Faro, Algarve

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On the coast of the Bay of Rhea Formosa, not far from the Cape of Santa Maria, there is a sea port and the city of Faro, which is the center of the municipality and of a single district, as well as the central part of the historical province of Algarve. Favorable climatic conditions, excellent beaches and good weather made Farrah one of the most popular vacation spots.

His history goes back many centuries. Before the Roman invasion, it was occupied by kinfolk who had taken the side of Rome during the Lusitania War. During the period of the conquest of the area by the Romans, the city of Ossoñoba emerged as a major port and administrative center.

However, these lands have survived the invasions of the Moorish and Arabian overlords, from whose rule the city was liberated in the 13th century by the King of Portugal, King Alphonsus III. The two centuries of destruction that the city endured in 1722 and 1755 caused considerable damage and destruction. Throughout the following period, Faroux flourished and was soon transformed into the main city of the region, Algarve.

The territory of the modern city includes the University of Algărvare, the sea port, a marina, a railway station, an international air port, a truck station. One of the remarkable features is the 30,000-seat stadium, where in 2004 the matches of the European Football Championship took place. In addition, there are large-scale motorcycle sport competitions in the Faroe Islands. One of the big annual events of Faroux is the student festival at the University of Algiers and the citys festival, which takes place on June 7.

With the citys many attractions, the most noteworthy are: Faroux Castle, Capuchin Monastery, Episcopal Palace, Cathedral Church, Episcopal Seminary, Millennium Church, Bellemarecchou Monastery, St. Francis Monastery, Chapel of the Cross, and Karmou Church. There are 4 museums in the city: the National Museum, the Museum of Science of Viva, the Museum of Ethnography, the Museum of the Sea named after Commodore Ortigão.

The economy of the city mainly relies on services and the tourism industry. Every year, five million tourists visit the city. Its also home to a company that produces cooking salt, which is extracted from illicit salts around the city.

100 USD = 92.23 EUR

Overall Score

  • Air quality: 59 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: Yes, safe to drink
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 450,000 people
  • GDP: $19,750 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 63 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Vodafone
  • Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
  • Tipping: Tipping 5% – 10% in restaurants is standard, although tipping should only be provided with the chance that you are extremely happy with the service. No tip is expected for some coffee/espresso or a beverage, although some people might leave the change, round up to the closest Euro (example 1,85 to 2EUR).
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Uber
  • Best coworking space: Atelier
  • Online electronics shop: Fnac
  • Best short-haul air carrier: TAP
  • Best intl air carrier: EasyJet
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1400
  • Monthly costs for family: $3200
  • Monthly costs for local: $900
  • Meal: $6
  • Small Cola: $1.8
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3
  • Coffee: $1.8

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