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Faro, Algarve-Portugal
Arco da Vila in Faro, one of the doors to the interior of the old town

Faro is the capital of the Algarve since 1956. The old name of the city was Ossonoba, baptized by the Romans. Faro is part of Portugal since 1249, when the city and the entire region of the Algarve was conquered from the Moors by King Afonso III.

DOM afonso III
D. AFONSO III, conqueror of the city from the Moors in 1249

Faro is a city of Roman origin 8TH century before Christ. The city was conquered by d. Afonso III in the year 1249, and was named "Santa Maria de Faaron", which led to the current name, FARO

View of Faro Centre. Garden Manuel Bivar, port of Faro and Ria Formosa

Faro is a city with a city center dominated by General administrative services, schools, universities, hospital district, street of shops and bars and entertainment zone. The seaside town is divided of Ria Formosa by a railway line, and a port and an airport. The city grows into the interior, to the outskirts of the village of Estoi, and Sierra, in the village of Santa Bárbara de Nexe. The areas outside the city are known as the ancient vegetable gardens, where still cultivate land extensive orange groves, and horticultas products to serve the consumption of large hypermarkets. Faro beach is at a distance of 9 km, situated on a peninsula known as the island of Faro. Access to the peninsula is done by a bridge with road and pedestrian traffic or the beach in continuation of the beach of Quinta do Lago and Quarteira.

Cathedral of Faro
Tourists enjoying the panoramic view of the city from the top of the Cathedral of Faro

Inside the old town of Faro, a mandatory visit is the Cathedral of Faro. From the top of the Cathedral we can see fantastic panoramic views over the city.

episcopal Palace of Faro
View of buildings reclaimed from the old town. Facade of the episcopal Palace of Faro
D. Francisco Gomes de Avelar
D. Francisco Gomes de Avelar was responsible for redesigning the city of Faro in the early 19TH century

At Largo da Sé found a statue of Bishop d. Francisco Gomes de Avelar. He founded the Seminary of Faro. He founded the Museum Infante d. Henrique and built various monuments in Faro. The Bishop built artistic schools for the inhabitants of the Algarve to learn a trade and could sustain their families. Built roads and bridges, and taught farming processes. D. Francisco Gomes de Avelar was an intellectual man dedicated to transmit teachings of morality and education to the people.

Arches of the old town of Faro
Arches of the old town of Faro. Here we can enter the city and walk through the old town. There are several restaurants and service areas
faro restaurants
Restaurants inside the walls of the old town of Faro
RIA Formosa surrounding the international airport of Faro
At approach to Faro International Airport, on the Ria Formosa

Faro is the transport hub to get to Algarve. Faro International Airport is the second busiest airport in Portugal. Has air link in approximately 3 hours with the main European cities. The International Airport of Faro is located in front of the city, surrounded by the Ria Formosa. the access to the airport is made by the parish of Montenegro, at a distance of six kilometers from the city.

The Centre of Faro is distanced from:

  • Faro International Airport-6.5 km
  • Faro Beach-9 km
  • Portimao, Portugal-60 km
  • Porto, Portugal-556 km
  • Lisbon, Portugal-277 km
  • Huelva, Spain-112 km
  • Seville, Spain-201 km
Walls of Faro
Aerial view of the walls of Faro.
evening at the dock of Faro
In Faro the Marina is only for small boats.
Doca de Faro
View of the Portuguese pavement on the street of shops
View of the traditional Portuguese pavement in the shopping street. An important point in the trade of the region Faro

The Faro shopping street was for many years the main point of trade and services of the Algarve region. Here are located the most important shops and is where the people of Faro walk, do buy, and chat with friends in the terraces and interiors of the traditional cafes. With the recent growth of tourism, many buildings are being recovered by the owners and give rise to new nice shops

Santo Antonio street
Santo António Street, the main shopping street in Faro. A place of walk and passage for locals

Outside the city of Faro in Faro

The city of Faro from faro island
typical docking of boats on the island of Faro. In the background we can see the airport and Faro

Faro island has two rows of houses. One of the rows of houses is facing the Ria Formosa. Another row is facing the sea. In the Middle a tarmac road. There are restaurants, bars and a club náutico. The terraces facing the Ria Formosa are a typical stopover for lovers of nautica. It is common to see fishermen and the shellfish gatherers working in Ria Formosa.

Estoi, Faro's surroundings

Estoi Palace
Palace of Estoi has been classified in 1977 as Property of public interest

With 3500 inhabitant, the village of Estoi is a agricultural district of Faro. Nowadays it is well known due to the Palace of Estoi restored and adapted to function as pousada de charme. The Rococo style Palace. Between the various elements, the Palace is decorated with blue and white tiles, has a copy of the three Graces, Canova, has a large Pavilion with stained glass Windows, decorated with nymphs and tiled niches.

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