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Faro Portugal

A Day in Faro

We spend a day exploring Faro in Portugal and find storks, heritage and nature, fish, fish and more fish.

Ria Formosa – a gem on the Algarve coast

Beyond the old walls of Faro the Ria Formosa lagoon stretched away into the distance, a labyrinth of channels and islands protected from the sea by a line of sandy islets.  I’ll confess before coming to Faro I had overlooked this fascinating, nature rich environment  (the lagoon stretches along the Algarve coast from Faro some 50km east, past the attractive town of Tavira).  Now I was beginning to see the possibilities – a boat ride looked a must; the information board we’d just passed had shown a cycle route skirting…

Fishy Portraits in Faro

Food markets are a great window on local tastes and rich source of subjects for a photographer. I particularly like fish stalls with their shimmering wares in other worldly shapes and colours. Stall holder are usually very proud of their produce and I find that if you show a genuine interest they are often very happy to explain and display the fish for you to photograph.  I always keep in mind that their main purpose is to serve their customers  and  step aside when a prospective buyer shows interest,  the…

Hotel Faro

On a brief visit to Faro we stayed in Hotel Faro overlooking the waterfront and the old walled city. Read the review of and see our photos of this modern, 4 star hotel.