Heritage tourism

Heritage tourism

Castle of Alcoutim

Castle of Alcoutim

The Alcoutim Castle, also known as New Castle, in the Algarve, located in the village, Town and Municipality of Alcoutim, in Faro, in Portugal. Watching this point of the boundary line crossing, the monument stands in a dominant position on a hill south of the village on the right bank of the stream of San […]

Castle of Paderne, in Albufeira

Castle of Paderne, in Albufeira

Castle of Paderne in the Algarve, located in the city and parish of the same name, municipality of Albufeira, Faro in Portugal. It stands in a dominant position over the stream of Quarteira, about two kilometers south of the city. One of the seven castles represented on the flag of Portugal, its ruins, reddish in […]

Castle of Loulé

Castle of Loulé

From the VIII century with the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, Al’-Ulya is formed, said on the eve of the Christian Reconquista, in the chronicles of Ibne Saíde and Abd Aluhaid as a small almedina fortified and prosperous, belonging to the Kingdom Niebla, under the command of Taifa Ibne Mafom. This Almohad structure left […]

The First Christian Conquest of Silves 1189

The First Christian Conquest of Silves 1189

The first Christian conquest takes place in 1189. The Portuguese troops governed by D. Sancho I were assisted by a contingent of Crusaders en route to the Holy Land, which had landed accidentally in Lisbon. The ephemeral subjection lasted only two years, Al-Mansur endows the city with strong walls and water supply infrastructure. The last […]

Torreão das Portas da Cidade, Almedina Doors, in Silves

Torreão das Portas da Cidade, Almedina Doors, in Silves

The remains of the Roman conquest are felt in the current urban core of the city of Silves. Likely to have been built in that remote period, the first defensive walls of an urban core. The Muslim occupation of the present territory Algarve and the prolonged stay of the Arab peoples and their cultural influence […]

Ponte Velha, Old Bridge in Silves

Ponte Velha, Old Bridge in Silves

The Silves Bridge is a bridge over the Arade river in the city of Silves in the Algarve region of Portugal. Although its origin is controversial bridge as it currently exists was built in the fifteenth century. It is possible that Silves have a bridge in Roman times, given the fact that the town was […]

Sé Catedral de Silves, Main Gothic monument in the Algarve

Sé Catedral de Silves, Main Gothic monument in the Algarve

Silves Cathedral (Portuguese: Sé Catedral de Silves) in the city of Silves, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, Built as a mosque during moorish rule of Iberia later converted into cathedral after reconquista. It is considered the main Gothic monument in the Algarve.  The details about the foundation and building of Silves Cathedral are unclear. In the process of the Reconquista, Moorish Silves was […]

Castle of Silves, The Moorish Castle

Castle of Silves, The Moorish Castle

The Castle of Silves is a castle in the civil parish of Silves in the municipality of Silves in the Portuguese Algarve. Built between the 8th and 13th century, the castle is one of the best preserved of the Moorish fortifications in Portugal, the most important Moorish fortification resulting in its classification as a National Monument in 1910. From archaeological excavations, it is assumed that the first fortress on this site consisted […]

Church Matriz de Estômbar, in Lagoa

Church Matriz de Estômbar, in Lagoa

Built in the mid-sixteenth century on the hilltop where spreads the village, it is the most representative examples of Manueline architecture to be found in the western Algarve. Built on an old hermitage dedicated to Santa Ana, presents confluence of different architectural styles, because of the extensive remodeling that was subject after the earthquake of […]

Roman Ruins of Milreu, Villa Romana de Milreu in São Brás de Alportel

Roman Ruins of Milreu, Villa Romana de Milreu in São Brás de Alportel

Villa Romana Milreu History / Background History:Milreu is the testimony of an important “villa” rustic Roman séc.I inhabited since the Christian era, with traces of occupation continued until the century. XI.Located near the present village of Estoi and about 8 km from the city of Ossónoba (now Faro), Milreu benefited from mountain springs then there […]

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