ALDEIA DAS FONTES, all little village are for reconstrution, magnificient land for tourism.
Peace and tranquillity… Aldeia das Fontes An exceptional property with a natural beauty Situated between Castro Marim ( ALGARVE) and Mertola (ALENTEJO). Near of Electricity / Water Natural Water from a mina Local for washing clothes (traditional way to do it) Community bread …. Could have a Tourism Project, made it by Architects and Engineers ( Imatico Partners). Multi-possibilities… To do a guest-houses, or another kind of tourism. ( walking, jogging paintball, meditation, relax looking the stars, yoga, burro) Peace and tranquillity… The beautifully landscaped spaces are well integrated into the surrounding natural scenery, much more than just a tourist complex, this little village promises to be a place of perfect tranquillity, ideal for restful and rejuvenating holidays, with its idyllic scenery. Situated to the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is proud of its reputation as a calm and peaceful land with hospitable people and gentle way of life. The Algarve and Alentejo are the most southern provinces of this country – a coastal and a southwest region with a marked tourist influence. Indeed, Algarve its 200 km of beautiful beaches, and Alentejo peace and tranquillity… its average year-round temperatures of 17.5 ºC and its 3,065 hours of sunshine throughout the year make it a favourite destination with tourists from around the world. At the eastern end of the Algarve, on the banks of the Guadiana River, which traces a natural border with neighbouring Spain, we find the town of Castro Marim, follow direction Aldeia das Fontes, that one is located on middle of 3 fantastic villages, Alcoutim, Mértola and Martim Longo. ALCOUTIM- The blue ribbon of the river winding between rounded mountains covered with cistus plants. The white stain of houses rising up the slopes of hills which form an amphitheatre crowned with the belfries of churches and the sombre bulk of a formidable castle. The elegant silhouette of sailing boats anchored along the shore. Impressions of Alcoutim that cannot fail to charm visitors, inviting them to wander its streets or while away a peaceful hour or two on an esplanade by the water's edge. Historical centre-Although it has lost the ramparts that for centuries surrounded it, and despite some modern additions. Alcoutims steep and narrow streets retain much of the calm atmosphere typical of an Algarve hill town. A few minutes walk is enough to discover simple single-storey houses hundreds of years old and the tall white walls of the Misericórdia (Mercy) church. To finish off, stroll down to the simple hermitage of Santo Antonio (St. Anthony), the former residence of the Counts of Alcoutim. Afterwards enjoy a moments rest in the company of a cool drink on an esplanada by the waters edge, and take in the sight of fishing boats returning with their catch, sailing yachts anchored in the little marina, and the Spanish town of São Lucas on the far shore. MÉRTOLA - Pretty little Mértola is a riverside town with a long history as a trading port, and strolling around its sleepy cobbled lanes is like entering a time warp. Its white parish church, topped with conical decorations, was converted from a mosque in the 12th century, and still retains a strong Islamic feel in its horseshoe arches and mihrab (prayer niche) facing east to Mecca. Above the church looms the town's ruined 13th century castle, with bird's-eye views of the entire town and river, and maybe even of the rare black stork or the lesser kestrel, a splendid falcon that is near extinction. There are several small musems scattered around town with Roman and Islamic finds, including the country's best collection of Portuguese Islamic art made up of ceramics, coins, and jewelry. The "Islamic Festival" that takes place every two years in May recreates the Islamic period of the town with music, exhibitions, and a street market. MARTIM LONGO - It is not known when Martinlongo was founded, though it was already inhabited at the time of the Roman occupation. It expanded rapidly from the 16th to 18th centuries, and outgrew the town of Alcoutim, a development not unrelated to the presence of a woollen goods industry and the fact that many of its inhabitants dedicated themselves to the lucrative profession of mule driver As a matter of historical curiosity, it is worth noting the existence at that time of a small community of African origin. Main church - This was originally a mosque, of which the minaret remains, now turned into a belfry. The cylindrical buttresses are probably of Moorish origin too. The church has plain gothic porches. The interior consists of three naves separated by ogival arches. There are columns with inverted truncated, pyramidal capitals, influenced by the Byzantine style, rarely found in Portugal. A curious capital with gargoyles serves as a support for the baptismal font. The church houses some valuable treasures, including gilded vestments from the 16th to 18th centuries and holy objects in silver.