Faro is well known in Europe. Each year millions
of Europeans travel to this beautiful town/region of Portugal for
rest and relaxation. Faro is the capital of the province of Algarve,
and is located in an area dedicated to the growing of olives, oranges,
fruit tees, figs, and almonds. Historically the town was the last
foothold of the Moors in Portugal. The town was retaken from the
Moors in 1249.
The most beautiful and popular area of Faro is
the Largo da Sé. This is a pleasant tree line square, with
the Bishops' palace off to one side. The square is popular with
locals and tourists alike. Around the area are nice shops and restaurants.
In certain parts of the city, the old fortifications still stand.
Heading out of the Moorish Archway rises the impressive São
Francisco Church. The decorations of the church are particularly
interesting. Another site of interest is the Pé da Cruz.
This is a 17th century chapel which is famous for its religious
paintings. In the past Faro was an important trade center. As such
take time to stop by the Maritime Museum. The museum has a nice
collection that gives one an idea the extent of the maritime tradition
Moving outside of Faro, there are some interesting
things to do. First and foremost are the beach areas. This area
of Portugal is famous for a mild climate and miles of great beaches.
Relax on the beach or get out on the water, there are an abundance
of activities available: surfing, sailing, wind surfing, diving
Today Faro and the surrounding area has become
one of the prime destination in Portugal. Travelers will enjoy great
weather, nice beaches, quaint towns, outdoor activities plus much
Visit Faro, you will find it to be a great place