It not common two forts side-by-side in the same city. It just happened that the old Moorish castle was not suitable for the war against Spain in 1640, and the king decided to build a new stronghold, named St. Sebastian fort because it was built replacing a shrine devoted to that saint.more
This castle is the result of many cultures and wars. Located in a privileged place to protect the river, the oldest identified wall comes from the 8Th century BC. Romans, developed it, and were followed by Vandals and Muslims, until the christian conquest in 1242. There are remains of all those people, but the earthquake of 1755 forced a large...more
Since 2009 that we may see atop a hill in Castro Marim a new building announced as the Interpretation Centre of the land. It is a structure dedicated to help those tourists that want to learn about the local toponimy. It is not a museum but a good sightseeing point with good information.We were there at night, and couldn't see it working, but only...more
This nature reserve covers an area of over 2,000 hectares of salt pans, salt marsh and creeks. There are trails to follow and have you can have a chance to see wildlife including some 150 species of birds (storks, avocets, flamingos, sand pipers) plus see how salt is produced in the evaporation pans as it has been for hundreds of years.more
This small church lies inside the castle walls and contains 17th century tombs and some remains of the earlier 14th century Church of São Iago (St. James) which was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Inside the church is a model of the castle and a very old looking wooden retable.more
The main castle in Castro Marim is located on a small hill right in the middle of the town. It originally dates from between the 10th and 13th centuries although early human occupation of the hill dates back to prehistory, to the late Bronze Age where Phoenician, Greek, Carthaginian (late 4th century BC) and Roman remains have been found. The Old...more
This is the town’s main church which is located directly to the south of the main castle and overlooks the town centre below. Known in English as the Church of Our Lady of Martyrs, it dates from the 18th century and has a picture of the Archangel Gabriel from the 15th century and an interesting dome.more
As you come from Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the main road, this is the first of the two forts you come to. It was constructed during the reign of D. João IV (1640-1656) during the Wars of Restoration of Independence between Portugal and Spain on the site of the Chapel of St Sebastian which was demolished to make way for the fort. The fort has a...more
The castle is originally was Arab but after improved at the 13-14th centuries and it was later on the 17th century when the castle got their first artillery.The castle was constructed on the top of the hill, a great situation just overlooking the Guadiana River.From here you can get great views of the river Guadiana and the Spanish frontier. Also...more
Another interesting site is this church, we only saw it from outside, wandering around the village looking for the entrance to the castle, and them from inside the castle. Also there is an old hermitage, now converted in main church.I am afraid in this one I am a little confused as I am not sure which one is the one next to the castle or at the...more
They call it "Medieval Days" but the heat during the day turns them into... "Medieval Nights". It's a nice idea, gathering thousands of visitors from Algarve or Spain.
The program in not exactly something new - and we saw that they, wisely, used a lot Obidos and Spanish experience - but it is a good alternative to cool after a day in the beach.
I think that it is a program to repeat each year by the end of August.
Surrounded by marshes, Castro Marim is the capital of Algarve for... mosquitoes. We were there at night, in pants, and suffered a ferocious attack, that forced us to run to the car.
The Guadiana International Bridge was built in 1991 by a consortium of Spanish and Portuguese over the river Guadiana that forms the border between the two countries. It is one of the longest bridges in Spain and the third longest bridge in Portugal after the Basque de Gama Bridge and 25th of April Bridge, both in Lisbon.more
From Tavira take the old road EN125 in direction to Villa Real de San Antonio (VRS to Antonio as you will find on the signs), you will pass through some little villages that may deserve your attention, we try always to look for the brown signs that indicate a tourist point ;-) Once we arrived to Vila Real we stopped for a photography of the other...more
If you want to come inside there is an entrance fee of one euro per person, but if you just want go up in the hill for a sight seeing its all free, it is very nice to see the view of the city from the top of the hill just near the entrance of the Castelo. I love the view from the top, some visitors ride a bicycle and brought it up.:) I went up and...more