Enjoy the serenity of exploring places where time passes slowly and traditional customs survive
Cacela Velha is a very old village built on top of a cliff bordering the Ria Formosa. This is where the Natural Park begins which stretches as far as the Ancão peninsula to the west of Faro. With islands, salt-marshes and beaches, the Ria is a true paradise. We'll visit this tiny village perched on a cliff top looking out over the sea, surrounded by wonderful scenery, a jewel that has remained untouched over centuries. In the main square there is a cistern of mediaeval origin, which is the heart of the village. The fortress was built in 1794 and the Main Church has a Renaissance doorway and a fine collection of religious art. This is the place to see the best sunsets in the Algarve.
And then we get to Castro Marim, one of the oldest towns in the Algarve. The Fort of São Sebastião and the Castle of Castro Marim, each on its own hill, were defended by a system of walls. From their walls can be seen “lands of Spain and sands of Portugal” just like the cry of the look-out on board the caravels which is celebrated in a popular song.
But it forgot to mention the beauty of the marsh and the salt-pans, with the whiteness of Vila Real de Santo António and Ayamonte shining in the distance, between the waters of the Guadiana and the Atlantic.
Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!