Cacela Velha (7/16)

Perched on a low cliff facing the estuary, the whitewashed village of Cecelia Velha is a reminder of how the Algarve might have looked half a century ago. Apart from a few café-restaurants, there are no tourist stores, just a pretty church and the remains of an eighteenth-century fort– and even that houses a maritime police station and is closed to the public.

Offering exhilarating views from its clifftop, Cacela is highly picturesque and, it’s not overrun by visitors. The only time the place gets busy is during the Moorish Nights in July, a four-day festival of Arabic food and Moorish-inspired events, including a souk.

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Written by James Metcalfe

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