Faro Marina is located next to the Arco da Vila (The Town Arch)

Faro Marina is located next to the Arco da Vila (The Town Arch)

Jardim Manuel Bivaris is directly opposite of the Town Arch

Jardim Manuel Bivaris is directly opposite of the Town Arch

Arco da Vila  is situated on Rua da Misericórdia and this arch is one of the Old Town’s entrances

Arco da Vila is situated on Rua da Misericórdia and this arch is one of the Old Town’s entrances

Facade of the Town Arch - this arch was Commissioned by the Algarve’s Bishop, D. Francisco Gomes do Avelar and it was inaugurated in 1812

Facade of the Town Arch - this arch was Commissioned by the Algarve’s Bishop, D. Francisco Gomes do Avelar and it was inaugurated in 1812

A sign on one of the internal walls of the arch refers to the construction of this structure

A sign on one of the internal walls of the arch refers to the construction of this structure

Another arch is built inside the walls of the Arco da Vila but it was covered with a plastic sheet

Another arch is built inside the walls of the Arco da Vila but it was covered with a plastic sheet

Ceiling of the Arco da Vila

Ceiling of the Arco da Vila

Jardim Manuel Bivaris is seen here through the Town Arch

Jardim Manuel Bivaris is seen here through the Town Arch

At the other end of the arch lies Rua do Municipio

At the other end of the arch lies Rua do Municipio

Arco da Vila (Town Arch) see from the side of Old Town

Arco da Vila (Town Arch) see from the side of Old Town

From Arco da Vila, the Old Town stretches out in front of its visitors

From Arco da Vila, the Old Town stretches out in front of its visitors

Largo da Se (Cathedral Square), the orange tree-lined square that is home to the nineteenth-century Town Hall, 18th century Bishop’s Palace and the famous Faro Cathedral

Largo da Se (Cathedral Square), the orange tree-lined square that is home to the nineteenth-century Town Hall, 18th century Bishop’s Palace and the famous Faro Cathedral

A peaceful Square of the Cathedral where a statue of Bishop Francisco Gomes (1739 - 1816) sits next to the church

A peaceful Square of the Cathedral where a statue of Bishop Francisco Gomes (1739 - 1816) sits next to the church

Behind these houses to the right, lies the Ria Formosa Natural Park with its turquoise lagoon

Behind these houses to the right, lies the Ria Formosa Natural Park with its turquoise lagoon

An aeroplane flies above the Old Town of Faro

An aeroplane flies above the Old Town of Faro

An open window of a restaurant or a cafe with its curtain dancing in the wind

An open window of a restaurant or a cafe with its curtain dancing in the wind

A beautiful street of Faro's Old Town

A beautiful street of Faro's Old Town

The Muslims ruled this city for nearly 500 years and it was called Uhsunubia by the Arabs

The Muslims ruled this city for nearly 500 years and it was called Uhsunubia by the Arabs

In 1249, Afonso III (statue shown here in this photo) took this city from the Muslims

In 1249, Afonso III (statue shown here in this photo) took this city from the Muslims

The Old Town of Faro is small, quiet and wonderfully atmospheric - Faro was the last Muslim town in Portugal which fell in the Christian hands

The Old Town of Faro is small, quiet and wonderfully atmospheric - Faro was the last Muslim town in Portugal which fell in the Christian hands

A photo is created by using the colourful azulejo tiles on a wall

A photo is created by using the colourful azulejo tiles on a wall

Arco de Repouso (Gate of Rest) is located at the Rua do Repouso

Arco de Repouso (Gate of Rest) is located at the Rua do Repouso

It is said that Afonso III, after taking Faro from the Moors, put his feet up and heard Mass nearby

It is said that Afonso III, after taking Faro from the Moors, put his feet up and heard Mass nearby

During the Muslim times, this arch was one of the gates to the castle

During the Muslim times, this arch was one of the gates to the castle

The construction of this arch dates back to the Almohad Dynasty

The construction of this arch dates back to the Almohad Dynasty

In the 13th, this entry was reinforced by Arab albarrã with two towers with two side entrances, in order to facilitate the defense of the city and make it difficult the enemy access

