Faro (originally called Santa Maria de Faro) is the capital of the homonymous district, and the Algarve region. This city is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Ria Formosa Lagoon, a nature reserve of 170 square kilometers, a highlight observation area of many species of migratory birds. It is a popular destination that offers mostly sunny beach, where the traces of its rich past since the Roman times are still visible.
Faro is a cozy and quiet town with a marina that attracts many visitors, with nice parks and plazas, reminiscent of the rich history of the city. The old quarter is a maze of pedestrian streets with many cafes and restaurants, and small souvenir shops. In the medieval quarters there are museums and churches, as well as a curious bone chapel. It is also a student city with a lively nightlife. The city is an attractive blend of history, modernity and fantastic beaches.