Perched on a rocky outcrop, the unspoiled rural hamlet of Cacela Velha overlooks the sea and there are great views from the old fort. A sandy spot, which can only be reached by boat, protects Cacela Velha's excellent beach. Here you can find a few bar/restaurants.
Cacela Velha and the surrounding towns were a stopover for Greek and Phoenician navigators, and according to some authors it may have once been near the location of Conistorgis, the still-unrecovered capital of the Conii. Roman and Arab occupiers also played a significant role in the expansion of the region.
Archeological excavations conducted from May 7 to July 4, 2007, determined the village was the Medina of Qast’alla Daraj (Ibn Darradj al-Qastalli), an Islamic town dating back to the 10th century, when much of the Iberian peninsula was controlled by the Moors and Berbers who arrived from North Africa. Archeologists determined the area was an agricultural center, and part of the excavation recovered seven corn pits that were used for storing cereals and grain.
Approximate Driving Time to Airports: Faro - 40 minutes, Lisbon - 3 hours and Porto - 5 hours, 30 minutes