In the 13th, this entry was reinforced by Arab albarrã with two towers with two side entrances, in order to facilitate the defense of the city and make it difficult the enemy access

A plaque on one of the walls of the arch refers to 700 years had passed since the town was taken from the Muslims

A plaque on one of the walls of the arch refers to 700 years had passed since the town was taken from the Muslims

Sky seen through the square made by the defensive walls of the arch

Sky seen through the square made by the defensive walls of the arch

In the 18th century, a chapel was built to house the statue of Our Lady of Rest

In the 18th century, a chapel was built to house the statue of Our Lady of Rest

A closer look at the material used in the construction of the arch

A closer look at the material used in the construction of the arch

A sign on one of the internal walls of the arch shows a brief history of the structure

A sign on one of the internal walls of the arch shows a brief history of the structure

Here, Afonso III is shown in 1269 granting a charter to the Muslim population

Here, Afonso III is shown in 1269 granting a charter to the Muslim population

A closer look at the event depicted on tiles beside the City Walls of Faro

A closer look at the event depicted on tiles beside the City Walls of Faro

This could be the charter provided to the Muslims by Afonso III, I was unable to confirm this

This could be the charter provided to the Muslims by Afonso III, I was unable to confirm this

On Largo de São Francisco lies the old city wall of Faro and it is believd that some of the towers date back to the Byzantine period

On Largo de São Francisco lies the old city wall of Faro and it is believd that some of the towers date back to the Byzantine period

To the outer side of the city walls is Mouraria, this is where Muslims (Moors) settled after the Christian reconquest

To the outer side of the city walls is Mouraria, this is where Muslims (Moors) settled after the Christian reconquest

Open-air workout machine beside the city walls

Open-air workout machine beside the city walls

Looking back at the city walls - in 1596 Faro suffered an attack from the English forces and much of the city's defense was destroyed

Looking back at the city walls - in 1596 Faro suffered an attack from the English forces and much of the city's defense was destroyed

The city was plundered and set on fire and it caused a mssive damage to the historical sites of the town

The city was plundered and set on fire and it caused a mssive damage to the historical sites of the town

A monument next to the city walls is built to commemorate the fallen soldiers in the Wars of Portuguese Mozambique and Angola

A monument next to the city walls is built to commemorate the fallen soldiers in the Wars of Portuguese Mozambique and Angola

An old car parked with the Faro's City Walls in the background

An old car parked with the Faro's City Walls in the background

In the 19th century, the Castle of Faro was leased to a company that converted it in a alcohol factory, seen above the city walls

In the 19th century, the Castle of Faro was leased to a company that converted it in a alcohol factory, seen above the city walls

Here city walls are punctured to build a road called Rue do Castelo ( Castle Road)

Here city walls are punctured to build a road called Rue do Castelo ( Castle Road)

Train tracks are laid between the city walls and the Ria Formosa Natural Park

Train tracks are laid between the city walls and the Ria Formosa Natural Park

Here parts of the city walls are in neglected state

Here parts of the city walls are in neglected state

To make matter even worse, graffiti is covering the walls here

To make matter even worse, graffiti is covering the walls here

Faro is still a sleepy town in the day but it comes to life at night

Faro is still a sleepy town in the day but it comes to life at night

It is popular destination for the sun-seekers and hence the Portuguese government is trying to make it more attractive city

It is popular destination for the sun-seekers and hence the Portuguese government is trying to make it more attractive city

Outer side of the Arco da Porta Nova, it is also called the Portas do Mar (Doors of the Sea)

Outer side of the Arco da Porta Nova, it is also called the Portas do Mar (Doors of the Sea)

Rua da Porta Nov leads to the Faro Cathedral in Largo da Se

Rua da Porta Nov leads to the Faro Cathedral in Largo da Se

Myself standing in front of the Arco da Porta Nova, this door is also known as Cais das Portas do Sol

Myself standing in front of the Arco da Porta Nova, this door is also known as Cais das Portas do Sol

Faro City Walls seen from the the Ria Formosa with the remains of the castle (now factory) rising above it

Faro City Walls seen from the the Ria Formosa with the remains of the castle (now factory) rising above it