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Faro in general
Faro in Algarve Portugal region is most visited by people looking for a seaside vacation in Europe. Lying on the southern most tip of the country, the Algarve region offers plenty of things to do and see. Calm seawater, golden beaches, challenging golf courses and beautiful coastlines define the major draws of Algarve. Quaint hotels and villas in Algarve Portugal are great accommodation choices and can be found near fantastic dining and a lively nightlife that add to the character and appeal of the area. Algarve Portugal nightlife is especially fun and restaurants, clubs and bars do get really busy.

Algarve villas range in quality and price. From cheap to expensive, rustic to luxurious, they can be found in many different standards. Albufeira is the tourist capital of Algarve and a popular choice with visitors renting Algarve villas. Prices range greatly depending on how many people will be staying and also depending on the area and the amenities provided. Algarve villas are known to include a pullout sofa or extra cot so to sleep an extra person or two which can be convenient. Instead of renting a three bedroom villa try looking for a two bedroom that may sleep six people for lower weekly cost.

A travel agent can be the best way to find Algarve villas if you are not sure about searching on your own. Searching online can provide an advantage as you can view property photos and prices and choose what you like best in your budget. If looking online villas are often accompanied by a map to show the location of the rental so you can determine whether or not the area is suitable for your vacation plans. You can see if the rental is near an Algarve beach or farther from the coast. Local Portugal newspapers do advertise villas but they are normally written in the local language.

An Algarve beach is one of the most-loved in Portugal. Algarve beach trips include visits to the sandy shores of Praia Ilha de Tavira, the oldest and widest stretch of Praia da Rocha and Praia Verde which is a broad and seemingly endless beach perfect for families.

The blend of golden sand and hot weather during Algarve holidays attracts beach-savvy tourists from all over the world for. Ocean waves offer a cooling dip when the afternoon sun beats down a little too hot. Beaches west of Faro are a succession of sweeping bays and small coves flanked by wonderful rock formations at their most impressive around Lagos. Algarve holidays should include visits to the different areas of the region as the landscape changes from west to east. There are many good areas abundant with cliffs that offer great views of the Atlantic.

Algarve golf courses attract golfers like a magnet. For those who golf regularly, golfing in an exotic location can be a great experience offering a different challenges and a unique backdrop. Encompassing natural shape of the area for the unique design, Castro Marim is in Faro and the most private Algarve golf course in the south. It is 375 meters downhill and may not appear as challenging as it really is. This course is an 18-hole par 72.that is more than 5400 meters in length.

If you"re staying in Lagos, the western region, try Palmares which is know for its stunning scenery. The course is set near the Lagos marina and comprised of gentle slopes and groves of fig and almond trees line the upper holes. This 18-hole Algarve golf course is a par 71 and almost 6,000 meters in length. Green fees here start at 50 Euros. Most courses offer a discount price if playing after 4:00pm. If youíre an avid golfer donít miss a chance to play at one of the many fantastic courses offered in the Algarve.

Faro - History

Faro is the administrative centre for the whole of the Algarve region with a population in excess of 40.000 people. The city has both Arab and Roman ruins but most of the present attractive older buildings were constructed after the disastrous earthquake of 1755 and the earlier one of 1532. The Moors who occupied the place in the 8th Century originally gave to it the name ofOssónoba and developed it into a trading port until 1249 when they were defeated by the forces of Dom Afonso III. With the decline of the importance of the City of Silves this town took over the role of administration of the Algarve area. The Earl of Essex sacked this town in 1596 with his fellow crusaders on their journey to the Holy Land and the collection of books taken from the palace of the Bishop of Faro became part of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. Another interesting item is that during the 500 years ofMoorish occupation there were some Jewish inhabitants in Faro who were busily printing copies of the Old Testament.

