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Faro (Portuguese pronunciation:‚ [‹†fa‰¾u]) is a municipality, southernmost city and seat of the district of the same name, in the Algarveregion of southern Portugal.‚ With a population of 64,560 inhabitants in 2011 (with 50,000 inhabitants in the city proper), the municipality covers an area of approximately 202.57 square kilometres (78.21 square miles).‚ The municipality of Faro is divided into two distinct areas, the coastline, part of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa (Nature Park of Ria Forma) and the barrocal, characterized by hills and valleys, populated with typical Algarvan vegetation.