Cacela Velha: A Stunning Glimpse of Unspoiled Portuguese History

Cacela Velha

If you’re ever in the East Algarve, don’t miss the opportunity to turn off the main N125 road in the direction of a small hamlet called Cacela Velha.

You’ll find the turning between Tavira and Manta Rota, and you’ll know from the view on approach that you’ve arrived at somewhere very special indeed.

Cacela Velha offers arguably the most stunning seascape view in the whole of the Algarve. From the edge of the tiny village you can see the islands and mudflats of the Ria Formosa, and the views stretch all the way East to Spain. The greatest challenge is taking a photo that even comes close to capturing the beauty of this spot.

There are a couple of cafes and restaurants for refreshment, a church to explore, and just a few streets of traditional tumbledown houses, where the population of local cats seems to outnumber human counterparts!

At low tide it’s possible to explore the coast below, and even reach the island beach of Fabrica, but be careful of the tides as they could leave you stranded!

If you can get to Cacela Velha during a weekend, have a look in the local papers before you visit. You will often find markets taking place here, selling everything from local crafts to pots of herbs and artisan liquors.

Cacela Velha only requires a small amount of your holiday time, but may well prove a notable highlight.