This sleeping beauty lies adjacent to the lagoons of the Ria Formosa. The maze of narrow streets and alleys in the old town (Vila Adentro) takes one back to the Moorish occupation between 700 and 1200. The old town is a veritable oasis of tranquility. The rich houses with their quatro aguas roofs are plentiful, and the cathedral (Sé) towers above it all.
The old Moorish district, with its pedestrian streets and many shops, is adjacent to Vila Adentro.
In the distance lies Ilha de Faro (the beach of Faro), accessible by boat or by car via a small bridge. This island and beach is mainly frequented by the Portuguese. The slightly run-down cottages reflect the Portuguese saudade.
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