Faro City and the University

Where to stay and transportation

About the city

Faro is the capital city of the Algarve, the southern region of Portugal. Is a modern touristic city with 80.000 inhabitants. Faro was conquered to the Arabs in 1357, so there are many vestiges from the Arabic culture in the city architecture. There are a commercial and also an historic city centers. As a touristic destination there are many types of accommodation available as well as restaurants and areas for night life. From Faro is possible to take boats to the islands, or buses to any location of the Algarve.

Faro is located at the margin of the Ria Formosa coastal lagoon, a saltmarsh ecosystem that extends for 60 km long and 6 km width. It is separated from the Atlantic ocean by sand dunes that are interrupted by few bars, allowing the ocean water to enter inside the lagoon, with the tides. The residence time is varies until 25 days, with an average of 12 days. The lagoon is a high productive system with a nursery role for several fish species. The salt marsh and the muddy sediment act as buffers for urban contamination that might enter the system.The “Faro beach” is on one of sand dunes, and can be accessed by car, crossing the lagoon by a connecting bridge to the mainland.

Transportation for arrival and departure to Faro

Faro can be assessed by plane, train from Lisbon (2,5-3 hours) (www.cp.pt) or by bus (3-4 hours) (https://eva-bus.com/index.php?lang=uk orhttp://www.rede-expressos.pt/Default.aspx) . The international airport is located 7 km from the city centre and can be assessed by bus or taxi. Taxi cost varies from 10-12 euros. Bus cost is 2,5 euros. Bus and train stations are at the centre of the city and most hotels are at walking distance.

Transportation between Faro an the University

The distance of the venue to the Faro city centre is 6 km – 15 min max by car. A taxi can be available for a cost of approximately 10 euros Taxi applications as UBER are also available. The campus is served by local bus from and to the city of Faro, at 15 min intervals. Bus stop inside the campus is less than 5 min walking distance from conference amphitheaters. Bus schedules between Faro and Gambelas can be assessed online at: https://proximo.pt/en/ - (look for lines 18 and 19)

Where to stay (Accommodation)

As a touristic city there is a large offer for accommodation from 4 stars hotels to Air BnB:https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNS2Kw0VEwEloik7DzO-lvc4uSShiw%3A1572352503376&ei=9zG4XY_BFo_mU5arkeAO&q=hotels+faro&oq=hotels+faro&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i203l10.67.10672..14442...5.0..4.786.5306.0j3j3j2j1j0j4......0....1..gws-wiz.....6..35i362i39j35i39j0i131j0j0i131i67j35i39i19j0i67j0i10.m_t-L90hdTw

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