Faro - Description
Particularly attractive is the old part of the city surrounded still by the Roman walls. Inside a spacious open square that once was the site of the Roman Forum is a 13th Century Cathedral that faces the 18th Century Episcopal palace. An interesting building is the neighbouring 16th Century Convent that is now turned into the home of the cityís archaeological museum. Within it is a section devoted to the Arab occupation. The "golden" church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo is claimed to be the best example of gold-leaf woodwork in southern Portugal. It is also contains the macabre spectacle of a chapel lined with the bones from over 1.200 monks! Next to the small boat basin bordering the Praça de Dom Francisco Gomes is a small Naval Museum composed of scale model boats and galleons showing the maritime history of the coast. Much of the city is now composed of apartments and there are many attractive shops and a particularly artistic theatre. Faro is also the home of the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 17.000 hectares and a stopping place for hundreds of different birds during the spring and autumn migratory periods. The beach is almost 7 kms distant from the city and is a long sandy spit reached by crossing a bridge not far from the International Airport. The municipal council has an active cultural department organizing various events during the year.

Faro - Nearby Locations
Near to Faro is the smaller town of Almancil and nearby can be found the church of São Lourenço de Matos renowned for its 18th Century blue tiles. At the inland village of Estói there are some notable roman ruins of Milreudepicting a home that enjoyed more comforts than some of the newly built villas in todayís world. The well-known developments of Quinta do Lago andVale de Lobo, both five star holiday areas are located west of Faro. Together they provide 10 top quality golf courses, tennis centres, riding schools, hotels, holiday resorts and villas.

Faro Events
March - Traditional Burial Procession
June - Feira de Arte e Artenasanato (Art & Handicrafts)
July- Concentração Internacional de Motos (Motorbikes)
October - Feira de Santa Iria

Faro Map
Faro Town Map  São Brás de Alportel Map

Faro Distances
Distances between each Tourist Town in Kms (Click Here)
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Useful Faro Telephone Numbers & Internet Access
Town Hall - 289 822 942 / 804 991
Fire Brigade - 289 802 902 / 822 122 / 803 630
Police - 289 822 022
Transit Police - 289 803 700
Hospital - 289 803 411
Emergency Treatment - 289 823 680
Ambulance - 289 822 122
Tourist Office - 289 803 604
Tourist Office (Faro Airport) - 289 818 582

Useful Faro Facts
Distance from Faro Airport - 6 Kms
Distance from Lisbon - 297 Kms
Distance from Porto - 609 Kms
Town Holidays - 24th June
Postal Code - 8000

Faro Beaches
Praia da Barreta
Praia do Farol-Mar
Praia da Ilha de Faro

Faro Accommodation
Faro Hotels
Faro Inns
Faro Pousadas

Faro Golf Courses

Faro Property
Faro Estate Agents

Faro Restaurants
Selected List in Faro Area

Faro Vehicle Hire
Faro Rent a Car

Algarve Towns
Albufeira  Almancil  Alvôr  Armaçãode Pêra  Carvoeiro  Lagoa  Lagos Loulé  Monchique  Olhão  Portimão 
Quarteira  Sagres  Silves  Tavira Vilamoura  Vila Real de Santo António



Exact Conference Place:
The conference will be in Building 9 of the Faculty of Economics.

Map of the Campus de Gambelas where the event will take place

The University will provide a shuttle-service free for everybody
The Lectures will take place in the University of Algarve:

Your Accomodation + Banquet will be held in HOTEL EVA in Faro

The University Campus and the Hotel will be connected by 3 buses during the conferences.

Please, do not book your room directly via
http://www.hotelclub.com/Eva-Hotel-Faro  or via any other web service, because the conference has special rates for the conference attendees


How to get there

From Lisbon by train or by car.
a) By Train
Faro has a train station and you can get here either from taking a train from Lisbon or from the Spanish border.
By highway or motorway
This is the most common way to get to Faro. If you are coming from Spain, you should come through the south on the E-1, the highway that connects Seville with Huelva and with Portugal. Cross the Puente del Centenario. Then take the A-22 motorway to Faro.
There are also buses from the main Portuese and Spanish cities.

You can go from Lisbon to Faro by airplane also since Faro has airport (Lisbon-Faro: 30 minutes flight)



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