I photographed this building as I was struck by its facade. Then I discovered that it was the Belmarco Palace, one of the most emblematic buildings of Faro, which houses official administrative offices. It's in the vicinity of the Walls, Plaza de San Francisco and the Castle, on the corner of San Francisco and José María Brandeiro streets. It has 2 floors, topped by a kind of tower and was built as the residence of a wealthy merchant (named Belmarco) in the early twentieth century. It has traces of art nouveau style and what catches your attention is the tower facade, wrought-iron balconies and decorative elements made of carved stone (such as head of a woman next to the access door).
The Episcopal Palace is in Plaza de la Catedral, joined to the Episcopal Seminary by one of the arches leading to the historical center, just next to City Hall. It's a fairly large building, which occupies an entire block, with a white facade. It was built in the sixteenth century for Bishop Alfonso de Castelo Branco and since it's still an episcopal residence it can not be visited inside.
This neoclassical palace was named after its former owners, the Sárrea Prado family, although it's now owned by the city and has been renovated to become the Theatre and Cultural Center of Portimão. It has 3 floors plus a basement, there are three different capacity auditoriums, an exhibition hall and a cafe-concert. It's the most remarkable building in Plaza December 1, and its back is opposite the Main Church.