Arco da Vila
Igreja de Misericórdia
The 16th-century Igreja de Misericórdia, opposite the Arco da Vila, has a remarkable Manueline portico, the only remnant of an earlier...
Facing the cathedral is the 18th-century Paço Episcopal (no longer open to visitors), with a pointy roof and an exterior finished in...
Within medieval walls, the picturesque Cidade Velha consists of winding, peaceful cobbled streets and squares, reconstructed in a...
A popular central place for a relaxing drink or three.
Café do Coreto
Overlooking the marina and with pleasant outdoor seating area, this casual cafe is a popular place for afternoon tea or lighter bites...
Arco da Vila information
Lonely Planet review
Enter the Cidade Velha through the neoclassical Arco da Vila, built by order of Bishop Francisco Gomes, Faro's answer to the Marquês de Pombal, who oversaw the city's reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake. The top of the street opens onto the orange tree-lined Largo da Sé, with the câmara municipal (town hall) on the left, the Paço Episcopal (Bishop's Palace) on the right and the ancient sé (cathedral) in front of you.