The “Calçadinha” (small pavement) de São Brás de Alportel is located behind the main church and was once part of a road that integrated the important Roman road that left from “Ossonoba” (Faro) heading north, in the direction of “Pax Julia” (Beja). Nowadays all that's left are two pieces of the Roman Road which run for about 1.5km.
Located just to the east of the town’s main church, this building used to be the bishop’s palace. Built in the 17th/18th centuries for the bishops of Algarve as a place to escape the summer heat, this building underwent several modifications in the 19th and 20th centuries which have altered its structure. What remains of the original palace today is part of the main building and, almost opposite it, a baroque vaulted fountain with eight spouts.
Towards the end of the 19th century, a wealthy cork merchant built this impressive mansion when the town was undeveloped and populated by little more than half a dozen narrow lanes with modest homes. By the beginning of the 20th century the cork industry had prospered so much that S. Brás de Alportel was transformed into one of the biggest cork centres of the world, with about 60 plants processing cork. Not only does the museum focus on the cork industry with many rural exhibits such as traditional carts, tools, a video presentation (in Portuguese) on cork production plus information and photos but it also has an ethnographic area inside the house which exhibits Algarvian costumes, textiles and everyday objects as well as a recreated kitchen. Well worth visiting if you’re in town.
Open: 10am-1pm & 2-5pm Mon-Fri, 2-5pm weekends. Admission: €2
Paco dos Ferreiros, Sao Bras de Alportel, , Algarve, 8150-054, Portugal
The useful tourist information office is located right in the middle of town at the crossroads where the two main roads meet. Here they dish out leaflets, booklets and maps.
Largo S. Sebastião nº 23