After leaving our hotel and after spending all day in Faro, we stopped at this huge mall near the international airport. With an area of 45,000 m2 and designed by Broadway Malyan is the very best I've found so far in Europe in terms of architecture and variety of options for shopping. With a semi-openair section, another which is covered and an impressive car-park you can anything from a large commercial area like Jumbo to secluded Zara stores, C & A etc. Cortefiel. And more over if it's Christmas time you can see the great tree of lights they put on their outdoor esplanade. I'm not a lover of shopping but I loved this centre.
The Atrium Mall in Faro is in one of the most central pedestrian streets of the city. It is on three floors, with space for 30 shops, although as it has just recently opened, most spaces have not been filled yet. On the upper floors there is a cinema (currently with 3 working screens) and room for several restaurants.
This building was opened in 1887 and it was originally meant to be a Market Hall, with the aim of improving the sanitary conditions of the city and free up the old Constitution Square (Praça da República today) where the market took place under the arcades of the Municipal (City Hall). The final version of the project is the adaptation of Antonio Silva Meira, highlighting the design of facades which have a neoclassical style and the constructive solutions are mixed, combining stone masonry walls with an iron structure in support of hedges, which were the materials in use at the time of the industrial revolution. It was remodeled in 2000, turning it into a shopping center with all kinds of shops, especially food shops, and it also fulfills a cultural function. The interior has a Wi Fi area and in one of the places you can buy locally famous Flor de Sal. It can be found right next to the Puente Romano, so it is conviniently located for visitors.
Located on a street that is always full of tourists, tables and chairs from different bars, hotels, ice cream etc.., this shopping center is where you will find everything you need and more. Perfume, hair salons shoes of all types, bags, umbrellas, mats, houses photography, toys for children, cinema, fashion clothing, offices materials, bath products, places where they throw tarot cards, tattoos shops, hair braids or dreadlocks do, etc.. There is everything. Inside are also some places to have a drink or enjoy a good time but not without bustle, of course.