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By plane

Faro Airport (IATA: FAO) (ICAO: LPFR). Many package tour and discount airlines arrive from the UK and Ireland, mainland Europe and Canada. There is a large group of Car hire agencies if you turn right after the main exit.

By train

The Alpha Pendular - a high-speed train, runs at least twice a day to and from Lisbon. About 2,5 hours, €20 one way, €25 on first class. The Inter City trains run more frequently but take a little longer, with more stops - about 3.5 to 4 hours. There are also regional trains along the Algarve coast to Lagos.

By bus

There is a daily bus service from Lisbon and Porto in the north of Portugal, as well as from Madrid and Seville in Spain. A fare from Lisbon to Faro costs either 18 EUR or 19 EUR (for a "Expresso Qualidade" direct connection which takes just over 3 hours and includes a movie projection, a stewardess, and a mini-bar service) and can easily be bought at the bus station just before boarding. This bus station in Lisbon is next to a subway stop called Jardim Zoológico.

By boat

Main harbours: Portimao, Faro.

Key places to visit
Municipal Museum of Archaeology, Maritime Museum (Museu Maritimo), Regional Museum of the Algarve, Igreja do Carmo


Places to Visit

Municipal Museum of Archaeology

The city's Museo Arqueologico is located within an especially beautiful 16th-century convent , which is amongst Portugal's oldest and best preserved. Inside, visitors to the Faro Museum of Archaeology will find a splendid cloister and impressive Roman mosaic depicting Neptune and the four winds, which dates as far back as the 3rd century. Other attractions include various Roman statues and artefacts discovered during the excavations of Estoi, decorative Moorish lamps and paintings from the Baroque and Renaissance periods.

Maritime Museum (Museu Maritimo)

The Museu Maritimo can be found at the harbour and alongside the city gardens, cafes and stylish yachts, and although fairly modest in size, is especially interesting. Visitors will enjoy learning about the local fishing techniques and checking out the collections of model boats and naval ships, seashells and Portuguese maritime memorabilia. Nearby, the Rua Comandante Francisco Manuel offers a scenic promenade alongside the seafront and historic city walls.

Regional Museum of the Algarve

Regional Museum of the Algarve .Celebrating the local handicrafts and their respective industries from throughout the Algarve, the Museu Regional Do Algarve is brimming with reconstructions of cottage interiors and hand-made lace works and weaving. Also on display are models of traditional Portuguese fishing nets still used to catch tuna fish today, together with exhibits relating to both salt panning and saddlery.

Igreja do Carmo

A Igreja da Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo ou Igreja do Carmo e um edifício "notavel da cidade de Faro, situado no Largo do Carmo.
A Igreja do Carmo constitui uma das mais importantes manifestacoes esteticas do patrimonio religioso e artistico da regiao algarvia. Foi fundada em 1713 pelo Bispo D. Antonio Pereira da Silva, que comprou o terreno e inaugurada em 1719, tendo sido responsavel pelo projecto inicial o Padre Carmelita Frei Manuel da Conceiçao, de Lisboa. Em meados do mesmo seculo o edificio sofreu grande remodelação e acrescentos, tendo-se destruido a fachada original. O novo tracado foi concebido pelo mestre pedreiro Diogo Goncalves.

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