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Faro
Faro - View of old square from cathedral

View of the old square and Faro from the cathedral


Faro (pronounced 'faɾu' ) is the largest city in the region of the Algarve in southern Portugal and has a number of historic towns situated on its coastline, including Albufeira, Vilamoura, Portimão, Lagos, Armação de Pêra, Quarteira, Monte Gordo and Tavira. The city and it's surrounding areas are a popular tourist destination for Portugese and many european visitors, especially during the summer months, almost doubling the areas population.

History


Roman influence can be seen all around the old part of the city, with the city walls and cobbled streets dating back to the 9th century. Historic buildings inside include the 13th century cathedral, the old square and the former 16th Century Convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, now the city’s archaeological museum.


Faro cathedral and coastline

Faro cathedral and coastline


Climate and Tourism


Faro airport is located 7km from the city centre. In recent years the numbers of visitors travelling through the airport has increased as more and more low-cost airlines compete to offer cheap flights to the Algarve. The transport facilities to and from Faro airport with the centre of Faro include taxicabs and a bus line.

The regions climate is perfect for tourism and attracts people from all over the world. Summer temperatures range from 15 - 31c and rarely drop below zero during the winter months.

Nature


Faro is located next to the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres and a stopping place for hundreds of different species of birds during the spring and autumn migratory periods. Remote beaches are roughly seven kilometres from the city, easily reached via regular ferries from Faro's ferry pier.


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