The Faro district coincides with the historical land of Algarve and is one of the most visited regions of Portugal. It is located in the south of the country and is washed by the Atlantic Ocean from two sides. It is a region of wonderful beaches, bustling resorts, and unusual cliffs and coastal caves.
The basis of the region's economy is tourism. It has been developing in this area since the second half of the 20th century and during this time small fishing villages have become thriving holiday resorts. Although the boats are still fishing, and fishermen can buy fresh fish and seafood, the ports are also full of companies organizing cruises along the coast. They allow you to admire the cliff coast and enter caves, as well as observe birds and dolphins.
The Algarve coast has over 200 km of sandy beaches, largely sheltered from the mainland by steep cliff walls. A large part is developed and has water equipment rentals. However, there are still places where you can sunbathe far from the crowds, with your own equipment and without the ubiquitous hustle and bustle. The most famous coastal resorts are Portimao, Albufeira, Lagos and Sagres.
In the Middle Ages, Faro was under Moorish rule. To this day, eastern influences are visible in architecture. White, low houses standing on narrow streets, decorative chimneys with arabesques or carved decorative elements can be admired in Albufeira, Tavira or Estoi.