City Walls, Faro
The history of Faro's ancient city walls date back to the late Roman period when they were raised by the Moorish prince Ben Bekr. The walls were severly damaged during an attack in the 16th century and later had to be rebuilt.
They are home to two barbican towers and various arches. The medieval city fortification also includes a castle from the 17th century.
The city walls surround the oldest part of Faro, which is situated near the sea.
Surrounding the Old Town of Faro, the city walls date back to the late Roman period although most of the walls date from the 9th century when the city was under Moorish control. The Moors were defeated by the forces of the Portuguese King Afonso III in 1249 and the walls were re-strengthened. The walls are best viewed from outside the old town on the southern and eastern sides as there's a thin strip of green grass and trees that separate the walls from the large car park.
As mentioned in the previous tip, Faro's Old Town is entered and exited by two magnificent arches. On entry the walls are not very visible, except when you turn to look back but at the other end, near the remains of the Castle, they have been restored, to quite an impressive level ( photo 2). Only parts of the original 9th century Roman fortifications remain but the restoration is quite tasteful and in places, the height and yellow blocks, reminded me of the walls of Jerusalem ( photo 3). The effect of the walls and the castle ruins peeking overhead is best observed from the water and can be seen quite clearly in Photo4. One of the most endearing things about Faro is the storks nesting on high buildings. On the Arco da Vila there are several nests and this is repeated on almost every tall building in the area. Not having a zoom lens with me, I have no good pics of the storks but if you click on Photo 5 , you will see a stork nesting on the rooftops.
There are only the remains of one of the Towers of the Castle Wall located at the Rua Joaquim Pedro Samora where the North Gateway or the Beach Gateway would be situated