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Best things to do in Faro District

Castle
“A very impressive castle. One of the best preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal.”
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Museum
“Based on the early canning​ and fishing industry, a bit of Portimao's historic past as it was a major fishery​ icon.”
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Museum
“A Museum related with the Portuguese discoveries of the World. Can´t miss. Located at Lagos Marina.”
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History Museum
“A small museum on the cliff of the Old Town, overlooking Praia de Peneco and Praia dos Pescadores, the museum contains a mix of archaeological exhibits found in the Algarve: Roman, Visigothic and Moorish.”
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History Museum
“Lagos Museum: An essential visit to get to know some of the culture and history of Lagos (dating back 2,000 years BC) and enjoy the beauty of a religious monument from the 16th century. XVII / XVIII that was reconstructed later after the partial destruction of the great 1755 Earthquake. A small museum that shares its space with the Church of Saint Anthony, with its impressive Altar in Talha Dourada, decorated with tiles and wood.”
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Library
“Learn about the history Silves and the history of the Algarve region: The Rio Arade was long an important route into the interior for the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, who wanted the copper and iron action in the southwest of the country. With the Moorish invasion from the 8th century, the town gained prominence due to its strategic hilltop, riverside site. From the mid-11th to the mid-13th centuries, Shelb (or Xelb), as it was then known, rivalled Lisbon in prosperity and influence: according to the 12th-century Arab geographer Idrisi, it had a population of 30, 000, a port and shipyards, and ‘attractive buildings and well-furnished bazaars’.”
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Arts & Crafts Store
“Nice small restaurant and terrace rooftop bar. Typical food curated with new techniques and combinations. It is also one of the nicest places to get souvenirs (local and top portuguese brands).”
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Museum
“Our museum, located in a monastery and with some very nice histories to share”
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Museum
“From the Castle of Loulé are still some castle walls and a tower over. At the same time a visit at the archaeological museum is interesting (at the same place). Remains can be seen further in the Rua da Barbacã, Largo da Matriz and Rua Rainha D. Leonor. In the old town you may find Islamic and Turkish baths.”
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College Academic Building
“An interesting little museum for children, good on one of the rare rainy days in Lagos”
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Tourist Information Center
“In the District Assembly building (Praça da Liberdade). Has exhibits and paintings of the local region.”
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Museum
“This building in Praça do Infante Dom Henrique has a tragic history. It is widely believed to have been the first slave market in Europe. In 1444 Prince Henry the Navigator set up a trading post in Arguin Bay, an island off the coast of Mauritania in West Africa. From 1444 onwards the West African slave trade continued and within 10 years it is believed that around 800 slaves were transported along this route annually.”
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Historic Site
“Roman ruins. The Roman Villa of Milreu reveals a continued occupation from the first century until the eleventh century.”
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Dessert Shop
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“Take a look at our Old Town, with some amazing monuments, as well as the museum, restaurants and bars”
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Museum
“Every town has its own particular features - São Brás de Alportel notably in the production of cork and which now hosts a costume museum in what was once a cork producer's house. The exhibits are always worthy of a browse and the grounds are tranquil and equally full of interest, with galleries and a cafe, which are open during the week.”
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Vineyard
“Join the winning Combination of their Wines and Gastronomy. Wander through the Beautiful Sculpture Gardens. (9,5 kms) ”
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