According to legend this convent was built in order to fulfil a promise. Two seafarers found themselves in a perilous situation in the high seas and promised to build a chapel on the first spot of Portuguese land they sighted. The convent is full of traditions and has a centennial tree, a magnolia, which is classed as being of public interest.
Church built on a longitudinal plan, with a beautiful manueline portico and chancel altar-piece. The church houses a religious treasure composed of objects used during worship that once belonged to the Convent of Nossa Senhora do Desterro (17th century). It also houses a selection of valuable priestly garments.
It is thought that this castle was built by the Moors in the 10th or 11th century, working as a military support shelter to Silves castle. Today only some of the walls and the cistern remain, hidden among the surrounding vegetation and cork-trees.