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  Old Fort and Modern Home called Sao Joao de Arade
by dlytle

The fort of Sao Joao de Arade began life as a lookout tower in the 15th century. Some reconstruction and expansion was done in the 17the century along with building its sister fortress of Santa Catarina de Ribamar on the other side of the estuary at Praia da Rocha. Their task was to defend Portimao and the Arade estuary from the frequent pirate raids of the time. Ancient Roman salting tanks have been excavated next to the Fort of Sao Joao de Arade that provides the evidence that this area has been in use for centuries.

A great deal of work was done at the beginning of the 20th century to turn it into a home at the initiative of the poet Coelho Carvalho, and it is to this that it owes its current romantic appearance. It is now private property.

These forts were in an excellent strategic position and now feature splendid views of the sea, river, beaches and cliffs. I think it would be a really great place to be at sunset.

Farther along the coast, at Ponte da Atlaia and Quinta da Torre, where tiny beaches of great beauty are tucked away between looming cliffs, there are the remains of two medieval watchtowers, which were once used to give warning of attacks by pirates and corsairs.

Directions: Only a few minutes walk from downtown Ferragudo, Portugal in the Algarve.

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  • Written Nov 12, 2003
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