Faro’s old town is not so old (it was burned down by English troops in 1596, later rebuilt, and then destroyed by the earthquake of 1755), but still beautiful and pedestrian-friendly. Next to the citadel’s ring-wall is the small harbour where the newer and livelier town stretches to the north and east. The gardens next to the harbour, Jardim Manuel Bivar, are a good point to start exploring. At the upper-end, the city’s main shopping area begins – a little network of pedestrian streets with all kind of shops, cafés and restaurants. North of here, you find some of Faro’s famous churches – for example, Igreja do Carmo – or going north-west via the Largo 25 de Abril roundabout, you arrive at the fresh produce market. Going straight to the west, you will eventually reach the slightly uphill Avenida 5 de Outubro, which ends in front of Faro’s magnificent Liceu (grammar school). Here you are rewarded with a broad vista of Faro, the wetlands of Ria Formosa and the sea.