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Mexilhoeira Grande in western Algarve Portugal, Mexilhoeira Grande comes under the parish of the nearby city of Portimao.
The village is know for its archeological finds, sitting up on a hill with views over the river and Portimao, from the top of the village which now sit between the EN125 and the A22 a short distance from Mexilhoeira is the Ribeira de Odiaxere well known for its salt fields that harvest the salt from the river..
It is properly the second biggest in the Algarve next to Faro. Whilst Mexilhoeira was in the past well known for the collection of Oysters and clams, mussels many harvested from the nearby mud flaps on the marshland below the village
When you enter, the village it is a gentle climb to the top with bronze statues to celebrate well-known locals on the way up into the village.
The village has great community spirit, with the many tiled benches that are placed outside one of the smaller chapels. There is also a seating area at the large church at the top of the village normally occupied by locals chatting in the late afternoons; it offers Fantastic River and coastal views, the church doorway dates from the 18th century.
The village offers many good restaurant that offer a good dish of the day, for around €7 with all included, there are numerous bars dotted around the village as well as mini supermarket, it is well worth visiting as the many buildings all offer something different in the way of architecture the village is a little cooler in the summer months with a welcoming breeze coming from the coast. It is properly better to park at the first opportunity, as many of the roads can be narrow as well as one-way streets.
Whilst Mexilhoeira was in the past well known for the collection of Oysters and clams, mussels many harvested from the nearby mud flaps on the marshland below the village you will still often sea fishermen in the Mud flaps in low tide digging for clams
Nearby Salt Marches
Main Church Square
Main Church in the Square