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Cozy Little Town, Gateway to Andalusia in Spain
Cacela is a little village in Vila Real de Santo António, but for me is the best thing in there, and one of the best in Algarve. It has little to see, but it is localized on a beautiful high site, and the landscape is everything one could ask for. At night, you can see the stars, Milky Way and when full moon its reflection on the sea.In summer...more
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...more
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.more
Housed in the old market building, the Centro Cultural António Aleixo is used for temporary exhibits and events. There is also a museum, Museu de Manuel Cabanas, where you can go to see the works of a local painter and wood engraver.Open: 10.00h to 13.00h and 15.00h to 19.00h (closed Saturdays and Sundays).more
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...more
Located on the northern side of the large town square, this simple looking church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Incarnation where the cornerstone was laid on 6th August 1774. The simple facade comprises two basic geometric forms: the square and, with regard to the pediment, the triangle. The interior has a single nave that has a triumphal arch...more
This 46m high circular lighthouse came into operation in January 1923 after many years of discussion about the method of construction, since it is located on sandy soil. The tower, circular, was 40 feet tall and rested on a foundation of reinforced concrete. The original light installed here was obtained by glowing oil vapour and had a range of 33...more
Avenida Dos Bombeiros Portugueses, Vila Real de Santo Antonio, 8900-209, Portugal
Good for: Business
The hotel is right on the main boulevard overlooking the riverfront with a view to Spain. They offer...more
Estrada Nacional 125, Vila Real de Santo Antonio, 8900-290, Portugal
Good for: Couples
Being an important fishing town, you will find a good choice of fresh seafood dishes such as grilled sardines, cockles and clams, baby cuttlefish and other types of fish in many of the small restaurants.
If you are looking for the usual fast food outlets, you will be definitely out of luck but there are plenty of local cafe's to tempt you.
Casino de Monte Gordo is open 4.00 pm - 3.00 am. The casino features 201 slots and sixteen table games.
I was only 13 when I was in Monte Gordo and not allowed to enter. Instead I played Bingo at our hotel every night. Did not win anything :-(
If you are driving from Lisbon you will strike toll booths. It will take around 3 hrs to drive from Lisbon to Vila Real de Santo Antonio in normal traffic – longer in summer because of stopping at the tolls. There is a route which does not involve tolls which is on the IC1. By Air - The nearest airport to Vila Real de Santo Antonio is at Faro....more
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Rainy season is between October and Mai, summer is mostly dry and sunny
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 18 – 21°C ( 64 - 70°F ); min: 8 - 11°C ( 47 - 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 25 – 28°C ( 77 - 82°F ); min: 16 - 18°C ( 60 - 64°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 19 – 26°C ( 66 - 78°F); min: 11 - 17°C ( 51 – 63°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 15 – 16°C ( 59 - 60°F); min: 7 - 9°C ( 45 - 49°F )
Watertemperature: in winter around 15°C ( 59°F ), in summer around 20°C ( 68°F) in average.
Located a few kilometres north of Vila Real de Santo António, overlooking the Rio Guadiana, which is the river that divides the Algarve from Spain, Castro Marim is a small town of a population of around 3,000 that is dominated by not one, but two fortresses. Castro Marim has, historically, been an important town because of its position near the...more
In a province dominate by the sea, this city is different - the proximity to Spain gives the river a stronger importance, allowing the city to turn its back to the sea. The bridge built near Castro Marim diverted most of the international traffic, but the river remains as the most important element to Vila Real de Santo António.more
You may notice that the streets are all perpendicular to each other in a grid system. Why? Well, the town was designed that way by the Marquês de Pombal who was keen to apply the latest concept of town planning after the sea had eroded all of the original settlements in the area at the beginning of the 17th century. The Royal charter founding the...more
Southwest of Vila Real de Santo Antonio is the resort of Monte Gordo. The town is located at the mouth of the Guadiana River, is the last in a long line of Algarvian resorts. Its beach is one of the finest on Portugal's southern coast. This beach has the highest average water temperature in Portugal.more