Fortaleza de Cacela

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Stichting S
6 contributions
At your own peril!
Feb 2021
I have been coming to Cacela Velha for nearly a year now. Each time, the light is different, the tide is different, the vegetation is different ... All I need to do to feel good is wander up and down the river beach, to Fabrica or Manta Rota, or wade across the shallows to the ocean. It is truly a magnificent place!

A word of warning! At the top of the stairs leading off the beach, there is a romantic looking house offering possibly the best view of all of the Algarve. Contact details for the owner are in the window. Don't make the mistake of renting it if you value a stress-free and pleasant stay in your accommodation. The owner, Claudia, is a horrible bully. Her mother lives across the street and reports on your every move, down to the washing drying on the line. The husband is a police man who checks out your visitors and their car registrations. They take no responsibility for the upkeep of the accommodation. Everything that goes wrong, or breaks, is your fault. In my case, for example, the bedroom door jammed shut. I ended up sleeping on the sofa covered only by a towel, horribly cold and uncomfortable. When I complained, I was told I shouldn't have shut the bedroom door ... During the month I stayed, I was granted maybe 10 days without a barrage of abuse.
Written March 10, 2021
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,976 contributions
Still shut
Feb 2020
Cacela Velha is so lovely and well worth a visit but it would be lovely if the fortress was open to visitors - it wasn't when we visited in February. Still very god for photos.
Written March 21, 2020
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Andy-S60
London, UK1,809 contributions
Go on... open it to visitors!!
Feb 2020 • Couples
Fabulous looking fortress ... from the outside. That’s because it is locked up and you can’t get inside to the presumably spectacular coastal views from over the old battlements. Such a great opportunity lost. It looks wonderful, tempting, and almost ‘wanderlustful’ enough to just risk it and climb over the walls to peek inside, but at the risk of getting shot, and my wife having to find her own way home to Blighty, I resisted. Go on Algarve tourism, open it to visitors!!
Written February 13, 2020
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Garden3
Sandy, UK479 contributions
Great to walk around
Aug 2018 • Family
Lovely place to visit for an hour or so. Spectacular views from the fort. Plenty of free parking but fills up quickly in the summer months due to people going to the beach.
Written October 20, 2018
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ted k
Bristol, CT51 contributions
Lovely town for beach and fun
Jul 2018 • Couples
What a quaint and exciting beach to visit. The walk to the shore is different and rewarding. Enjoy a drink and bite to eat when you walk off at the offerings in town, you will not be disappointed. The fort and church are lovely
Written July 23, 2018
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Jochen K
Buchs St. Gallen, Switzerland925 contributions
The old fortress/castle overlooking the beach from Spain to Olhao
Jul 2017 • Couples
Inevitably on your way around Cacela velha you'll pass by the old fortress. Once beeing used in summer by the King of Portugal, also rumoured to have been home to some pirates ages ago, it now hosts the tax and border police and is this - unfortunately - not open for visitors.
The location is great - turning east one can see Spain and - at night - the lighthouse fire of Vila Real Sto Antonio, on the portugese side of the border to Spain. Towards the west, you see the Rio Formosa and in the distance Cabanas.
Written July 9, 2017
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Sabine d
Rotterdam, The Netherlands116 contributions
Nice place with a great view and a Zen moment
Jun 2017 • Family
This place is your time worth for taking a look. There is such a nice view over the sea. U also have the chance to take the chairs to the beach. However we have been there for the second time and i dont think that u can go inside the fort. But the view and the atmosphere u see and feel is so much worth your time!
Written June 22, 2017
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Eric C
Verwood, UK60 contributions
Stunning views and quaint
May 2017 • Couples
The smallest of small villages, historic church and fort which unfortunately you can not enter. The views of the Formosa and out to sea are just stunning. Sit on the wall and soak it up. But beware, one of the small gardens that appears to belong to a small house has a sin in the garden warning beware of the snakes?. Didn't see any and it is all paved so no problem there. There was one tapas bar and a restaurant that was closed but it is a truly nice place just to visit for half an hour.
Written May 17, 2017
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JSM6147
Guernsey, UK54 contributions
Day trip
Apr 2017 • Couples
Old Cacela is a very old quaint Portuguese tiny village. There are 2 eating places. The view over the estuary is worth the visit, it's quite stunning and peaceful.
Written April 9, 2017
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raquelcoelho
Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam140 contributions
Great view of the Ria's beginning
Dec 2016 • Couples
This is where the Ria Formosa starts on the East side of the Algarve. Totally worth a visit. In the summertime there are lots of eating options, but in the wintertime you are better off bringing a picnic.
Written December 11, 2016
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