Faro Faro, Eastern Algarve, Portugal

Much more than just a gateway to the Eastern Algarve...

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Faro is more than just an airport and gateway to the Algarve. The walled town is still intact and features architectural styles from many centuries. Inside the walls, you will find the Cathedral, an impressive square, the archeological museum, an art gallery, an antiques shop, cafés and restaurants, and several families of nesting storks. Outside the walled town are the pleasant open spaces of the park and marina, often enlivened by free entertainment on summer evenings. The old town has many charming buildings and is home to a cobbled pedestrian shopping area complete with terrace cafés and restaurants.  Faro has a brand new and excellent municipal market where all manner of fresh produce can be bought in abundance. And if its retail therepy you need, Faro boasts a big new shopping complex complete with multiscreen cinema (mostly English Language films) just outside the city centre. And for the culture vultures, there are two theatres, both with good mixed programmes of plays, music and dance. Look out also for spectaculars hosted in the impressive new 'Stadium Algarve' on the outskirts of the city. Or if you just want to head for the beach, ferries from outside the walled town take you across the lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park to the Blue Flag beaches of Farol, Isla Desserta and Isla de Faro.

History

The settlement of Faro pre-dates Roman times, when it was known by the name of Ossónoba. It fell in to the hands of the Moors in 713 AD, and remained so for over 500 years. It returned to Portuguese dominion in 1249, Liberated by King D. Afonso III. It received its charter as a city in 1540 and became capital of the Algarve in 1834.



Facilities
Facility Comment
tourist office YES - in walled town, though not great
train station YES - connection to Lisbon
bus station YES - connection to airport and rest of Portugal
ferry service YES - to Ihla de Faro and Ilha Desserta
internet cafe YES - several
foreign language newspapers YES
post office YES - by cathedral
cash machine (ATM) YES - lots
supermarket YES - Jumbo, Pingo Doce (x2), Modelo
food market YES - big, new, squeeky clean
Facility Comment
cinema YES - multiscreen in Faro Shopping
theatre YES - 1 new, 1 old, both good
health centre YES
hospital YES - big, serves Eastern Algarve
chemist / pharmacy YES - lots
museum YES - archeological in walled town
art gallery YES - several in walled town
marina YES
castle YES - walled city
shopping mall YES - Forum Algarve



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