A few days into our time in Portugal, the weather was chilly and showers were dotting the forecast. We decided that another beach day wasn't in the cards, so we hopped in the car and took an impromptu trip east to the old town of Faro. I had researched the town a bit while planning, but put it on the "if we have time" list. With no expectations going in, we had the best time exploring this charming city.
Our first stop was a quick walk around Pousada Palacio de Estoi, an 18th century palace turned boutique hotel. The palace and grounds were immaculately kept and restored, with pink exterior walls, an array of hand-painted cement tiles, and interiors fit for a princess.
We left the palace and headed into the center of town, which was one of the cutest old European towns I've ever seen. The sun came out in time for lunch, so we stopped at a quiet outdoor cafe for rosé and cheese (a perfect lunch). The whole day turned out to be a huge success, and we were both so happy we made the trip.