Street Art in Portugal

There’s a story to be told on every street corner in Portugal, with the street art giving the likes of Berlin a run for its money. These public masterpieces are as impressive as they are thought-provoking, making some of the uglier structures more beautiful and some traditional areas more contemporary. These were just a few of my favourite/ most memorable…

 

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Faro, Portugal

Many tour books, blogs and forums will advise that upon arrival into Faro airport you should hop into your transfer and disperse along the Algarve coastline. If this is your plan, I urge you not to.

Whilst petit and only really worth setting one day aside for, Faro is a white-washed warren of traditional buildings and coastal views.

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Once you’ve landed into the currently-expanding international airport you can opt to take a taxi or a bus into the town centre. A taxi will cost around 10-15 euros (depending on party size/time) whereas the bus is merely 2.20 euros. Take bus number 14 or 16 to the bus terminal, approximately 10 minutes drive away from the airport – the bus terminal is situated next door to Faro train station if you’re looking to make a connection by public transport.

We spent our one night in Faro at the Algarve Hostel  (click here for the link to the Air BnB) which was perfectly comfortable and reasonably good value. Positioned next to the bus/train station and a five minute walk to the old town, the rustic hostel was a warm welcome after a late arrival into Portugal.

Make sure you allow a couple of hours to stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town, soaking up the traditional architecture, enjoying a coffee and a Patsel de Nata (Portuguese custard tart) alfresco style, of course. In the evening the snoozy town comes to life with bars and restaurants entertaining guests looking for a casual beer or a big night out.

I wouldn’t spend more than one or two days in Faro, but it’s certainly an underrated stopover.  We were pleasantly surprised by it’s charm and allure, not to mention it’s convenient (and affordable!) public transport links to the rest of the Algarve coast.

 

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Strolling through the Old Town

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Faro Old Town

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I’m in love with the tiles in Portugal!

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Faro Old Town

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Faro Old Town

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Faro Old Town

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Even the fire stations are pretty!

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Coastal blues

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Keavy being awesome and candid

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Faro Old Town

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Bunches of bougainvillea flowers

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An adorable scene of Punch and Judy for the children

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One quick coffee to fuel a day of travelling