Faro, Algarve, Portugal

The city of Faro, capital of the Algarve, is located in the extreme south of Portugal. The international airport is in this city and receives more and more tourists, some of which remain in the beach of Faro which is on an island while the rest are distributed in the various seaside resorts of the coast. There is a beautiful part of the city which is surrounded by Roman walls having a place that formerly was a Roman forum. There are many small restaurants, bars, cafes and theaters as well as apartments. There are not many ancient buildings or monuments as the city was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, however there are some Moorish and Roman ruins. To see: the Cathedral; the Church of Our Lady of Carmel, well known for bone collections of more than 1200 skeletons; the Archaeological Museum; the Ria Formosa Natural Park (10km from the city); among others.

Tips

If you like golf, you will find several courses all along the way to Albufeira.

If you are in the city between June and September, enjoy visiting the island of Barreta, one of the barrier islands of Ria Formosa Park, which is accessible by boat only (20 minutes from Faro). You could admire several species of birds and practice sailing or windsurfing. There are no buildings there except what is strictly necessary for the activity of the beach.

If you are with your family, the most popular beach to go with children is on Tavira Island. You could go by ferry only; there are two lines leaving from Tavira but only one from the city center, offers regular service. You will find 7 km of fine sand with several restaurants and cafes around and also a campsite. Unfortunately, the water is cold even in summer.

Francavilla in Sinni, Potenza, Basilicata

Francavilla in Sinni or Francavilla sul Sinni is an Italian commune in the province of Potenza, Basilicata. It is at 421 m, in the southern part of the province. The area, enclosed between the rivers Sinni and Frida alternates mountainous areas (Caramola), and areas of hills and mountains, forests of beech, oak and fir trees. We also find three small lakes: Lake Viceconte, Fish Lake and Lake Erba. In the region Piano Lacco there are remnants of fortified structures that possibly date back to the Middle Ages. On the hill of Mount Catarozzo are the remains of the medieval Rubbio Castel. Nearby are the possible destinations for excursions and walks: the Rifugio Acquafredda, the source Catusa, the field of House of Count, scenic spots of Pietra Sasso from Palladoro and heights of Mount Catarozzolo and Timpa Altosana. Part of the land is included in the Pollino National Park. To see: the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Pompei (XIX), the Certosa of Saint Nicolas, dedicated to the saint of Bari, the chapels of St. Anthony, St. Joseph and the Assumption, and the parish church of San Felice and San Polycarp, dedicated to the patron saints of the country, among others. The main Francavilla in Sinni soccer team is the Football Club Francavilla. We also find the stadium Nunzio Fittipaldi, for soccer and also for other activities.

Tips

If you like traditional festivals of the country, visit Francavilla on December, 8th, where it is celebrated the wine festival, called Madonna di Pertusavutte, during which you bleed the barrels and you taste the new wine.
Gonfalone Square offers panoramic views of the Sinni River valley. A nice place to enjoy and take pictures.

Antonio Grimaldi’s photos