Praia de Cacela Velha (Fábrica Mar)

The beach is located at the easternmost end of Cabanas Island, close to Cacela Harbour and you can get to it by boat departing from a place called “Sítio da Fábrica” (“the site of the factory”) in Cacela Velha. This historical town, where you can admire the bright white houses with their traditional cobalt blue decoration, is surrounded by dry orchards on gentle hills all the way down to the estuary. The village grew up around a mediaeval noria and affords a magnificent, lofty view over the Ria Formosa, next to the D. Paio Peres Correia Fortress. After crossing the narrow section of estuary, you will notice a thin strip of sand, deserted and unspoiled, constantly changing due to the shifting sea and winds. Here, in total peace and quiet, you can admire the rich dune flora of this sandy barrier, broken only at the places where the sea stubbornly breaches the natural wall. Countless birds seek refuge in these dunes and you can expect to see species such as the Kentish plover, the ruddy turnstone and the little tern.

Additional Information

Address: Vila Nova Cacela

Postal Code: 8900

County: Vila Real de Santo António

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Coordinates: 37.1512639,-7.549119444444444