Algarve, Portugal

Faro – Waterfront and ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Wikimedia Commons: Andrevruas

Faro is the capital of the Algarve region, known for its cobbled old town and remnants of a moorish wall. This 8 km out and back route skirts the historic section, and includes some nice promenades along the waterfront, around the marina, and out to the Parque Ribeirinho de Faro, which has some paths around an estuary.

For a grand start, we begin at the neoclassical Arco da Vila, near the Palace. Run south toward the water on the gravel paths through a garden, ancient wall on your left. Then, RIGHT on the waterfront path for 0.5 km, reaching the Marina. Enjoy the paths around the marina (option: some plazas and gardens just east), and then along the water continuing west on the Estr. do Passeio Ribeirinho for 1 km. It’s a nice waterfront path, then a bit industrial, then nicer again when you reach the Parque Ribeirinho. Here, there are good paths around the estuary-like terrain for and then west to the equestrian facility (1.5 km). Retrace your steps back.

Add-On: You can enjoy a run around the narrow, maze-like streets of Old Town, inside the old city wall. It’s impossible to map. Best to go early and create your own route.


  • 7.6 km (4.75 miles) out and back
  • Flat
  • Arco de Vila
  • Parking lot near marina waterfront path; Train station and ferry terminal in Faro