About Faro

Faro municipality has around 65.000 inhabitants distributed by 210 km2 and being around 30% of that area part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve.

Faro is a millenary city to be (re)discovered (see routes here). The pre-roman town called Ossónoba was one of the most important urban centres in the south of the Iberian Peninsula.

The city is south bordered by a 19 km length dune, interrupted by openings that connect the sea to the Ria Formosa, forming 3 main islands.

You may visit the islands by boat, however one of them – Faro Island – is also accessible by car.
The islands are places of excellence where you can take a pleasant walk in the natural surroundings of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. You may also enjoy boat trips, bicycle rides, trail walks and bird watching along the Ria.

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.

Faro is rich in natural and cultural heritage and invites you to discover it. See the official brochure here.

If you wish to see and/or know a little bit more about Faro city, please click on the following links:


Useful links

Faro International Airport


Cultural heritage guide

Algarve regional cooking

Algarve Map

Tours & Trails

Discover the hidden Algarve