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Castro Marim

Castro Marim is a town of typically Portuguese houses and quite wide streets and a lot of the area around is quite flat, making it ideal for bike rides or walks. It seems a very 'laid back' town...no hustle and bustle, just people going about their daily tasks and stopping to take an occasional break at one of the local cafés.

Castro Marim an ideal base for exploring this area of the Sotavento - Vila Real is just a few kilometres to the south at the mouth of the river with both a river frontage and sea coast and the town of Alcoutim is about 40km to the north.

The municipality of Castro Marim actually extends to the south coast with the seaside resort of Altura and the beaches of Praia Verde and Cabeço sitting between Manta Rota and Monte Gordo - both of which fall into the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António.

Praia Verde has developed into quite a sizeable residential area above the long stretch of sandy beach, with a small arcade for shops and cafes and a restaurant with it's own swimming pool overlooking the beach.

On the Monte Gordo side of Praia Verde is the modern resort of Altura - an attractive town of low rise apartments and houses of which, at a guess, many are second homes / holiday lets. The beach is part of the long stretch of sand that runs from Manta Rota to Vila Real.



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