Shopping, dining and nights out
The heart of Faro’s shopping district is Rua de Santo Antonio, which runs back from the marina through the city.
Here, you’ll find chic boutiques and shops that flow onto the surrounding streets. Everything is within easy walking distance, and among the shops selling fashion, perfume and cosmetics, wine and home furnishings, there are many open air cafes to stop off and refuel at.
After some shopping, you could grab lunch in one of Faro’s varied restaurants or park yourself on a bench in Manuel Bivar Gardens. Situated between the marina and the Arco da Vila arch it has pleasant terraces, palm trees and walkways to relax among.
And if a full day exploring hasn’t worn you out too much, make a night of it at one of the many bars concentrated around Rua do Prior. As Faro has a high student population, nights out here are young and fun, although as a city, there’s lots of choice for quiet drinks too.