Faro, gate to the Algarve

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City Hall © Osvaldo Gago

City Hall © Osvaldo Gago

Faro is a city in the Faro Municipality in southern Portugal. The city proper has 41,934 inhabitants and the entire municipality has 58,305. It is the seat of the Faro District and capital of the Algarve region. The Algarve and Faro district cover the same territory.

Vilamoura is one of the largest single tourist complexes in Europe, covering an area of almost 2.000 ha of land and only 15 km from Faro Airport away. Parts of that land are covered with pine woods whilst others are open recovered marshland. The company owning the complex is extremely environmentally conscious, undertaking large effort to protect nature in the course of the further development.

The city has a public university (the University of the Algarve), an international airport (Faro Airport), a seaport, a marina, a railway station and complete inter-regional bus services.

Faro Marina © Valter Jacinto © Sérgio Horta Square in the historic center © Glen Bowman Bishop's House © Marc Ryckaert Faro Harbour © Ivor Faro Cathedral © Glen Bowman City Administration © Osvaldo Gago Algarve Stadium © Osvaldo Gago King Afonso III © Osvaldo Gago City Hall © Osvaldo Gago
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Square in the historic center © Glen Bowman
Its 30,000-seater stadium Estádio Algarve, shared by the neighboring cities of Faro and Loulé, was one of the venues of the Euro 2004. It currently stands vacant, but locals hope that a football team will finally give use to the stadium. Louletano Desportos Clube (a club from the city of Loulé) and Sporting Clube Farense (from Faro), are not enough to use such a big stadium; instead they use smaller municipal stadiums. The stadium is also used to host concerts, festivals and other events.

Faro airport is not too far away from the city itself. In recent years the numbers of visitors traveling through the airport has increased as more and more low-cost airlines compete to offer cheap flights to the Algarve.

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