Interesting places i Faro which should not be missed
The city of Faro and its surrounding areas gained prominence as part of the Roman Empire. The region housed numerous towns with commercial, maritime and productive functionalities that were coveted by the empire. The boundaries of the city then known as Civitas Ossobonensis stretched right up to present day Tavira. In fact, any visitor who has booked Faro at the international airport can enjoy a glimpse into the historical past of the city at the Milreu ruins located in suburban Faro and the Infante D. Henrique Archeological Museum.
The Arab conquest of the city
In time, Faro like the entire of Andalusia fell into the hands of Moorish rulers; it was subsequently renamed Saint Mary Ibn Harun. The Arab rulers did leave back some magnificent monuments like the Arco da Vila
The Christian rule over Faro
In 1249, Faro once again returned to Christian rule under the name Vila-Adentro in the reign of Alfonos III. This marked the construction of the Sé Cathedral which was built on a site that was previously home to Arab relics and a mosque. By the 16th century, Faro had quickly risen to the exalted position of an extremely important mercantile port of Algarve and it held on to this reputation for centuries. In 1540, it also became a bishopdom and was granted city status. Many of the monuments from that era are still preserved intact in present day Faro like the convents of Saint Francis, Nossa Senhora da Assunção and the Church of Misericórdia
By the 19th century, a massive organizational restructuring was undertaken for Faro; this allowed for the centralization of governing power and established a place for the city on the region’s economic landscape. In fact, faro quickly gained importance as one of the quintessential economic centers of the Algarve coast. The economic boom led to the immigration of scores of people from various parts of the country including nobility and bourgeois whose ambitions made their mark felt on the city’s architecture.
The palatial residences in the city belonging to the upper class and their second homes located on the outskirts are still a significant presence in Faro. Most notable among them is the Palace of Estói.
The tourist offices in the different districts of the city provide information about Faro which will help you to find your way. When in city, visitors should not miss the opportunity to enjoy these architectural masterpieces along with other attractions like the Museum of Living Sciences and of course the famed Ria Formosa park, a natural wonderland that will wow every member of the family.