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The gardens next to the harbour, Jardim Manuel Bivar, are a good point to start exploring. At the end of the gardens is the city’s main shopping area – a small network of pedestrian streets with all kinds of shops, cafés, and restaurants. North of the shopping you will find some of Faro’s famous churches, such as Igreja do Carmo.
On the west side, you will come across the hilly Avenida 5 de Outubro. At the end of the avenue, you will be rewarded with a broad vista of Faro, the wetlands of Ria Formosa, and the sea.