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Faro is the main town in the Algarve, one of the 16 municipalities in the region, and is the gateway for tourists flying in and out of the Algarve. It has a long and interesting history, dating back to Roman times.

These days, it is renowned as the perfect base from which to enjoy the wonderful Algarve climate, beautiful beaches and world-class golf courses, but is also a great destination in its own right, with lots of attractions, good restaurants, bars and nightlife, and some excellent shopping.

The centre of the town is quite charming, and you can easily explore it on foot. You can stroll around the historic old part of the town in the sunshine, have a well-priced, delicious and leisurely lunch in the shade of a pavement restaurant.

Annual events in Faro

The Algarve is a popular venue for different sporting events, with various sports holding competitions there throughout the year. Past events close to Faro have included the World Surfing Championship and the World Golf Championship.

In January the nearby village of Querena holds the Festival of the Chouricas, a traditional fair where you can try lots of local food while honouring the patron saint of animals, Saint Louis.

Faro's main religious festival, called the Feira de Santo Iria, takes place in October.

November - Faro is one of the towns in the Algarve which plays host to the International Contemporary Dance, a festival showcasing the best in modern dancing.

Must See in Faro

With such a long history, there are lots of historic and interesting churches and monuments to visit, including the ruins of a medieval castle and the Roman walls which surround the old part of the town.

Of special interest are the Church of Santa Maria, with its collection of notable carvings, statues and tilings, and the Museu Municipal, a 16th century convent which houses a great range of Roman artefacts.

For something more unusual (although admittedly not to everyone's taste), visit the Church of Nossa Sehora de Carmo, whose chapel is lined with the bones and skulls of over 1200 monks! And pay attention to the inscription over the doorway: "Stop here and think of the fate that will befall you!"

If you're looking for something more soothing, head off to the Ria Formosa, a wonderful nature reserve with 60km of coastline, where you can see a huge range of birds and nature.

The Naval museum will please those with a more sea-faring interest, and of course there are lots of wonderful beaches to sunbathe on and golf courses to relax on.