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Welcome to FARO
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Information about FARO Faro is a small provincial capital of the Algarve with a population of about 40,000 inhabitants. Its located on the southern tip of Portugal and serves as the gateway to the many resorts that dot the surrounding area. From a short distance of the harbour is the main modern shopping and dinning street of Rua de Santo Antonio. For night life, you will have to go to Rua do Prior and to Conselheiro Bivar for outdoor cafes and bars. The biggest attraction of the town is the beach of Praia de Farot, its possible to take a ferry there from the jetty beside the Old City, or 'Cidade Velha'. The old walled neighbourhood of Cidade Velha at the southern end of the harbour is where the town began as a Moorish settlement. Christians replaced the mosque with the S, or cathedral. The nearby Museo Arqueologico displays some impressive ancient Roman artefacts. Don't miss the bizarre secret in the back yard of the Igreja do Carmo church, near the central Post Office on Largo do Carmo: the Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, which is decorated with the remains of 1,200 monks. In order to find typical goods from Faro, go to the morning market on Largo de Sa Carneiro which is open from 6.30am till 1.30pm. The mid-13th Century small Cathedral in the centre of the Largo de S was probably built on the site of a Moorish mosque. The fine old buildings on the perimeter of the square include an 18th Century Episcopal palace and the current Town Hall. The statue in the square is of Bishop Francisco Gomes, who co-ordinated the rebuilding of Faro after it was destroyed by the great earthquake of 1755. You can visit three museums in Faro: the Lapidary Museum, the Ethnological Museum and the Maritime Museum which has lots of models, including Vasco da Gamas ship So Gabriel. Ria Formosa lagoon is 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.
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General Information
Capital: Lisboa
Area: 92,391km2
Population: 10.7 million (2008 estimate).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. 110 volts in some areas and 230 DC in parts of the south. Continental two-pin plugs are in use
IDD: +351
Emergency number: 115
Timezone: GMT (+1 Hr MAR-OCT)

Language: Portuguese. English is widely spoken

Government: Republic Parliamentary democracy

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant

Health: Tetanus

Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100: USD = 149.313 EUR GBP = 90.2312 EUR CHF = 151.032 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00

Alcohol Limit
Alcohol Limit: 0,5

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 90 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years (for car-hire 21 years)

Driving License
Driving License: International or national license.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Good Friday (variable), Apr 25 Liberty Day, May 1 Labour Day, Corpus Christi (variable), Jun 10 National Day and Camoes Day, Aug 15 Assumption, Oct 5 Republic Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 1 Independence Day, Dec 8 Immaculate Conception, Dec 24/25 Christmas Holidays

Climate: Maritime; temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south

A=Aver. Daily Temp. (C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900/1800/3G 2100

GPS: 38 46 N, 9 11 W

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Generally Mon-Fri: 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00. In December, Sat: 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00 . Shopping centres are usually open Mon-Sun: 10.00-24.00


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