In Faro, at the end of August, you can visit one of the largest showcases of Portuguese music and Lusophony, the Festival F.
Gathering representatives from every quarter, Festival F is more and more touted as a festival of arts and culture, while keeping Portuguese-language music as its principal vector.
Throughout its three editions Festival F has boosted Faro as a top location for holding a music festival, promoting heritage by choosing the historic area of Vila Adentro, and culture by offering an exceptionally dynamic and comprehensive cultural bill of fare.
Emerging music at national and regional level, the excellence of the space, good food and the charm of designer craft work are the main ingredients that the F can offer its audience.
Festival F, an initiative of the Municipality of Faro, the Teatro Municipal de Faro, S.M., Ambifaro and produced by Sons em Trânsito, is recognised by Europe Festivals Association, which, after an evaluation process, distinguished the Festival F with the EFFE label, Europe is Festivals, Festivals for Europe, for two consecutive years, in 2016 and 2017. It was also voted Escolha do Consumidor [Consumer Choice] in these two years.
The festival takes place in the historic area of Faro, better known as the "inland village". The city, because of its strategic position, was an important commercial center for Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors, which can be proven by the vestiges found In the Infante D. Henrique Archaeological Museum and in the Ruins of Milreu. From the passage of the Arabs was the origin of the name and the Arabian Gate, integrated in the Arco da Vila.
It is worth to stroll through the city and discover the details of the churches and the main monuments, some built during the century. XVI, showing the importance that the city had during the Discoveries, and others during the century. XIX, when an influential community of Jews settled down. To rest during the course, nothing like enjoying the various terraces along the ria.
By sea and sea is a city with a particular environment and characteristics very own in terms of landscape. As it is in front of the Ria Formosa, there is a natural attraction to discover this protected area constituted by a lagoon system of marsh, canals and islets. When passing the long sandy cordon that separates the estuary of the sea, you can find the beaches of the Faro Islands, the Lighthouse, Culatra and Deserta, always quiet and with plenty of room to spread the towel.
√ Climb the bell tower of the Cathedral and enjoy the view over the city and the river
√ Climb to the lighthouse of Cabo de Santa Maria, the southernmost point of mainland Portugal
√ Seeing the sunset in the Faro Islands or the Culatra
√ Take a boat trip in the Ria Formosa
√ Spend a day at the beach of Deserta Island
√ To taste the oysters and the cataplanas of fish and shellfish