Cacela Velha - The Fabric
Cacela is in fact two towns:
Velha - 'old' Cacela - and Vila Nova de Cacela - 'new' Cacela.
Cacela Velha is a tiny, picturesque village with a fort and a
church sitting on a cliff overlooking the lagoon and the sea.
You can take nice walks through the country and along the
lagoon shore of the Ria Formosa (at low tide) between Cacela
Velha and near-by Fábrica, where is the cache. Golfers will be
delighted by the 36 holes of Quinta da Ria and Quinta da
Cima golf courses; great golf and beautiful courses with sea
views and olive-lined fairways. Vila Nova de Cacela is an
ordinary, unpretentious small town which has all the basic
amenities including a small daily food market. Its one claim
to fame is its street market, held on the 3rd Sunday of every
month, which fills the entire town and temporarily doubles the
- The view from the cliff wall at Cacela
- A meal overlooking the lagoon in Fábrica
(local of the cache)
- The two courses for
Cacela was once open to the
sea, with the mouth of the Pedra Alva river making a small harbour.
It was settled in Roman times and was a centre for fish salting.
During the Moorish period (7th - 13th centuries) defensive ramparts
were built. Cacela was the first point in the Algarve conquered by
the knights of the Order of Sant'Iago under Paio Peres Correia in
1240. It was from here that the knights aided the army of King
Afonso III in conquering and extending Portuguese rule to the
whole of the rest of the Algarve by the end of the decade. Cacela
was granted a town charter in 1283. The town's fortune waned with
the gradual silting of the harbour and the formation of the sand
barrier of the Manta Rota peninsula, causing a gradual decline in
the town's population. Cacela was then devastated in the great
earthquake of 1755. The village you see today dates from the end of
the 18th Century.
Be aware! If you choose to show up during high tide period, you may
have to wet your feet in order to catch the cache
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