Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina, Portimao: Address, Fortaleza de Santa Catarina Reviews: 3.5/5

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina

Fortaleza de Santa Catarina
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3.5
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,173 contributions
Not well kept
Jun. 2021
This is an iconic place of Portimão and you will pass by if you visit the beach, Unfourtunatelly, is not very well kept.
Written 14 July 2021
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium11,040 contributions
Historic fortress
Oct. 2020 • Solo
This is a small historic fortress, in a strategic location, overlooking the harbour... there's no entry fee, but it's worth a short visit, there's an old canon, and the views over the beach and the marina are pretty good!
Written 3 October 2020
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Peter b
Birmingham, UK742 contributions
Great views
Oct. 2019
This is at the marina end of Praia de Roche. The top piece is wheelchair accessable but not after that - a lot of stairs down. There is just the shell of the castle with a couple of cannons and a well.
Written 8 November 2019
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,075 contributions
A Pretty Skeleton from Yesteryear
Jan. 2019 • Solo
One of the two major viewpoints in Praia da Rocha, the Miradouro de Santa Catarina is now just a ghost of its former self. It was obviously once a fortress, given its geographical vantage point. And, of course the cannon on an upper deck suggests it was a defensive structure.

Not much information available on this place. There’s no ‘mini museum’ - unless it was all boarded up and hidden during low season. No information boards that I could see.

The arches leading onto the upper deck are quite picturesque, but much of the structure has been ruined by ugly graffiti, so prevalent everywhere else in Praia da Rocha.

So what’s to see from this particular viewpoint?

1. There’s the very pretty marina, with its ochre and terracotta residences fronted by various types of moored sailing craft.

2. It’s a good location to see where the River Arade runs into the Atlantic Ocean.

3. One can see - and access - the long, long strip leading to one of the old lighthouses. The old lighthouse is farther away than it looks.

4. And, off to the west, there’s the hideously ugly Praia da Rocha beach, cluttered with dozens of ugly restaurants, pizza joints, a worn-out boardwalk, and - worst of all - endless shacks of beach ‘essentials’ to assist in summer’s manufactured fun. (Shacks - boarded up during low season - occur every few metres and seem to be anchored into the sand itself. What an absolute blight on the beach landscape!) It’s one of the ugliest beaches I’ve ever seen. Can’t even begin to compare to the pristine beaches in neighbouring Lagos!

5. Could be an ok place to watch the sunrise, if you can ignore all the commercial clutter around.

Word of caution: watch out for the heaps of doggy-doo. Somehow I would have thought there’d be some kind of municipal bylaw requiring owners to clean up after their dogs, but apparently not.

One visit is probably enough.
Written 22 January 2019
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KathleenR_28
Port Dover, Canada6,263 contributions
Make this a part of your Portimao visit
Dec. 2018 • Solo
This medieval fort is close to the beach and is situated a few meters above ground. Thus, one can see picturesque views of the jetty, the ocean and the river.
Written 15 December 2018
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL2,736 contributions
Good Views
Sep. 2018 • Couples
Fort is rather small with little or no exhibitions, information or audio guides to give you the history of the place. There are great views from here though--the beach, the river and seascape beyond as well as the town of Ferragudo across the river. A quick stop is all you need.
Written 23 September 2018
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anke_kleefeld
Nuernberg159 contributions
Great view
Feb. 2018 • Solo
You have a great view from the Fortaleza de Santa Catarina over the Beach of Praia da Rocha, the marina and over the Rio Arade to Ferragudo. If it's open you can have a cup of coffee in a little café in the fortaleza.
Written 10 September 2018
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Lawrence A
29 contributions
Great as part of idyllic stroll
Aug. 2018 • Family
We strolled down Praia da Rocha down to this fort where we had some drinks and took in the great view around us. It was then a few hundred meters trek to the lovely Ribeirinha Marina, taking in the Portimao museum along the way and then up the cobbled streets of Ribeirinha up to the beautiful Igreja do Colegio. As this was done on Sunday afternoon, the streets were quiet and serene and was such an amazing experience.
Written 10 August 2018
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,203 contributions
Great views!
Apr. 2018 • Friends
You can see far out into the Atlantic Ocean as well as across the harbor where you can see the lighthouse, the Castelo de São João do Arade and the Igreja de Ferragudo. If only we'd been able to figure out how to get across the water to visit them! It is what is left of a medieval castle.
Written 25 June 2018
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Gaynor T
Swansea, UK626 contributions
Nice walk and scenery
May 2018 • Couples
Ideal turning/end point when walking along the front.

Worth a short visit for the view and nothing more.
Written 28 May 2018
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