The municipality of Castro Marim is characterized by extensive mountains, where wild flowers abound, and the orchards and vegetable gardens on the banks of the Guadiana river, which mark the border with Ayamonte. The county is divided into four parishes: Azinhal, Odeleite and Castro Marim in the interior and Altura in the middle of the Algarve coast, which has been going through a progressive tourism development. It is worth to enjoy the mild temperature, the sun and the sea in the best local beaches, especially the Verde, do Cabeço and da Alagoa beaches (Altura). And for nature lovers, the Natural Reserve of Sapal de Castro Marim offers the possibility to observe the rich and diverse flora and fauna, where numerous birds, salinas, canals, ponds and estuaries paint the horizon into a fine mosaic that extends up to Ayamonte's mouth. In a more cultural aspect, it is compulsory to visit Castro Marim castle and the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum. From the top of São Sebastião's fort, that stretches through the horizon, you will have a privileged view of the village. The summer in this region, as it happens in most municipalities in the country, is the traditional pilgrimage season. The Festa da Nossa Senhora dos Mártires, which is held for five days, mobilizes the entire population. The most important day of this festivity is August 15th. Castro Marim then gets filled up with history, especially in the celebration and re-creation of the medieval days, an event that takes annually place in late August and offers to all visitors street spectacles, animated banquets with live music, crafts and lots of fun. When it comes to the pleasures of the table, we can state that the local cuisine is very varied, but the specialty is undoubtedly the grilled fish, such as bass, bream, shrimp and catfish. The sweets are the irresistible queijadas de amêndoa (sweets made with almonds and cheese) and bolo de massa com canela do Azinhal (cake made with bread dough and Azinhal cinnamon).
What to do in Castro Marim
Reserva Natural do Sapal de Castro Marim e Vila Real de Santo António
The complex system of marshy places, salt-pits, canals, puddles, creeks and charcas (big extensions without vegetation), located in the Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António municipalities, was the first Natural reserve of the Portuguese territory. Land, river (Guadiana) and sea mix together, giving origin to a strange but beautiful miscellany, stretching to the mouth with Ayamonte, on the …
Castelo de Castro Marim
The outer wall, in a semicircular shape, surrounded the medieval village and the so-called Castelo Velho. Today, only the remains of the castle with four turrets and a door, the ruins of the Church of São Tiago, built in the 14th century, and the Palace of the Mayors remain. The Castle is a unique viewpoint of the Guadiana River, the …
A wide stretch of sand, surrounded by pine woods and by a luxury resort. There is a passage that leads to the beach. It has good quality water and vestiges of roman ruins by the sea.
Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires
Parish church with quite peculiar architectonical details. The church porch is renaissant, although pretty adulterated, the main chapel has a vault and neo-manueline elements at the south front platband.
Praia da Alagoa / Praia de Altura
A beach with a wide stretch of sand and good quality calm waters. It has several activities, restaurants with varied menus and small shops around.
Centro Multiusos do Azinhal
The Azinhal Museum is placed at the Cultural Centre. Its main purpose is to present temporary and permanent exhibitions. It shows, through video, traditional practices, local characteristics as the bread and cheese cycles and agricultural activities.
Forte de São Sebastião
Important work in the renewal of the military defence of the village, such as it is certified by the proximity of the castle and its wall. Fortress of irregular drawing with five bulwarks.
Jardim de Castro Marim
Large, lawn space with shade and leisure areas, tables and benches and a playground.
Barragem de Odeleite
Located in Odeleite, Castro Marim, this dam was built in Ribeira de Odeleite, which is born in Serra do Caldeirão. As a curiosity, aerial photography shows the shape of a blue dragon.
Mercado Municipal de Castro Marim
Depois de funcionar durante várias décadas como o principal abastecedor de fruta, verduras e peixe da Vila, é atualmente um espaço turístico-cultural multifuncional reservado à dinamização e divulgação das artes e saberes locais.
Igreja de São Sebastião
Church located near the Forte de São sebastião (Fortress). One of the most important characteristics is the ornamental richness inside, with distemper wall paintings, decorating all the elevations.
Núcleo Museológico do Castelo de Castro Marim
Space where you’ll get to know some more about the history of Castro Marim. Here you may see documents, drawings and pictures on the walls, archaeological artefacts and historic-ethnographic items shown in several showplaces.
Praia do Cabeço
Located next to a pine forest, is a beach quite crowded and appealing, not longer, however, a quiet, great for rest. There are some areas of concession, the sand is clean. Good bathing zone. There is a small restaurant on …
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