Cacela Velha, Castro Marim & Vila Real Sto Antonio Tour

Cacela Velha is still part of the unspoilt Algarve, Castro Marim is a very old Midieval City along the Silves and Vila Real De Sto Antonio a great shopping spot

For many years, commercial fishing has been the main source of commerce for Cacela Velha. In recent years, the village has seen additional revenue from being a tourist destination. Cacela Velha’s beachfront location and lack of modern over development has been attractive to many visitors, while the village’s fishing fleets have supplied the local seafood restaurants with oysters, clams, prawns and baby squid. Cacela Velha’s major cultural event is the annual Noites da Moura Encantada (in English: Nights of the Enchanted Moor (Woman), which provides evenings of music, street fairs and artisan exhibitions that pay tribute to the region’s Arab and Berber heritage. Other cultural events include Clássica em Cacela, a concert series at the Church of Cacela Velha and other historical locations which have featured presentations of medieval and contemporary classic music. In 2008, the village saw the opening of its first five-star hotel, the Quinta da Ria.

In the Roman era, Castro Marim was known as Aesuris. Every year at the end of August there is a Medieval Fair/Festival that reunites many people from across the world to perform, like medieval musicians, archers, swordsmen, dancers, troupes, etc. There are sellers too: blacksmiths, textile crafters (weaving), herbs sellers, etc.

Vila Real de Santo António was founded after the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, and largely expanded in 1774 using the same architectural and construction techniques employed in the reconstruction of Lisbon after the disaster.

The city is situated next to the Guadiana River. Before the construction of the Guadiana International Bridge (in its neighbouring upstream municipality of Castro Marim, it used to be the easiest access to Portugal from Andalusia (via ferry from the Spanish city of Auamonte across the river). Nevertheless, international movement of people and goods is still intense and much visible in the city.

Highlights:

  • Visit three beautiful old towns of the East Algrave
  • Cocela Velha | Castro Marim Villa Real Sto Antonio