Cacela Things to Do
I tried to find out why this name -"factory" - and... found nothing. From the castle of Cacela Velha, we may see in the dunes signs of abandoned big buildings.
Would it be an old factory? Well, the important is that this is a wide and warm beach, though you need to walk a lot in the sand dunes, or to ask a sailor to make the small crossing of Ria Formosa. This beautiful beach is also a hub to fishermen and nudists that use the empty and wide sandy beach.Related to:
- National/State Park
The tiny village of Cacela Velha is, as far as I know, the best preserved example of the old Algarve. Narrow streets, small white houses, wonderful location and sights, it is mandatory for a visit that will not take much time.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Beach is the main attraction in Algarve, and Cacela is no exception. Located in the easternmost end of Ria Formosa, it mixes lagoon with sea, with wide and long sand stripes.
Accessibility is not the best of this beach, and parking is also bad, but if you like large free areas, in a safe beach, this may be a good option.Related to:
- Budget Travel
O Finalmente: Decent place close to the beach
Discovered this nice restaurant just off the path that we were following along the Ria Formosa marshes, which ended on the edge of the "new" village of Cacela (the Cacela Velha or old Cacela is where the fort is). Set in a new building with a modern design both outside and inside, the restaurant serves a wide variety of seafood dishes and meat. We had pumpkin soup, and for the main course, chose to have a typical Portuguese fare in this area, which is white beans with razor clams (quite a big serving, we couldn't manage to finish it) which went with rice, and roasted partridge with chestnuts which went with fries. The dishes were done just right. The restaurant has a very good wine collection, and the red we chose (from Alentejo) was excellent. Service was good and efficient, and price was very reasonable. Including starters of bread and olives, and coffee afterwards, we only paid a little over 30 euros.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Cacela Warnings and Dangers
Ria Formosa ends near Cacela, and it is a wildlife's paradise. It is easy to visit, but, without a boat you must be careful with distances or you risk to get lost in the maze of sand stripes and islands.
By the fortress there's a plan that may help you to decide where to go and how.Related to:
- National/State Park