April 11, 2012

Faro Maritime Museum (Museu Maritimo)

The Maritime Museum (Museu Maritimo) in Faro is located on the marina (Doca de Recreio) close to Faro Railway Station, the Adega Nova Faro restaurant and the starting point for the Comboio Turistico.

Faro Maritime Museum (Museu Maritimo).


The Maritime Museum shows the importance of the sea to the region of the Algarve with displays of model ships, including the boats that took part in Portugal's "Age of the Discoveries," nautical instruments, fishing tackle, sea shells, naval knots, and marine life.

Faro Maritime Museum (Museu Maritimo).


Rua Comunidade Lusiada
8000-168 Faro
Tel: 289 894 990

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April 7, 2012

Storks in Faro

One of the features of rooftops in Faro on the Algarve is the number of storks that have made their nests up there.

Visitors can see the large and unruly nests high up in the belfries of Faro's churches and even on communications masts. The birds make a distinctive sound with their bills during the day but go quiet at night.

Storks in Faro.


In fact, the large white storks (cegonha) can be seen all over the Algarve region of southern Portugal helped by the preservation of the natural environment in the Salt Marsh Natural Reserve in Castro Marim and the Rio Formosa, which runs from Faro eastwards to the islands off Tavira.

Storks in Faro.

White storks are large carnivores that can weigh up to 4-4.5 kilos. Their diet is taken from the ground and consists of amphibians, insects, fish, reptiles, small mammals, and even small birds. Storks migrate south to Africa from their European breeding grounds in summer a journey that can take well over a month.

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April 4, 2012

Getting From Faro to Sevilla By Bus

It is not possible to go directly by train from Faro in the Algarve in Portugal to Sevilla in Spain along the southern coast route.

There are direct buses, however, that leave Faro Bus Station close to Faro Railway Station via Olhao, Tavira, Vila Real Santo Antonio on the Spanish border, then to Ayamonte, Huelva and then Sevilla Bus Station in Plaza de Armas on the east side of the river.

Getting From Faro to Sevilla By Bus.


The buses, jointly operated by Eva and Damas leave Lagos at 6.30am, calling in Portimao 30 minutes later, Lagoa, Albufeira (after about one hour) and then Faro at 8.20am and 3.35pm taking about 3 hours and 20 minutes to reach Seville.

The Faro-Lagos bus may stop at the border for passport checks and just over the Spanish border for a 15 minute stop at a service station for refreshments and toilets.

Getting From Faro to Sevilla By Bus.