Faro – Algarve Capital
Faro – Algarve’s Capital
First known as Ossonoba, Faro had its first settlements dated from the fourth century BC, during the period of Phoenician colonization of the western Mediterranean. At the time, it was the most important urban center of southern Portugal and commercial port for agricultural products, fish, and minerals.
Ria Formosa and Faro
Since the beginning of the formation of Faro that the Ria Formosa played a big part on the growth of the city and was one of the most important assets of the region, as it provided transport and food for its habitants.
Arco da Vila and Old Town
The city’s neoclassical Arco da Vila is on the site of a gate that was part of the original Moorish wall. The monumental archway leads to the old town, with its cobbled streets. Nearby is Faro Cathedral, built in the 13th century. The Municipal Museum, in a 16th-century convent, displays prehistoric and medieval artifacts, plus religious art.
Being the capital of the Algarve since 1756, Faro is also the main arrival point for those coming to the Algarve by plane and land at the Faro Airport. Those who do it, will be able to see the Ria Formosa from the air and can see in first-hand the beauties of its channels and its famous white sand desert islands.
Tourism in Faro
Although Faro is not known as a Touristic City, the truth is that in the past 20 years the city did progress a lot, with most of the local monuments and Historic Quarters being reconstructed and modernized, and with the appearance of new high-quality Hotels, Restaurants, etc… the city is becoming very attractive for tourists that visit faro all year around.
It’s from the Faro Marina that the door is opened to the Ria Formosa. Here we have our office and it’s where we will embark on our boats to start your boat trip adventure. And it’s from the boat that you will be able to better see the magnificent millennial city walls and take a new perspective of the city.