ve also heard about building them to send a message such as “life is transitory”, at the one in Evora there is a message Nรณs ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos (โ€œWe bones that here are, for yours await”, for those of us who don’t speak Portuguese) ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Thats pretty interesting, I also think your explanation makes total sense!!

            hahaha very nice Portuguese, cool that you memorized it ๐Ÿ˜€

        • I haven’t memorized it, I never remember these things. I wiki’d it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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