The city hall or municipal chamber of Faro is located in the center of Vila-Adentro. The construction of the building began in 1883 and lasted for many decades. In 1945 the main facade of the building was renovated under the responsibility of architect Jorge Oliveira. The facade of the building features the shield of Portugal and inside is the staircase leading to the main floor.
This ultra-modern building was built in 1997, and has a very contemporary look. It's white all over, with four floors housing the various departments of the local government. There are galleries for art exhibitions, which can be visited from 10:30 to 5 (closed on Sundays). You can also come here in search of information about places to visit, transportation, hotels, restaurants, taxis, public events, etc. Like all buildings in the area, their flowery hedges and trees contrast with the colour of the walls. The Town Hall itself is open from Monday to Saturday from 9-3. I also recommend visiting the Library and Archives of the City Council.
The Town Hall (or City Hall of Lagos) is in the pedestrianized historical center, in Plaza Gil Eannes. The building was built in 1798 (a time of reconstruction after the devastating earthquake), backed by a medieval cloth wall. However, the current look is not of that date as the building caught fire and was rebuilt in 1884. Since then it has undergone successive renovations to accommodate today's municipal offices (formerly the Town Hall was where today stands the Messe Militar). Inside is the tourist information office.
An annex to the Jesuit College in the central Republic Square, is the building which houses the offices of the Board of Freguesía of Portimao, responsible for managing the resources of the towns of Portimão, Rasmalho, Porto de Lagos, Ladeira do Vau, Belmonte, Donalda, Malheiro, Chão das Donas, Companheira and Bemposta. It's a result of the decentralization of City Council functions. It has a computer with internet access and a tourist information booth.