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Your Faro holiday

Due to the Ria Formosa’s location and diverse ecology, many early human occupants migrated to the area of Algarve. One of the first settlements to arise from the here was Ossonoba, a crucial town during the Roman occupation that developed into modern-day Faro.

The Visigoths lived here from the 3rd century BCE until the Moors took over in the 8th century. At this time, Faro was the most important port city in the region. The town took on the name Harun, which is where the current name Faro gets its name.

In 1249, the Moors’ reign ended with the defeat of King Alfonso III in 1249, when the region became part of Portuguese territory.

The city thrived as the economic port city of the Algarve region, and in 1596 the Earl of Essex invaded the town and captured the library of the Bishop of Faro. The books taken were later relocated in the University of Oxford’s library.

Despite its prominence, Faro did not become capital in the area until after the 1755 earthquake destroyed nearby Lagos. Faro was protected from a destructive tsunami by the sand banks of Ria Formosa lagoon.

Today, Faro has established itself as the primary location in the region with an international airport built in 1965 and prominent educational institutions like the University of the Algarve and the Music Regional College.

Due to its rich art and culture as well as its agreeable climate and location, Faro has developed a strong tourist economy.

The warm months are the best time to spend a weekend in Faro, a historic and attractive beach destination on Portugal´s southern coast.

Visitors can choose between great shopping locations, reading in street-side cafes, visiting some of the famous monuments, or taking a water taxi to some of the various islands and their picturesque beaches.

So don´t wait and book the next flight to Faro before it is too late.

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Real Marina Residence

Real Marina Residence

Avenida 5 de Outubro 2, Olhao
5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Located in the heart of Olhao, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Olhao Municipal Market and Olhao Harbour. Carmo Church and Faro Jewish Heritage Centre ...

€50

€50
Hotel Eva

Hotel Eva

Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
4.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (50 reviews)

This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Faro Marina and Carmo Church. Vila Arch and Misericordia Church are ...

€68

€68
Real Marina Hotel & Spa

Real Marina Hotel & Spa

Av. 5 de Outubro, 1, Olhao
5.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (8 reviews)

This family-friendly Olhao hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Olhao Municipal Market and Olhao Harbour. Algarve Living Science Center and ...

€76

€76
Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club

Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club

Praia Da Oura, Albufeira
5.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (33 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Oura aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oura Beach, Aveiros Beach and International Health Centers Albufeira. Santa Eulalia ...

€46

€46
Carvi Beach Hotel

Carvi Beach Hotel

Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Lagos
3.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (19 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Lagos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Camilo Beach and Dona Ana Beach. Meia Praia Beach is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

€47

€47
São Rafael Atlântico

São Rafael Atlântico

Sesmarias, Albufeira
5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Albufeira hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arrifes Beach and Sao Rafael Beach. Coelha Beach and Albufeira Marina are also within ...

€104

€104
Tivoli Carvoeiro

Tivoli Carvoeiro

Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Carvoeiro
5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (16 reviews)

This family-friendly Carvoeiro hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Algar Seco Rocks and Carvoeiro Beach. Vale Centeanes Beach and Paraiso ...

€76

€76
Rocha Brava Village Resort

Rocha Brava Village Resort

Urb. Rocha Brava - Apartado 1047, Carvoeiro
4.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)

This family-friendly Carvoeiro apartment is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Alfanzina Lighthouse, Vale Centeanes Beach and Vale de Milho Golf. ...

€34

€34
Hotel Faro & Beach Club

Hotel Faro & Beach Club

Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
4.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (28 reviews)

This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from Faro Marina and Misericordia Church. Hermitage of Nossa Senhora de Guia and ...

€81

€81
Best Western Hotel Dom Bernardo

Best Western Hotel Dom Bernardo

Rua General Teofilo Da Trindade 20, Faro
3.5 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (16 reviews)

Located in Faro City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of A Companhia de Teatro do Algarve and Carmo Church. Antonio Sergio Park and Sao Pedro Church ...

€37

€37
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