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Sao Bras de Alportel
Sao Bras de Alportel, in the eastern Algarve nestles inland. The town with all the charm and character could easily be missed if you just stick to visiting coastal towns. The first thing you notice is how cooler than other places, due to its position which is perched high giving sea views to the coast. Once a roman settlement, with the old part of the town still retaining many narrow streets. Sao Bras de Alportel is a town for all ages, and you can easy spend the whole day for what it has to offer. When you approach the town you come across a Lidl store. With modern buildings surrounding it, but go across the roundabout and all is revealed.
When you come into the old part of town just off the side street, there are lavish merchants houses with their hand painted tiled frontages with fancy cast iron Juliet balconies and statues sitting on parapet walls. The unusual twin tower church, with 2 clocks one on each bell tower. The town has many tiny backstreets that are well worth venturing down, with many fascinating finds. There is a cultural information office, with much information on the town and history.
With displays of local produced including lace work. It often holds events in the well-kept gardens with views over the Public swimming baths. There is a tourist office further in the town. The main square in the town offers ample parking with many coffee/bars in the surrounding area. One of the town’s largest churches is well worth a visit. Also the museum on the corner of Rua 1º De Maio and Rua Dr. Jose Rosa Da Silva.
In the 17th century the town was known for its coolness compared to the coast it was favored by the bishops across the Algarve and Portugal. The church had a palace built for them to use during the hot summer months, now it has other uses. As the wealth of the town declined, due to the large cork production being moved further inland into central Portugal. Sao Bras de Alportel is still a busy one and whilst popular with tourist. It still has a thriving Portuguese population along with local traditions with markets selling many local products.
Main centre square
Rare twin clock tower chapel