The provincial capital
of the Algarve, Faro is a modern, lively city
with attractive shopping precincts, good restaurants
and a frenetic nightlife.
Thousands of travellers
pass through the city en route to and from the
resorts of the Algarve. Those who choose to linger
awhile will find a town full of charm and colour
with an interesting history and the feel of a
true Portuguese fishing port.
There are some sightseeing
opportunities, mostly centred in the Old Town
or Cidade Velha, which is entered through an 18th
century gate and enclosed by the remnants of medieval
walls. Faro's most famous attraction is a macabre
one at the Igreja do Carmo, which features a chapel
whose walls are decorated with the bones of more
than 1,200 monks disinterred from the neighbouring
cemetery. Another worthwhile attraction near the
city is the Ria Formosa Natural Park, and a short
distance to the north is the peaceful village
of Estoi, boasting a pink Roccoco palace and Roman
ruins dating from the 1st century. For the beach,
one has to travel a few miles.
A long sandy spit lies
across a bridge near the International Airport.
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