Faro is the capital of the Algarve region, in the south of Portugal and where the main airport of the region is located. It is of pre-Roman origin, known by Ossónoba, that was one of the most important urban centres of the south peninsula.
This territory is delimited by a cord of dunes 19 km long, which is interrupted by connections between the sea and the Ria Formosa, forming 3 islands. The islands are visitable by boat, although one is accessible by road, they are places of excellence to enjoy very pleasant days in contact with nature and the Ria Formosa and the enjoyment of boating, cycling or walking for bird watching in the Ria .
The local gastronomy is dependant on the food collected in Ria Formosa and has white sandy beaches and warm waters, awarded with the blue flag, and in some places inhabited only by migratory birds waiting to be discovered on the islands of Ria Formosa. They potentiate the opportunity for those who want to be in contact with nature.
The monumental Arco da Vila leads to the old town with its cobbled streets. Nearby is the Cathedral of Faro, built in the 12th century and the Municipal Museum, which was a 16th-century convent, and exhibits prehistoric and medieval artifacts as well as sacred art.
Faro has retained its peaceful atmosphere and traditional charm, which lies within the walls of the Old City and in the area surrounding the Marina, making it scenic, with more monuments and historical buildings than many other cities in the Algarve, whilst the charming shopping area is filled with cafes and outdoor restaurants.
Faro is an ancient city to discover.