Cheerful, cosmopolitan and bustling, the city of Faro is the capital of the Algarve. It was reborn several times over the centuries after raids, fires and earthquakes.

It lives of the exploitation of salt from the salt lagoons, fishing (tuna, sardines), cork, marble, food industry (canneries, processing carob), plastics and construction.

Thanks to its international airport Faro is now the gateway to the Algarve resorts frequented throughout the year. The long sandy beaches of Faro, situated on an island, are also a point of attraction.

Faro is the capital of the district that includes the following counties: Albufeira, Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique, Olhão, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Silves, Tavira, Vila do Bispo, Vila Real Santo António.  



As an admittedly tourist town, and in a region where tourism is the main activity, Faro has plenty of handicraft items such as pottery, ceramics and baskets. In fact, the whole Algarve region has a long tradition of pottery and there are still many presently working. However, the clays from Porches are perhaps the best known. Throughout the district we can still find pieces of textiles, leather, lace, painted fabrics, bricks, tiles and handmade tiles, jute dolls (symbolizing characters typical of Serra do Caldeirão like the embroiderer, the handspinner and the harvest woman), bobbin lace, esparto grass mats, rugs, wooden artifacts, patchwork, tapestries, wool dolls, wrought iron, items made out of shells, tin, copper and work in palm leaf.


To visit

Vila Real de Santo António

Barril Beach –Tavira Island

Silves Castle

Sagres and Sagres Fortress

Monchique Hot Springs


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