The Algarve Region
The Eastern Algarve is relatively unspoilt and retains a great deal of the traditional Portuguese way of life.
The local beaches are "to die for" and yet are so uncommercialised, apart from the welcome existence of the occasional restaurant, positioned right on the sands, serving local, freshly-caught fish and seafood.
The area abounds in nature reserves, natural pine forests and conservation areas allowing birds & nature to flourish. North of the villa is an area of outstanding natural beauty alongside the Guadiana river, past the great dams of Beliche and Odeleite and on up to Alcoutim. Here can be found artisans still practising the ancient techniques of crafts such as blanket weaving, shawl & lace making, and straw hat & basket weaving.
Nearby and to the west is the pretty town of Tavira, with its castle and a multitude of churches, now enjoying renewed prosperity from tourism and fishing.
About Castro Marim
Castro Marim is situated on the banks of the Guadiana river. From Castro Marim you will have a view towards Ayamonte (Spain) on the other side of the river. Castro Marim already existed during the roman occupation, The ruins of the castle are on the north side of the town and the remainders of the 17th century ‘Forte de São Sebastião are on the hills in the south part of Castro Marim. The area south of Castro Marim is a nature reserve where a lot of very special birds are seen.
Castro Marim is close to Villa Real do Sante Antonio and Monte Gordo where lots of restaurants and bars offer great fish, drinks and of course the many great wines Portugal has to offer.
Castro Marim is connected with Spain by a bridge across the Guadiana River. From Castro Marim its as quick to go for lunch in Spain across the river to Ayamonte as it is to have lunch in Portugal. Lepe, Huelva and even Sevilla (140 km) are within easy driving distance.If you are more adventurous Gibraltar is only 3 hours away. Castro Marim not only offers sun and beach but also culture, nature, sightseeing and lots of activities.