Sand Algarve: Vila Real d.S.A.
Vila Real de Santo António is the most eastern city of the Algarve, situated on the banks of the Guadiana river, the border to Spain. The so called "Sand Algarve" starts at the estuary mouth of the river, watering here into the Bay of Cadiz. On the left side you can see Monte Gordo, one of the most popular tourist centres in this area.
Vila Real de Santo António: Marina on the Guadiana river
The town of Vila Real de Santo António is located on the border of the Algarve to Spain, only a few miles from the estuary mouth of the Guadiana river. This areal view depicts the geometric structure of the town, that has been completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755.
Vila Real de Santo António: Ferry boat to Ayamonte
The ferry boat is the only direct connection between Vila Real d.S.A. and Ayamonte on the Spanish border. The next road bridge is situated a few miles upriver near Castro Marim, and the railway "Linha do Algarve" ends in Vila Real.
Vila Real de Santo Antóniol: Promenade and marina
View to the marina of Vila Real d.S.A. and the promenade "Avenida da Republica"along the shore of the Guadiana river. The marvellous fassades have been restored carefully.
Castro Marim: Castle
The castle of Castro Marim, surmounting the surrounding little town, can be seen already from far.
Castro Marim: View from the castle
View from the castle towards the town and the chapel Sto. Antonio
View from the castle towards the salt marshes near rhe Rio Guadiana (Sapal de Castro Marim)
Sapal de Castro Marim
The nature reserve stretches between Castro Marim and the Guadiana river. The spectacular bridge can be seen already from far. The wetland It is formed by salty marshes with their special brackish waters, salt-pans and creeks, that are home to a diverse range of plants and animals. A trail leads through this interesting natural reserve.