The region of Faro has been becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. It continues to be more popular as a tourist attraction in the summer, but more and more because of other values than only the beaches. Its picturesque historic center, the castle and the walls are obligatory visiting points. Faro is also very rich in terms of heritage, which can be proved with the Ermida da Nossa Senhora da Boa Esperança chapel, the Capuchos Convent, the Cathedral of Faro, the Igreja da Misericórdia or even the Villa Romana de Milreu. But it is still, as any city in the Algarve, highly sought after for its beaches and weather. Faro, Culatra, Farol and Deserta islands are examples of the most sought after. Summer is also the time when the streets fill up with animation, with artists from the whole world to act for tourists. One of the largest local festivities is the Festa da Ria Formosa, which takes place in late July or early August. The Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the richest treasure landscapes in the south of the country. These are about 60 miles with a great diversity of fauna and flora and with canals, marshes, salt marshes and five islets: Barreta, Culatra, Armona, Tavira and Cabanas. A boat trip on the Ria is one of the best ways to meet this natural heritage. The offer of places to sleep and eat is very varied. In the restaurants you can find the arroz de lingueirão (razor and rice stew) and for dessert the Dom-Rodrigos (sweets made of soft eggs, almonds and cinnamon) and other traditional delicacies. For those who want to know a little more of the local history, we recommend a visit to the Maritime Museum and to the Ethnographic Museum. The Centro de Ciência Viva do Algarve is one of the places to visit for anyone who wants to learn more about science and technology.

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