Holiday Apartment with internet in Faro
- english, spanish, portuguese
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Check-in: between 15h00 and 20h00. Check in after 20h00 has an additional charge of €20, payable in cash upon check-in. Check out: Until 10h00
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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Faro’s old town consists of three distinct areas - Vila-Adentro, Mouraria and Bairro Ribeirinho - each of which marks a separate stage in the city’s development from the Christian reconquest to the town plan that ultimately took shape in the 17th and 18th centuries.
A visit to Vila Adentro is not complete without a walk through the streets that huddle in the shade of the city walls, among the whitewashed houses, the arches that link the buildings and the fine homes of the Cortes and Sarria families, of Captain Manuel de Oliveira and José Maria Assis.
The Manuel Bivar Gardens are the site of the Praça da Rainha (Queen’s Square), created at the end of the 15th century, and an elegant bandstand dating from the end of the 19th century: they are like a cool reception room for visitors to the city. After seeing the gardens it is time to wander around the Mouraria, the old Moorish quarter, which contains a variety of buildings charting the different stages in Faro’s history. These include the many houses whose façades are ennobled by carved stonework, French windows and impressive cornerstones and which have the pyramidal “tesoura” roofs typical of the architecture of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, as well as buildings born of the revivalist fashions of the beginning of this century: the Palácio Belmarço, commissioned by a wealthy merchant, and the Banco de Portugalbuilding, executed in the neo-Manueline style with an distinctly Moorish-looking doorway. The tour ends at the Cafe Aliança, the oldest café in Faro and a place of strong cultural traditions, which stands right beside the garden that was our starting point.
A tour of the Bairro Ribeirinho must include a walk around the narrow streets where façades with decorative stonework can be seen here and there, as well as the pyramidal “tesoura” roofs. Of particular interest are: the Palácio dos Bívar, the finest neoclassical building in the Algarve (early 19th century), with its ornate main doorway and long row of French windows; the 18th century Solar do Capitão-Mor, a fine example of Faro’s Baroque architecture; the Casa dos Lamprier, which was home to an English family in the 18th century and whose windows boast fine mouldings; and the Casa dos Azulejos, built in 1926, which has an extensive pediment decorated with mortar work reliefs in the Algarvean style
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