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Santa Catarina Fortress
Standing watch over Portimão at the mouth of the Arade River, the once-mighty Santa Catarina Fortress now lies in ruins, but retains much of its former grandeur, with its stone-brick curtain walls still largely intact.

Portimão’s maritime fortress was built by Alexandre Massai in the 17th-century to protect the port from pirates and invaders, but today it serves as the photogenic backdrop to the sandy Praia da Rocha beach. Explore the chapel inside, dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, or head there at sunset for a dazzling view along the coast.

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The Santa Catarina Fortress overlooks the Praia da Rocha, around 3km south of Portimão in the Algarve.
Address: Portimão, Portugal
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Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from Portimao

For a fun Portuguese adventure hop into the sidecar of vintage motorcycle for a 2.5-hour private tour of Alvo and Ferragudo from Portimão. This tour is a memorable way to explore the scenic towns around Portimão in the Algarve region. Visit the fishing village of Ferragudo and capture views from the Ferragudo lighthouse. Plus, see the fort of Santa Catarina a medieval fortress that protected the Algarve from pirates. Enjoy the full attention of your guide who can stop as needed for refreshments along the way (own expense) or tailor your itinerary around you.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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