About Faro

"Faro car rental"If you are traveling to Portugal and wondering where you should visit, you should absolutely consider checking out the city of Faro. Faro is a capital of the beautiful Algarve region, which  is located in the southern province of Portugal. With a large expanse of beautiful beaches, Faro has become a very popular destination among tourists from around the globe. In addition to lovely beaches, Faro also features many restaurants, shops and historical sites that add to the beauty and charm of this seaside town.

This city of Faro dates back to the Roman empire. In the 9th century, the city was fortified and the name of the city changed from Ossonoba (Faro) to Santa Maria and then later, it was changed again to Harune. Finally, in the middle of  the 13th century, Faro became a part of the country of Portugal.

In the year 1577, Faro became the location of the Episcopal Se at the time when the Bishops of Algarve relocated from Silves to Far. Today, you can still see the Bishop’s Palace, which is still inhabited by bishops today.

Faro is a very beautiful place with an abundance of history, many shops, restaurants and cafes. There are also art theatres and galleries, great beaches and a lovely nature reserve known as Ria Formosa. All of these features are easily accessible when visiting the city.

When in Faro, you should explore the oldest part of the city, which is situated on the eastern side of the marina. The oldest part of Faro is known as Cidade Velha. Here, you can see the Arco-da-Vila, Manuel Bivar Gardens and walk along the ancient narrow zigzagged streets. The most interesting place here is the cathedral, which is situated in the middle of the square. The church is not very grand from the outside, but once you step foot inside the cathedral, you will beauty unfold before you. The interior of the church is adorned with beautifully decorated tiles, intricate golden carvings and various works of art. You can also climb up the tower and take in the marvelous views that Faro has to offer.

The palace in Faro, which is named the Episcopal Palace, is not open to the public because this palace is still used as the official residence of the Bishops. The building located next to the square is the Episcopal Seminary. This was build on the request of the then Bishop Francisco Gomes de Avelar. The statue of Bishop Francisco Gomes de Avelar stands at one side of the Largo de Sé.

When you leave Cidade Velha, you can take a ferry from the dock of Porta Nova to Ilha beaches. The boat ride through Ria Formosa is absolutely breathtaking. Ria Formosa is a beautiful nature reserve where you can see many species of migratory birds and pigeons. During the boat ride, you can also see the beauty of the Faro city.

The streets leading you away from Manuel Bivar Gardens take you to the shopping area, cafés and restaurants where the streets lazily wind through the city. If you move away from the harbor, you can see the modern offices and apartments that make up part of the city.

There is no denying the beauty of the city of Faro and it is certainly worth a visit.

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