To the east of Faro, all the region's treasures

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To the east of Faro, all the region's treasures

Spend a day discovering the history of the Algarve by taking the railway line linking Lagos and Vila Real de Santo António.

Departing from Faro, the journey lasts an hour and fifteen minutes and trains are frequent (around ten a day, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), enabling you to plan for several stops. If you are a cycling enthusiast, bear in mind that you can charge your bike for free in the rear carriage of the train.

After Olhão and Fuzeta stations, the first stage of your journey takes you to Tavira. This town, occupied for a time by the Romans, has become one of the largest to have retained traces of its Moorish heritage. The latter is still visible today, whether in the form of its “Roman bridge” (actually of Moorish origin according to a recent archaeological study) which stands astride the river Gilão, its former mosque (today replaced by the Church Santa Maria do Castelo) and its castle, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the town.

Take one of the next trains and get off at Cacela Velha station. As soon as you arrive, you are captivated by the medieval appearance and the authenticity of this charming little village. From the historic centre, the view of the Ria Formosa Natural Park is quite simply magnificent. Take the occasion to relax on one of the long beaches that run alongside the area.

Finally, to round off your short tour, go to Vila Real de Santo António. Far more recent than the two previous places, this was founded in 1774 and built on a geometric plan. Gaze upwards to discover its architecture as you follow the path to the emblematic lighthouse, built in 1923 on the right bank of the river Guadiana. As the sun sets, you face a dilemma: return to Faro right now, or wait for the last train?