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  • Address: Portimão, Portugal

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Santa Catarina Fortress Tours

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.

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Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from ... 
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Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from Portimao

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Explore Portimão and its coastline on this fun 2.5-hour morning or afternoon chauffeured motorcycle sidecar tour. Ride in the sidecar of a vintage ...  Read more

Location: Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $117.90

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