Faro has retained its peaceful ambience and traditional charm that is centred around the pretty walled Old Town.
It is situated on the edge of the Ria Formosa national park, a series of saltwater lagoons and mudflats that are a haven for migratory birds and wildlife. The city is very scenic, especially within the old walled town and area surrounding the marina.
Faro boasts more historic monuments and buildings than many other Algarve towns, while the pleasant shopping zone is lined with open-air cafes and designed for Portuguese shoppers. Forum Algarve is a classic shopping center catering to all tastes.
Faro makes a great central base from which to explore the Algarve, and all it has to offer. It has some of the best beaches in the Algarve, very tranquil and quieter than its neighbouring beaches, yet still with plenty of bars, restaurants, amenities and activities to choose from.