The return of the fisherman during sunset at Ria Formosa in Faro, Algarve, Portugal.
The Ria Formosa lagoon attracted human occupants from the Palaeolithic age until the end of pre-history. During the Roman occupation, Ossonoba was an important town of this period and according to historians, the forerunner of present-day Faro. From the 3rd century onwards and during the Visigothic period, it was the site of an Episcopal see of the Christian church.
With the advent of Moorish rule in the 8th century, Ossonoba retained its status as the most important town in the southwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula. In the 9th century it became the capital of a short-lived princedom and was fortified with a ring of defensive walls. At this time, in the 10th century,the name Santa Maria began to be used instead of Ossonoba. Later the town was known as Faro (Pharaoh).