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  RIA FORMOSA

The city of Faro has always been connected to the Ria Formosa, living with her face to face. Through its waters have arrived many people – Thartesos, Phoenicians, Greeks, Celts, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, etc. Some have settled and here they lived, passing through cycles of evolution or crises in the regular recurrence of everyday; others limited to pile and steal. To everyone the Ria offered its richness with abundance- the seafood, the fish, the salt and its charm…the Ria Formosa Natural Park fills in the eastern Algarve an extensive lagoon area limited by the Ancão and Manta Rota peninsulas. At one side there’s the ocean, contained by a barrier of thin and sandy islands, developing in a way more or less parallel to the shore: Barreta, Culatra, Ármona, Tavira and Cabanas.

 
  FARO'S ISLAND

The Ria Formosa’s Islands are one of the ex-libris of Faro. The closest is at 8 Km from the town, in the airport direction: an extended sand tongue, known as Faro’s beach. The access is done through the bridge, by car or by one of the buses that during the day circulate between the city and the island. It has excellent conditions to the practice of nautical sports (Jet sky, surf, windsurf, sailing…) and centres and clubs of several modalities. Other islands, more distant and of hardest access, are quiet, solitaries and appealing to people that enjoys feeling that the sea belongs to them.

 
  ILHA DESERTA (BARRETA)

It’s a real paradise to people who likes to be isolated. It has only access by boat, but there are no regular schedules. The solution is to rent or buy one. In the islands of Farol and Culatra there are some fisherman’s houses and it’s possible to rent one. To both there are regular boat schedules from Olhão (all year) and from Faro (only in the summer). The crossing takes around 25 minutes.

 

 

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Interesting points

The Algarve’s capital is proud of its lively centre, filled with stores, esplanadas, bars and restaurants, as from its very interesting monuments and museums and its beautiful old buildings, dating mainly from the XVIII and XIX century. The reason for this is that although Faro has become an important harbour and centre under the roman occupation, after having been a fisherman’s village in pre-historic times, suffered the moors dominium, steeled and burned by the English in the XVI century and was extremely damaged by the 1755 earthquake but still it has endured. Faro was, in the most part, rebuilt, and its best architectural examples can be seen between the city’s centre and the Largo do Carmo (a square), such as Bivarin palace. Many places are worthy of visit: Largo da Sé, with beautiful buildings, the Paço Episcopal of the XVIII century and a rich cathedral; the San Peters church, dedicated to the preacher of the fishermen and with a magnificent baroque altar; The intriguing Jews cemetery, of the XVIII; The village’s arc, built in the entrance of a medieval castle in the XIX century; the Arco do Repouso, of Arabian origin, etc. Today the city of Faro promotes the spirit of the Discovery by valorisation of the past trough revitalisation, recovering and protection of its historic centre. By its turn, the University and the remaining teaching and culture equipments are investing in the growing qualification of life style and in this way are preparing the future. With this method, Faro is reaffirming its regional capitalism.  

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