Faro is perhaps the heart of the Portugal experience! The distant blue lagoons, beautiful pathways to stroll on, cafes which are nestled among busy streets and history around every corner cast a spell on its visitors.
Faro has always been an attraction for settlements across eras- from Paleolithic, Ossonoba, 3rd century ‘Episcopal See’ to the Visigoth times. However, the city capsules the 8th century Moorish rule the most and its influences are not easy to miss even today.
The rulegave the city of Portugalits unique name Faro (Pharoah) and the rule sustained for 500 years till 1249 when the Moors were defeated by Afonso III- the Portuguese Crown King. Soon Faro became the administrative center of the Algarve region.
However, all through the 16 and 18th century, Lagos was deemed as an administrative centre but soon the title was returned to Faro, making it more of a power capital than anything else.
Today, the city of Faro finds its power in its rich historic complexes, beautiful exotic nature and a crazy tourism service all year long! The whole Algarve region in Portugal is like a throne for Faro and even though the city has its unique charm, the experience is only complete by exploring the rest of region.
Whether you want to visit Faro as a stop-over or as a complete vacation destination, the place is sure to enthrall you with its poignant beauty, grandeur history and electrifying energy.
Faro Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Faro tips for your visit
- Even though the Taxi drivers speak English, writing down an address helps.
- Renting a car and self driving around the city is not recommended for first time visitors.
- Do carry rain gear if you are travelling in winter, May and July.