Practical Info
Distributed over three campuses, UAlg offers a series of support mechanisms for students in different areas such as accommodation, food, mobility, health and well-being, essential aspects for a humanistic experience of the university and for the construction of a unique academic path. The University of Algarve currently has ample spaces, infrastructures and equipment that provide excellent conditions for study, work, research and socialization, to a population of around 8,000 students.
On the Gambelas Campus, located six kilometres from the city of Faro, you can find the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (FMCB), the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (FCHS), the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT), the Faculty of Economics (FE) and the School of Health Sciences (ESS). 


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Capital of the Algarve region, Faro is simultaneously close to the mountains and the sea. With an airport just minutes away, Faro also has pleasant cultural spaces such as the Figuras and Lethes Theatres, the Municipal Library and the Faro Film Club. Cafes, terraces, bars, shops and a network of urban public transport are other reasons why this city is worth visiting. In addition to its diverse built and religious heritage, Faro is a municipality with a natural setting par excellence, bringing together conditions for the practice of nautical and nature activities.


What to do in Faro
Faro is the capital of the Algarve region, and is a millenary city, filled with history. Oldtown, in the center of Faro, has historical buildings intertwined with newer ones.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in the region are the islands. You may visit them by boat, however one of them – Faro Island - is also accessible by car or bus.
The islands are places of excellence where you can take a pleasant walk in the natural surroundings of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. You may also enjoy boat trips, bicycle rides, trail walks and bird watching along the Ria.
The local gastronomy, based in the Ria Formosa’s shellfish, the white sand and warm water beaches that in some locations is only inhabited by migratory birds, are amongst the natural features to be discovered.
For more information on Faro, you can access the municipality webpage where you can access information on places to eat, drink and several hikes and tourist attractions in the city.


The site, from the municipality of Faro, has a list of the several options for lodging in Faro. Please note that some of those are in the inland region of Faro, making then far the congress venue.
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Faro’s International Airport id located just 7 km from Faro’s city center. It presently receives flights arriving from the main European tourist destinations, being the most important entrance for tourists in the region. For further information about Faro’s International Airport, flight schedules and airline companies.

By Car

Portugal has a good highway spread along the country. Faro is about 2 and a half hours from Lisbon by car, using the A2 highway and less than 1 hour from Andalusia, using the A22 highway. Reaching Algarve, you can use the A22 Highway (Via do Infante) and the EN125. Both roads cross the Algarve.

By Bus

Another option is to use the Buses that connect Faro to the rest of the country as well as Europe.
For further information about schedules and destinations, please click:

By train
If traveling from another point in Portugal, Faro has a train station thus becoming a good transportation option. The regional line is connected with the National Railway services and one can travel from Faro to Lisbon in 3 hours and from Faro to Oporto in 5 hours.
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The Municipality has a local bus network that guarantees connections between the various stops in Faro. There’s a line from central Faro and the airport and another from the central Faro and the congress Venue
In the airport and near there’s a few rent-a-car dealerships (check faro airport site for more information).
There’s also taxi, transfers and uber services available.
Depending on your interests, Algarve, as a touristic place, has a big and diverse offering.

Seven hanging valleys hike – One of the most scenic hikes in Algarve. In Carvoeiro, from Centeanes beach to the famous Marinha beach, this 6 km (12 km roundabout) is made alongside the coastline in the limestone clifftops. It crosses the top of Benagil cave and the Carvalho beach.

Caves visits – Seeing the coastline from a boat, canoe, or stand-up paddle board, is possible and almost in every city there are companies that provide the trip. An amazing experience. The inside of Benagil cave is only accessible by these means.

Camilo and Dona Ana beaches – located in Lagos, these tow beaches are famous, and have gained international prizes for best beach destination and one of most beautiful beaches in the world.

Lagos historic center – Lagos was a city very important for Portuguese maritime travel in the age of exploration. Lagos was an important port, and still has a fortress, and a lot of old buildings related to that time – the slave market, for instance, now reconverted as an art gallery.

Silves – The capital of Algarve for a long time, Silves is a medieval city that mixes Moorish and catholic inspirations. The large castle and church made with red rock can be visited.

Sagres Fortress – The fortress where several expeditions left and where sailors learned the art of the sea, during the age of exploration. The whole area is accessible to tourists.

Rocksalt mine – Located in Loulé, this mine can be visited. With a depth of 230 meters, and more than 40 km of galleries, the mine was very important in the past for the region.

Family oriented theme parks – Algarve has a lot of family-oriented theme parks, from aquatic parks to animal parks, among others.
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Useful telephone numbers

National emergency number: 112

Public health line: +351 808 24 24 24

Faro Tourism Office: +351 289 803 604

Police Tourism Station: +351 289 899 899

Train: +351 707 210 220

Faro Bus: +351 289 899 760

Taxi: +351 217 996 475

Faro Airport: +351 289 800 800

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