Picturesque village on the estuary mouth of the Arade river near Portimao
The place is picturesquely situated opposite Portimão and Praia da Rocha on the eastern shore of the estuary of the river Arade. The former fishing village is crowned by the church Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição that can be reached via precipitous narrow lanes. The walk is worthwhile, because visitors can enjoy spectacular views from the square in front of the church across the river delta to the marina of Portimão and the hills of Serra de Monchique. Unfortunately the now privately owned fortress Fortaleza de São João cannot be visited. This used to protect the estuary mouth of the Arade against attacks by pirates together with the fortress Fortaleza de Santa Catarina on the opposite shore.