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Faro, a city of historic charm


Faro, a city of historic charmThe Algarve is one of the most attractive regions to visit in Portugal, on the south. And here, the capital, Faro, is sure to be a destination to relax and enjoy a few days with charming and colorful.

If you’re about to take one of the flights to Faro , is preparing to be welcomed by a city of narrow streets and beautiful, walls and many monuments and buildings that stale invite you to dream as well known beaches and the Ria Formosa, with protected area and its National Park, home to many migratory birds and plant species.

Faro can not name without mentioning its castle and old town, ideal for walking, you can enter the iconic Arco da Vila, to admire inside old buildings, most still standing date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – in a walled environment.

The Cathedral , located in the homonymous square, has the characteristic of being of Arab origin, built in the mid-thirteenth century, but today due to the earthquakes in that same century, from its original version almost only remaining tower and the porch. The rest you see is the work of restoration that you have printed a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

Right next to the Cathedral you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Faro open Monday to Friday from 9 to 13 and from 14.20 to 16.30 – which is housed in a sixteenth century convent. In this historical center not forget to see the chapels da Senhora do and do Repouso Assuncao, the Episcopal Palace and the Municipal Galleries Trem and Arco.

The Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a large-scale baroque church with two bell towers, which opened in the early eighteenth century. The truth is that this religious building is also notable for its gilded baroque altarpieces, considered the best in southern Portugal.

The modern center, meanwhile, extends along the Rua de Santo Antonio, elegant pedestrian has to offer tourists all kinds of shops and restaurants to enjoy the best local and national dishes. Day or night, this region is the most vibrating in Faro.

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