The delightful historic centre (the Cidade Velha) of Faro is encircled by ancient city walls and contains a gothic cathedral, the Paço Episcopal palace and pretty cobbled streets. Outside of the city wall is a modern city centre, with pedestrianised shopping streets, scenic plazas and variety of restaurants and bars.
To the south of Faro is the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a series of saltwater lagoons and mudflats, which are a haven for migratory birds and wildlife. Along the seaward side of the Ria Formosa are three sandbar islands, and these are the location of Faro’s pristine beaches.
The Ria Formosa lagoon attracted humans from the Palaeolithic age, and remains of that long history of occupation and human activity can be found in the surroundings of Faro
How to get to Faro
Algarve is served by the Faro International Airport, located a few km from the city as well as from the University Campus. It is a small airport, served mostly by low cost airlines, flying from a diversity of cities in France, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Holland, Belgian, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Luxemburg, Russia and Canada.
Information on departures and arrivals, as well as airport services can be found here: https://www.aeroportofaro.pt/es/fao/home
Participants can also travel to Lisbon or Porto and take an inter-city train that takes approx. 3 hours.
Where to eat and sleep
Faro itself is home to a host of high quality and affordable restaurants and accommodation options and lies directly on the seaside. Public transport is available to take participants straight from downtown Faro to the conference venue at a reasonable price. Please keep in mind to book well in advance, as June is peak tourist season.
The Faro tourist Office is located in Faro’s oldtown. Tourist information is available also through: