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A hotel in Faro is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Faro hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Faro are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Faro hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Faro hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Faro have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Faro
An upscale full service hotel facility in Faro that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Faro hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Faro
Full service Faro hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Faro
Boutique hotels of Faro are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Faro boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Faro may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Faro
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Faro travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Faro focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Faro
Small to medium-sized Faro hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Faro traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Faro hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Faro
A bed and breakfast in Faro is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Faro bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Faro B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Faro
Faro hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Faro hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Faro
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Faro hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Faro lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Faro
Faro timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Faro often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Faro on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Faro
A Faro motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Faro for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Faro motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Faro
Municipality
A view of the skyline of the Algarvian capital of Faro
A view of the skyline of the Algarvian capital of Faro
Flag of Faro
Flag
Coat of arms of Faro
Coat of arms
LocalFaro.svg
Coordinates:  / 37.033; -7.917  / 37.033; -7.917
Country Portugal
Region Algarve
Subregion Algarve
Intermunic. comm. Algarve
District Faro
Parishes
Government
• President Rogério Bacalhau (PSD)
Area
• Total 202.57 km (78.21 sq mi)
Population (2011)
• Total 64,560
• Density 320/km (830/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Postal code 8000
Website Official website

Faro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfaɾu]) is a municipality and bishopric, southernmost city and seat of the district of the same name, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. With a population of 64,560 inhabitants in 2011 (with 50,000 inhabitants in the city proper), the municipality covers an area of approximately 202.57 square kilometres (78.21 square miles).

Faro, Portugal: History

The medieval Cathedral of Faro
A view along the narrow streets of the old quarter

The Ria Formosa lagoon attracted human occupants from the Palaeolithic age until the end of pre-history. The first settlements date from the 4th century BC, during the period of Phoenician colonization of the western Mediterranean. At the time, the area was known as Ossonoba, and was the most important urban centre of southern Portugal and commercial entrepot for agricultural products, fish and minerals.

Between the 2nd and 8th century, the city was under the domain of the Romans, then the Byzantines and later Visigoths, before being conquered by the Moors in 713. From the 3rd century onwards and during the Visigothic period, it was the site of an Episcopal see, the Ancient Diocese of Ossoba (306-688). The Byzantine presence perdured in the |city walls towers that were built during the Byzantine presence.

With the advent of Moorish rule in the 8th century, Ossonoba retained its status as the most important town in the southwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula. In the 9th century it became the capital of a short-lived princedom and was fortified with a ring of defensive walls. At this time, in the 10th century, the name Santa Maria (Shantamariyyat al-Gharb in Arabic) began to be used instead of Ossonoba. By the 11th century the town was known as Santa Maria Ibn Harun.

During the 500 years of Moorish rule, some Jewish residents of Faro made written copies of the Old Testament. One of Faro's historical names in Arabic is أخشونبة (ʼUḫšūnubaḧ). The Moors were defeated and expelled in 1249 by the forces of the Portuguese King Afonso III. With the decline of the importance of the city of Silves (which was made the regional bishopric as Diocese of Silves shortly during and properly after the Reconquista), Faro took over the role of administration of the Algarve area.

Faro, Portugal: Portuguese Kingdom

The civil governor's palace in Faro
The building of the Câmara Municipal of Faro
The Palace and gardens of the Estoi Palace

In the sequence of the Portuguese independence, in 1143, Afonso Henriques and his successors began an expansion into the southern Iberian territory (those occupied by the Moors). Following the conquest by D. Afonso III, in 1249, the Portuguese referred to the town as Santa Maria de Faaron or Santa Maria de Faaram. In the following years, the town became a prosperous position along the Algarve, due to its secure port and exploration of salt and produce. At the beginning of the Portuguese Age of Discovery, the town was positioned to be a commercial centre.

In the 14th century, the Jewish community began to grow in importance. Samuel Gacon began printing the Pentateuco in Hebrew, the first book printed in Portugal in 1487. The community Faro was always a distinct part of the region, with many artesans and merchants making part of the economy and city development. But, this level of prosperity was interrupted in the 15th century, by an edict of Manuel I of Portugal (December 1496) expelling those who did not convert to Christianity: as a result, officially, there were no Jews in Portugal. In the place of the Jewish village of Vila Adentro, the convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção (patroned by Queen Leonor, wife of the King) was founded. The same monarch promoted the development and expansion in the city in 1499: construction of a hospital, the Church of Espírito Santo (or Church of the Misericórdia), a customshouse and slaughterhouse, which were constructed near the shoreline.

By 1540, John III of Portugal elevated Faro to the status of city, while (in 1577) the bishopric of the Algarve was transferred from Silves (which retains a co-cathedral) as the present Diocese of Faro.

