"FARO" Top 5 Page for this destination Faro by alyf1961
Faro Travel Guide: 231 reviews and 766 photos
I am making it a tradition to have a nice little break after the hustle and bustle of Christmas on my own to recharge my batteries. Last year I had a week in Tunisia and this year I chose Portugal. Faro was an excellent choice as it wasn't an obvious holiday destination so wasn't spoilt by too many tourists and not enough locals, but it did have a small tourist industry and the tourist information staff were very friendly and informative. Although out of season there were a few tourists around, I spoke to a nice lady from Bristol and a lovely couple from the Netherlands.
Faro’s history is a combination of Christian and Moorish with features of both visible in the old town.
From 711AD the Moors dominated the Algarve for over 500 years. They gave the region its name al-Gharb.
Christians reconquered central Portugal in the 12th Century but the Moors still controlled the Algarve.
Faro was the last Moorish stronghold to fall in 1249.
Henry the navigator was governor of the Algarve in 1418, he began voyages of discovery from the area. By the time of his death in 1460 Madera, The Azores and Cape Verde had been discovered. The West coast of Africa was also mapped out by the time of Henry’s death. Continuing with travel and adventure in 1488 Bartholomew Dias went round the Cape of Good Hope.
Ten years later in 1498 Vasco da Gama opened a trade route with India.
Faro has been the capital of the Algarve since 1756. It was originally a fishing village but it became an important port under the Romans who called it Ossonoba..
The town was captured from the Moors, who had fortified the town, in 1249 by Alfonso III of Portugal. Under Alfonso the town prospered until 1596 when it was raided by the Earl of Essex, who was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. The city was extensively damaged by an earthquake in 1755. Most of the buildings date back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
CAPITAL -- LISBON
CURRENCY – EURO
LANGUAGE – PORTUGESE although ENGLISH is widely spoken
RELIGION – MAINLY CATHOLIC
Visit markets early in the morning to soak in the atmosphere of Portugal.
Shops usually close between 1pm and 3pm.
Forum Algarve is a large shopping centre just outside the town centre.
The post office is in the largo do Carmo.
Tap water is safe to drink
A two round pin adapter is needed for plugs in Portugal.
VILA = TOWN
ARCO = ARCH
NOSSA = OUR
RUA = STREET
- Pros:NOT TOO TOURISTY
- Cons:STREETS COULD DO WITH BEING A BIT CLEANER
- In a nutshell:A PERFECT PLACE FOR A LONG WEEKEND.
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