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Castro Marim

Castro Marim in Eastern Algarve is the last town on the eastern side on the border to Spain, with the Guadiana River separating the two countries.

On approaching Castro Marim the town has much to offer with the castle beckoning you to explore. There is much history on the town with reference to having association with the Knights Templar the guardians of the relics of the Protectors of Christ. Castro Marim has much on offer, a large monthly market held on the second Saturday of the month. Well worth the visit offering a wide range from fresh fruit and vegetables, to cheeses, hams, and local honey. There is an antiques market on the same day held just up the road in Vila real St Antonio (see Market dates). Heading towards Castro Marim from the west towards Spain,there is a strange array of 5 tall pillars with a windmill sitting above, as well as a chapel on the right hand side. The tall pillars are water fountains which only become clear when heading up towards the windmill.

There is a cultural Centre with small auditorium used when holding music and other events. The windmill is part of the museum, worth going up just for the spectacular views across to Spain with the riverside town of Ayamonte. There are salt beds that Portugal is known for, further along are marshes and wildlife conservation.

One of two forts

Views across to Spain

Windmill museum

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