In 1596, the sack and fire provoked by English privateers, led by Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, damaged the walls, churches and destroying other properties, including possessions. At the same time, English troops seized the library of the Bishop of Faro (then Fernando Martins de Mascarenhas), which eventually became part of University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. Among the looted books was the first printed book in Portugal: a Torah in local Hebrew (Judeo-Español), printed by Samuel Gacon at his workshop in Faro.

Between the 17th and 18th century, was a period of expansion in Faro, supported by a series of walls, during the period of the Restoration Wars (1640-1668), and encompassing the semi-circular front to the Ria Formosa. Yet, Lagos had become the capital of the historical province of Algarve in 1577 and remained so until 1756, the year following the destruction of much of the town by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The earthquake damaged several areas in the Algarve, where a tsunami dismantled some coastal fortresses and, in the lowlands, razed homes. Almost all the coastal towns and villages of the Algarve were heavily damaged, except Faro, which was protected by the sandy banks of Ria Formosa lagoon.

Since then Faro has been the administrative seat of the region. During the earthquake, the town suffered damage to the churches, convents (specifically the Convent of São Francisco and Convent of Santa Clara) and episcopal palace, in addition to the walls, castle towers and bulwarks, barracks, guardhouses, warehouses, customshouses and prison.

Faro, Portugal: Geography

The coast of Ria Formosa in Faro
A shell-covered beach on Ilha Barreta

The municipality of Faro is divided into two distinct areas, the coastline, part of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa (Nature Park of Ria Forma) and the barrocal, characterized by hills and valleys, populated with typical Algarvan vegetation.

The Nature Park was created by Decree-Law 373/87, on 8 December 1987, and is considered one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, with a beach that is approximately 7 kilometres (4 miles) from the downtown. It includes the river and a lagoon system, interspersed with dunes, forming a small islands and peninsulas, that protect a large area of marshes, channels and islets. The beaches in Faro as situated on the peninsula of Ancão and island of Culatra, along the corridor of the nature park. The park is a rich and complex aquatic ecosystem, consisting of barrier islands, marshes and channels, comprising sandy shoreline that separate the waters of the Ria Formosa and Atlantic Ocean. The beaches of Faro and Barrinha/Barra de São Luís, are located on the Ancão peninsula, the beach of Barreta on the Ilha Deserta, and the beaches of Farol and Culatra are located on the Ilha Culatra. The barrier islands are separated by tidal flats and shallows, including (from west to east) the Barra do Ancão/Barra de São Luís, the Barra de Santa Maria/Barra do Farol and the Barra da Culatra/Barra da Armona (in the municipality of Olhão).

Annually, many species of aquatic migratory birds, that transient northern Europe and that nest during the winter. These include flamengos, terns, Pied avocet, Eurasion wigeon, Common chaffinch, among others.

Within the town there are gardens and open spaces, among which are the Manuel Bivar Garden, Alameda João de Deus Garden and the Mata do Liceu.

The variety of species and natural conditions results in the region being a popular eco-tourism zone, promoting birdwathcing, boating trips into the delta, kayaking along the Ria formosa, pedestrian trails and biking tours, accompanied by nature guides. The municipality is crossed by the southern Ecovia do Algarve, a bicycling circuit that connects the Algarve to the rest of Europe.

Faro, Portugal: Climate

Faro has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa). Summers are warm to hot and sunny with average daytime temperatures of 27–35 °C (81–95 °F). The weather in the autumn and winter months is generally mild with temperatures around 8–17 °C (46–63 °F). Faro receives most of its rainfall over the winter months; rain is very rare between June and September. The annual average temperature is around 17 °C (63 °F) - 18 °C (64 °F) and the annual rainfall is around 500 mm (19.69 in). The average sea surface temperature is 15–16 °C (59–61 °F) in January rising to 22–25 °C (72–77 °F) in August.

