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    The Old Customs Office

    by keeweechic Written Sep 17, 2008

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    On the river’s edge on Avenida da Republica is the building which was once used for customs control. Today you can buy your ferry tickets there for crossing the river to Ayamonte in Spain or for the various river tours.

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    The Town

    by keeweechic Written Sep 17, 2008

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    Walking around the town, life is slow paced and quiet. Locals sit around chatting or quietly go about their business or shopping. The passing tourist is not hassled or bothered except maybe just a little down on the riverfront.

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    Rua Teofilo Braga

    by keeweechic Written Sep 17, 2008

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    One of the main thoroughfares, pedestrian fare which runs from the seafront, past the main square. You will also find the Manuel Cabanas Museum in this strip.

    Stores sell anything from kitchen utensils and appliances to linen and groceries.

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    Cultural Centre

    by keeweechic Written Sep 17, 2008

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    The Centro Cultural António Aleixo is housed in the old fish market. The centre was established in the memory of the Anthonio Alexio who was one of the recognised poets of the Algarve. The centre exhibits art works both in paintings, photos and sculpture, along with film. Within the building is also the Museu de Manuel Cabanas.

    Open Mon-Fri 10.00am – 1.00pm and 3.00pm – 7.00pm is free. There are displays and exhibits inside.

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    Avenida da República

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    Avenida da Republica is the long boulevard that runs around the river front following the river. Lined with palm trees, there are some lovely buildings and residences along this cobbled stoned strip. There are also clothing and souvenir stores and café’s.

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    The Guadiana River

    by keeweechic Written Sep 17, 2008

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    The Guadiana River is one of the longest in Iberian and runs for approximately 778kms (483 miles). If you are travelling by boat, it can be navigated for around 20 miles and is reasonably deep up to Alcoutim. The currents in the river can also be very strong.

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    Beautiful Windows

    by keeweechic Written Sep 18, 2008

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    The church is well known for its beautiful stained glass windows – six in total around the chapel and altar. These were installed when the church was renovated in 1949. They were designed by Joaquim Rebocho, an Algarvean.

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    Architecture

    by solopes Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    Built according to the plans to recover Lisbon after the earthquake, this city is a good example of smart architecture.

    It's central square and surrounding streets are nice to stroll, with a reasonable commercial use (mainly oriented to Spanish visitors)

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    Church

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012

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    One of the most relevant buildings around the beautiful main square, is the church of "Nossa senhora da Encarnação".

    Built with the city in the 18th century, by Marquês de Pombal the church suffered several fires that changed it a lot, though a few panels have been saved.

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    Cultural Centre

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    A military building to house the troops that protected the border, became later a market. With the construction of the new market, thirty years ago, the building was adapted to work as a cultural center, receiving the name of Antonio Aleixo, a popular poet, and being used since then by the municipality for all kind of events.

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    Marquês de Pombal Square

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 11, 2010

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    Vila Real has a large town square, 'Praça Marquês de Pombal', which is edged with orange trees and populated with low white buildings, shops, cafes and restaurants. In the centre of the square is an obelisk, a monument to King Jose I, unveiled in 1775.

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    Riverside promenade

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 11, 2010

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    Vila Real de Santo Antonio has a lovely kilometre long riverside promenade which is attractively laid out with trees and water features and there is also a marina where you can watch the boats. Part of the Avenida da Republica runs along the front of the town, adjacent to the Rio Guadiana, and is partly cordoned off to traffic in the main central area of town, meaning that it's very serene and peaceful.

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    Cacela Velha - Praia

    by Ines_ Written Mar 15, 2012

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    The factory beach or "Praia da Fábrica", is one of the most beautiful and worth seeing beaches in Portugal. It's localized between Ria Formosa and the sea. When the tide is low you can get the by walking (the soil is quite messy because it is almost mud, but it's really fun to walk in, just be careful) and when the tide is high it forms a peninsula so you have to get there by boat.

    What makes it so special is the place where this beach is, you won't see big buildings or roads or hear any noise (maybe in high season you will).

    To get there I think there is no other way than taking a car.

    WINTER:
    Not sure if there are boats on low season but just check the tide, and go by foot. And just make sure you don't get stuck there, or you'll have to wait for the next low tide.

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    Marquês de Pombal Square

    by keeweechic Written Sep 17, 2008

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    In the middle of the town is the Praca Marques de Pombal. In the centre of the square is an obelisk which was put there in 1775 and is a monument to Jose I. Surrounding the square are lovely 18th century houses. There is also the townhall a church and an ex guardhouse.

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    A New Town in 5 Months

    by keeweechic Written Sep 17, 2008

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    The Marques de Pombal was soley responsible redesigning the town after a flood annihilated everything. He designed the town on a grid-like design and managed to achieve all this rebuilding in only 5 months. He was considered the greatest civil engineer Portugal ever had.

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