Sunday, 15 November 2009

Faro - A history and Brief Tourist Guide

Faro city is based in the Faro municipal in the Algarve in Portugal and the specific area has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic age until the end of the pre-history and during this time a settlement grew around the Ria Formosa lagoon as it's known today.

It has seen many controlling factions over the thousands of years of history because of the strategic position of the city including Visigoth, Moors, Arabic and eventually Portuguese in 1249 when they overthrew the Moors. Faro became the main city in the Algarve district after the city of Silves went into decline but by 1577 Lagos had become the capital of the district but was later mostly destroyed in 1755 earthquake and so the role fell to Faro and continues to be the administrative seat in the region.

Faro enjoys the temperate and consistent Mediterranean Climate with warmth and sunshine throughout the year but it is also Subtropical in that the winter month seeing quite a bit of rainfall compared to other Mediterranean cities. Faro is located near to 170 square Kilometres of rare and unique nature reserve and is resting station for many migratory birds in the spring and autumn periods and is a great place to visit if you enjoy wilderness and nature. Faro also has golden sandy beaches to enjoy the warm weather on around seven kilometres away from the city centre.

The history of Faro is reflected in the building structure and there are several to visit including Faro cathedral, University of Algarve, the City Hall, Government buildings and hospitals. Faro has cobbled streets and a series of squares that reflect the age of the city and there are some monuments to important leaders of Faro like King Afonso the third who was historically recognised as liberating Faro from the Moors by the Portuguese people and creating them their own country as we know it today.

Faro has a world famous Faro International Motorcycle Rally and is one of the biggest held in the whole of Europe attracting tourist as well as motorcycle enthusiasts. The city holiday is on the seventh of September but there is also a student's festival organised by the members of the University of the Algarve.

Faro gives tourists a little bit of everything with a marina, beaches, historical buildings, ancient streets to be lost in and a nature reserves close by for those wildlife enthusiasts.

Sophie is a blog travel writer who visits many cities and countries in the world, reviewing and documenting on cultures and diversity as well as accommodation and hotels where she stays, such as Faro, Portugal. Whenever Sophie travels, where she can, she uses, Resorthoppa Portugal transfers, as they are a convenient and cheap way of pre-booking private or shuttle bus transfer from the airport to the door of your holiday accommodation. Book your transfer at

Sophie is an online blog writer for many different online travel sites. Part of Sophie's job is to travel to various cities or to trial various services. It is at times a very rewarding job and very diverse because of the sheer amount of culture and people that she meets but it can also be very isolating! One thing is for sure, in order to make things smooth on her transfers when she arrives at the destination airport, Sophie always uses Resorthoppa private transfers from the airport to her resort or private hotel accommodation, as it takes the stress out of hailing cabs or catching a coach. When not travelling, Sophie loves to spend time with her friends and catch up on the latest soap operas with her mum!