Climate data for Faro
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
24.7
(76.5)
28.9
(84)
30.1
(86.2)
33.6
(92.5)
37.1
(98.8)
44.3
(111.7)
39.6
(103.3)
37.4
(99.3)
33.3
(91.9)
28.6
(83.5)
24.0
(75.2)
44.3
(111.7)
Average high °C (°F) 16.1
(61)
16.9
(62.4)
19.1
(66.4)
20.4
(68.7)
22.8
(73)
26.4
(79.5)
29.2
(84.6)
28.8
(83.8)
26.6
(79.9)
23.2
(73.8)
19.6
(67.3)
17.0
(62.6)
22.2
(72)
Daily mean °C (°F) 12.0
(53.6)
12.8
(55)
14.8
(58.6)
16.1
(61)
18.4
(65.1)
21.9
(71.4)
24.2
(75.6)
24.1
(75.4)
22.3
(72.1)
19.3
(66.7)
15.7
(60.3)
13.3
(55.9)
17.9
(64.2)
Average low °C (°F) 7.9
(46.2)
8.7
(47.7)
10.5
(50.9)
11.8
(53.2)
14.0
(57.2)
17.3
(63.1)
19.1
(66.4)
19.4
(66.9)
18.0
(64.4)
15.3
(59.5)
11.7
(53.1)
9.6
(49.3)
13.6
(56.5)
Record low °C (°F) −1.2
(29.8)
−1.2
(29.8)
2.3
(36.1)
3.6
(38.5)
6.7
(44.1)
8.0
(46.4)
11.9
(53.4)
13.1
(55.6)
9.9
(49.8)
7.8
(46)
2.7
(36.9)
1.2
(34.2)
−1.2
(29.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 59.3
(2.335)
52.0
(2.047)
39.4
(1.551)
38.6
(1.52)
21.7
(0.854)
4.3
(0.169)
1.8
(0.071)
3.9
(0.154)
23.2
(0.913)
60.1
(2.366)
90.4
(3.559)
114.1
(4.492)
508.8
(20.031)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 12 13 9 10 7 4 1 1 3 9 10 11 90
Average relative humidity (%) 77 77 71 68 64 65 60 60 65 71 75 77 69
Mean monthly sunshine hours 172 165 234 251 314 332 368 352 273 226 182 167 3,036
Source #1: Instituto de Meteorologia, World Meteorological Organization (precipitation days)
Source #2: NOAA (sun and humidity 1961–1990)

Faro, Portugal: Human geography

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 4 civil parishes (freguesias):

  • Faro (Sé e São Pedro) proper
  • Conceição e Estoi
  • Montenegro
  • Santa Bárbara de Nexe.

Faro, Portugal: International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Portugal

Faro is twinned with:

  • Spain Huelva, Spain
  • United States Hayward, United States
  • Spain Málaga, Spain
  • Italy Reggio Calabria, Italy (since 1989)
  • Morocco Tangier, Morocco (since 1985)
  • Guinea-Bissau Bolama, Guinea-Bissau
  • Cape Verde Praia, Cape Verde
  • São Tomé and Príncipe Príncipe, São Tomé and Príncipe
  • France Bayonne, France
  • Mozambique Maxixe, Mozambique
  • China Haikou, China

Other locations named after Faro include Canada Faro, Yukon, Canada.

Faro, Portugal: Transport

Part of the International Airport
A Alfa Pendular raillink in the main Faro railway station

Faro is served by a transport network connecting it to the Algarve, and by extension, other European markets. Faro is approximately three hours and 30 minutes by air from the principal European destinations, and two hours and 30 minutes from Lisbon, along the A2, and less than one hour from Andalusia, along the A22.

It receives through the International Airport thousands of visitors annually, with 45 airlines serving this airport, including the largest number low-cost airlines. In recent years the numbers of visitors travelling through the airport has increased as more and more low-cost airlines compete to offer cheap flights to the Algarve. The transport facilities to and from Faro airport and the centre of Faro include taxicabs and a bus line.

Centrally located, the town is served by Faro railway station, operated by Comboios de Portugal (CP), in addition to a way-station in Bom João. Faro receives trains from intercity lines, Alfa Pendular and longer regional. The town is serviced by a public transport network that include minibus, local bus lines and regional services across the Algarve.

Due to its position along the coast, there is a need to connect the shoreline communities with the outlying with various islands; with the exception of the island of Faro, most are accessible only by boat service. Throughout the year (from the commercial wharf or Portas do Mar wharf, depending the time of year) there are regular and tourist service along the estuary.

Faro, Portugal: Culture and entertainment

The Faro city holiday is on 7 September. The students' festival (Semana Académica da Universidade do Algarve), organized every year by students from the University of the Algarve, is also an important event in Faro. The Faro International Motorcycle Rally, usually held in mid-July, is a famous festival, renowned in Europe for being one of the biggest of its kind.

Faro, Portugal: Sports

The Estádio Algarve opened for Euro 2004.

A 30,000-seat stadium Estádio Algarve, shared by the cities of Faro and Loulé, was one of the venues of the Euro 2004 football championship and is also the temporary home ground of the Gibraltar national football team. Louletano Desportos Clube (a club from the city of Loulé) and Sporting Clube Farense (from Faro) also use smaller municipal stadiums. The stadium is also used for concerts, festivals and other events.

Faro, Portugal: References

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  • GCatholic - successive bishoprics of Ossobona, Silves and Faro
Municipality of Faro District (Algarve)

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Albufeira Alcoutim Aljezur Castro Marim Faro Lagoa Lagos Loulé Monchique Olhão Portimão São Brás de Alportel Silves Tavira Vila do Bispo Vila Real de Santo António
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