Faro is the Algarve’s administrative capital and is located in the south of Portugal. The municipality has around 65.000 inhabitants distributed by 210 km2 and being around 30% of that area part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve.
Faro is a millenary city to be (re)discovered. The pre-roman town called Ossónoba was one of the most important urban centres in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Nowadays, due to its location, as well as for
being a capital city, Faro has the most important infrastructures and public services existent in the Algarve region.
Faro airport receives more than 5.000.000 tourists per year.
From Faro, you may visit many islands by boat, however one of them – Faro Island – is also accessible by car. The islands are places of excellence where you can take a pleasant walk in the natural surroundings of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. You may also enjoy boat trips, bicycle rides, trail walks and bird watching along the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
The local gastronomy, based in the Ria Formosa’s shellfish, the white sand and warm water beaches that in some locations is only inhabited by migratory birds, are amongst the natural features to be discovered.
Faro is also very rich in natural and cultural heritage and invites you to discover it. The neoclassical Arco da Vila is in an ex-libris of the city and is in the place of a door that was part of the original Moorish walls.
This monumental arch leads to the old town with its cobbled streets. Nearby is the Faro Cathedral, built in the 13th century. You can also visit The Municipal Museum, in a 16th-century convent, that displays prehistoric, roman and medieval artifacts as well as sacred art.