Most of the Algarve's beautiful coastal towns were damaged or destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. One city that remained relatively unscathed by the disaster was Farol, protected mainly by the sandy banks of the natural lagoon - the stunning Ria Formosa. Since then it has remained very much the administrative capital or 'chief city' of the Algarve region.
The city of Faro is home to the University of the Algarve, it has a 30,000 seater football stadium (Estádio Algarve) an International Airport, a Seaport and Marina, Railway station and complete inter-regional bus service.
The old part of the city is particularly attractive and is still surrounded by the roman walls that date back as far as the 9th Century! The eerie but well-preserved Chapel of Bones (Capela de Ossos) is one of the more unusual 'attractions'!
Faro has a much more 'Portuguese' feel about it than some of the Algarve's more resort-like towns, and with well manicured parks and plazas, museums, lively night scene and an old town full of outdoor cafés and pedestrian lanes, Faro is definitely worth a visit (or two) during your stay.
Pictured: Top: Chapel of Bones, Middle: Faro Beach, Bottom: Stadium.
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Chapel of Bones
Faro Beach (7 km)
Quinta do Lago
FARO - Welcome!