Faro is the administrative center for the whole Algarve region with a population of approximately 60,000 inhabitants spread over 210 km2, of which 30% are integrated in the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
The Ria Formosa lagoon, a 19 km long system of barrier islands that communicates with the sea through six inlets, forms three main islands, which can be reached by boat, and are excellent places to enjoy pleasant days in contact with nature, enjoying boating, biking or walking.
The local cuisine, typically Mediterranean, the white sand beaches and balmy waters awarded with the “blue flag”, in some places inhabited only by migratory birds, are aspects to discover on the islands of the Ria Formosa, with a high potential for nature tourism.
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 centers in the south of the Iberian Peninsula.
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