Algarve Monuments, Old Cacela Fortress
Cacela, located on the eastern end of Ria Formosa Natural Park, near the river Guadiana, Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the border with Spain, was an important center during the Muslim occupation of the Peninsula Iberica, but the archaeological researches, points to human occupation, during pre-Roman times, the castle was of Muslim origin, but after the christian reconquest, under Portuguese rule, was given to the Order of Santiago, by the King Dom Afonso III.
In the sixteenth century, this fort was rebuilt by the King Dom João III, with works that have lasted until the
end of the century.
In 1755, the earthquake caused serious damage to its structure. The present fort, also known as Old Cacela Fortress, was built on the old castle, at the end of the eighteenth century.
Here by (40mn drive): Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença
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