Faro, capital of the Algarve

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25 Minutes from Casa da Fuzeta

Faro is situated on the western edge of the natural reserve of the Ria Formosa. This unique lagoon system stretches from Cacela Velha near Tavira in the eastern Algarve to Quinta do Lago west of Faro. The peninsula de Ancão, better known as Ilha de Faro, is the westernmost link in the chain of islands and peninsulas separating the lagoon from the open sea of the Atlantic Ocean. When the planes approach Faro, passengers get a stunning aerial view of this magnificent.

Faro International Airport was opened in 1965. The number of passengers carried per year is far in excess of 5 million, making the airport the third largest in Portugal. Flight time to Faro from many European destinations is no more than three hours.

Faro is a millenary city to be (re)discovered. The pre-roman town called Ossónoba was one of the most important urban centres in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Today, due to its location, as well as for being a capital city, Faro has the most important infrastructures and public services existent in the Algarve region.

The local gastronomy, based in the Ria Formosa’s shellfish, the white sand and warm water beaches that in some locations is only inhabited by migratory birds, are amongst the natural features to be discovered.