Fortaleza Sta. Catarina


Portimão: Santa Catarina fortress

Portimão: Santa Catarina fortress

The fortress of Santa Catarina on the southern banks of the estuary mouth of the Rio Arade has been erected in the 16th century together with the fortress São João on the opposite site of the river to protect the harbour of Portimao against corsairs.


Portimão: Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Portimão: Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

The fortress on the estuary offers great views to the river Arade and Praia da Rocha.


Portimao: Fortaleza de Sta Catarina

Portimao: Fortaleza de Sta Catarina

Interior yard of the fortress of Santa Catarina. From here you can enjoy splendid views towards the marina of Portimao, the estuary mouth of the Arade river and the beach of Praia da Rocha.


Portimão: Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Portimão: Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

These steps lead upwards to the coping stones of the fortress.


Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

View from the fortress across the river Arade towads the hills of the Serra de Monchique.


Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

View from the fortress across the estuary of the river Arade to the mole on the opposite shore near Ferragudo.


Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

View from the fortress to the mole at the estuary of the river Arade and the beginning of the famous beach Praia da Rocha.


Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

View from the fortress in a westerly direction along the beach of Praia da Rocha.

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