Faro has endured Romans, Britons and earthquakes. Faro made history. Welcome to one of the most beautiful areas in Europe!

From the plane, the traveller can see that the town is surrounded by lagoons and white dunes – red-brown rock walls cut into the deep blue water. They make Faro one of the most beautiful corner points in Europe.

Take away herbs

The city in the west of Portugal has had to go through many difficulties in its history: Arabs, Romans and British occupied the city, earthquakes in 1532 and 1755 devastated its most beautiful buildings.

Nevertheless, the old town with its Roman city walls is still very worth seeing, the museums of Faro invite you to travel back in time: above all the ” Museum of the Navy Admiral Ramalho Ortiga “, which houses the “Sao Gabriel” model.

With that ship, Vasco da Gama set out on his voyages of discovery. From here he discovered the sea route via Africa to India in 1498 – and returned home heavily laden with valuable spices.

Today, visitors no longer have to travel that far to take foreign treasures home: in the populated pedestrian zone of Faro, Santo António Street, you can find all kinds of spices besides ceramics and embroidery: for taking away.

Bizarre rock formations

Faro, with its 58,000 inhabitants, is more of a tranquil nest than a tourist metropolis, and that is precisely what makes the Atlantic town so special: the German national soccer team, among others, resided here during the 2004 European Championship in search of tranquillity.

Bizarre rock formations and fine sandy beaches continue west of Faro – all the way to Albufeira. In the Algarve holiday centre, bathing holidaymakers will find one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. The Praia da Falésia is not only suitable for long, sandy walks in the off-season but is also perfect for a swim in the Atlantic in summer.