Faro, beauty in the Algarve

Faro (read here other news) is the southernmost city in continental Portugal and is capital of the region known as the Algarve.

The city is located to the Ria Formosa Lagoon which is a nature reserve which serves as a landing point for hundreds of species of birds annually. The city’s beach is around 7 kilometres away and is on a long spit.

Among the city’s main sites are the statue of King Afonso III, Faro’s marina, Faro Cathedral, the old Carmo church, square, and the Civil government building. There is a 30,000 seater sports stadium

Of the events staged in Faro there is the Faro International Motorcycle Rally and a student’s festival in September of each year.

Like much of Portugal, Faro has a Mediterranean climate and enjoys warm to hot summers and generally mild winter temperatures.

The marine life provides a good opportunity for scuba diving while the Old Town is a must-see. The Le Marquis is rated as the top restaurant in the small city with lovely continental cuisine.

Faro is served by the Faro International Airport with flights from other main European cities such as London and Paris. The city is served by many low budget airlines.


Salzburg, music’s birthplace


Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria set high in the Alps with an old town renowned for its baroque architecture. The city, which is also known as the birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997 and was also site of the famous movie musical “The Sound of Music”.

Salzburg boasts many churches and cathedrals in Romanesque and gothicstyles among them the Nonnberg in St. Peter’s Cemetery and the St. George’s Chapel. The city sits on the banks of a river and many of the sites which were used in the movie as well as Mozart’s old house are tourist attractions.

Other places to visit include the historic city centre with its narrow cobblestone streets, theHohensalzburg Castle which is one of the largest in EuropeSalzburg Cathedral, theResidenzgalerie art museum, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, and Hangar-7, a building owned by Red Bull which hosts a collection of historical planes, helicopters, and Formula Onerace cars.

Salzburg is served by an international airport as well as railways with connections from Munich,ViennaInnsbruck, and Zurich. Food is also important and there are a number of roadside pastries where one can buy Austrian delights such as Wiener schnitzel and apple strudel.