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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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Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

Rua da Torre d'Agua, Vilamoura
5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (7 reviews)

This family-friendly Vilamoura aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course, Vilamoura Tennis Center, and Vilamouratenis ...

€226

€226
Vila Gale Lagos

Vila Gale Lagos

Estrada da Meia Praia s/n, Lagos
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (5 reviews)

This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagos Marina and Meia Praia Beach. Dona Ana Beach is 3.1 mi (5 km) ...

€146

€146
Tivoli Carvoeiro

Tivoli Carvoeiro

Apartado 129, Vale Do Covo, Carvoeiro
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (16 reviews)

This family-friendly Carvoeiro hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Algarve Divexperience and Algar Seco Rocks. Carvoeiro Beach and ...

€166

€166
Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa

Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa

Lugar Do Montinho, Monchique
5.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Caldas de Monchique, this luxury resort is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Monchique Thermal Springs and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Mina Park. Loja do Mel e do Medronho ...

€112

€112
Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos Lagos

Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos Lagos

Rua Sacadura Cabral 8, Lagos
3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

This family-friendly Lagos aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Sao Goncalo de Lagos Statue and Dona Ana Beach. Pinhao Beach and ...

€149

€149
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

Praia De St Eulalia, Albufeira
5.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (16 reviews)

Located in Albufeira, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Parque Aventura - Albufeira and Santa Eulalia Beach. Maria ...

€222

€222
Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve

Crowne Plaza Vilamoura - Algarve

Rua Do Oceano Atlantico, Vilamoura
5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Vilamoura hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vilamoura Beach and Vilamoura Marina. Falesia Beach is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

€245

€245
Carvi Beach Hotel

Carvi Beach Hotel

Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Lagos
3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Lagos hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Camilo Beach and Dona Ana Beach. Pinhao Beach and Sao Goncalo de Lagos Statue are also within ...

€109

€109
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos
4.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

This family-friendly Lagos apartment is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Porto de Mos Beach and Dona Ana Beach. Lagos Living Science Center and Camilo ...

Hotel Eva

Hotel Eva

Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (42 reviews)

With views over Faro's glamorous waterfront, Hotel Eva is a 5-minute walk from the lively Old Town. Guests can take a boat to Ria Formosa National Park and watch ...

€119

€119

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