Picturesque village on the estuary mouth of the Arade river near Portimao
The place is picturesquely situated opposite Portimão and Praia da Rocha on the eastern shore of the estuary of the river Arade. The former fishing village is crowned by the church Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição that can be reached via precipitous narrow lanes. The walk is worthwhile, because visitors can enjoy spectacular views from the square in front of the church across the river delta to the marina of Portimão and the hills of Serra de Monchique. Unfortunately the now privately owned fortress Fortaleza de São João cannot be visited. This used to protect the estuary mouth of the Arade against attacks by pirates together with the fortress Fortaleza de Santa Catarina on the opposite shore.
Forte de São João de Arade
Fortress in Ferragudo on the estuary of the Arade river
Built sometime during the 17th century, this and the Santa Catarina de Ribamar Fortress, were the main line of defence for the Rio Arade’s estuary.
Lagoa: Convento de São José
The former convent is now used as a cultural centre
The convent was founded by members of the Carmelite order of nuns in the beginning of the 18th. Century. It is currently the city’s cultural centre and hosts exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture and pottery, as well as various shows, concerts and discussions in its auditorium.
Rio Arade: Sitio das Fontes
Karstic springs at a branch of the Arade river near Estombar
The Parque Municipal das Fontes (the Municipal Park of the Springs), or Fontes de Estômbar (The Estômbar Springs), is a park surrounding a major spring situated on the left bank of the estuary of the Arade River, north of the town of Estombar, inLagoa Municiality. The park, formally created in 1989, consists of about de 18 ha (180.000 m2) and is an important ecosystem site reserved for those interested in nature. Use of the area began as a picnic site, overlooking the Arade River as it passes from Silves Municipality down to the Atlantic. The park now has a restored watermill, open for visits, a reconstructed Algarve house, an open-air amphitheater, and an area for physical fitness exercise. The site is also historically and culturally important since vestiges of human activities dating back to pre-historic times have been found here. In more recent times the site has been used by the local population for recreational purposes, the commemoration of festivals, and for interaction with nature. As well the pools created by the springs are used for bathing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Sra. da Rocha: Chapel
A picturesque little chapel on clifftop west of Armação de Pêra
The chapel Nossa Senhora da Rocha is located in one of the nicest parts of the so called "Rocky Algarve", framed by the beaches Praia da Nossa Sra. da Rocha and Praia Nova. The place can be easily accessed from Porches and Armação de Pêra, only a few miles from the top hotels Vila Lara and Vila Vita Park