The Algarve coast has long been a popular destination; beautiful beaches and landscapes, as well as interesting local culture brings tourists year after year. For those looking for a laid-back, easy-going place to stay near the Algarve coast, the town of Castro Marim is a terrific option. This town, located near the Spanish border and the salt marshes, offers visitors the chance to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of a typical Portuguese town. HomeAway has holiday apartments and villas in Castro Marim to suit every budget and type of traveller.
Holiday home rentals in Castro Marim can offer guests just what they want, be it a home with a garden or pool, or a rental that is wheelchair accessible. From a penthouse with a pool to a small rural studio apartment with a garden, HomeAway has a wide selection of apartments in Castro Marim. Child-friendly rentals with internet access, air conditioning, and television for groups as large as eight or ten are just a click away. What's more, travellers who want to expand the scope of their holiday can book holiday rentals in the Faro region or head farther west to Carvoeiro villas.
Salt Marsh Nature Reserve:
This natural wonder of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António covers over 2,000 hectares. Salt marshes, salt pans, and numerous creeks are home to 150 different species of birds, including sand pipers and storks. Various hiking trails lead visitors through the reserve, and the visitors' centre provides guides and itineraries.
Castro Marim is located just a few miles from the town of Vila Real. This charming town was built in the late-18th century and has a beautiful town square. There are ferries that run across the river to Ayamonte, Spain, for those who wish to visit another country on their trip.
Long stretches of undisturbed sandy beach await visitors to Praia Verde. This area is relatively undeveloped, offering bathers the chance to get away from it all. There are, however, shops and cafés nearby as well as a small shopping arcade that make this spot near Castro Marim a great place to enjoy a day or two.
Traditional arts and crafts:
Lace making and basket weaving are still strong traditions and trades in Castro Marim. Visitors can expect to see local craftswomen making fine lace as well as woven mats and baskets for the home. There are numerous stands and shops selling these fine local wares.
Misericórdia (Mercy) Church:
This beautiful church was built atop the remains of the 14th-century Church of São Iago (St. James), which was destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1755. Aside from the ruins of the old church, there are also 17th-century tombs to be found inside.
The Castle of Castro Marim:
This medieval castle is located on a hilltop above the town of Castro Marim. It was constructed as a defence centre during the Portuguese Reconquista. The Núcleo Museológico do Castelo de Castro Marim museum, located inside the castle, explains the history of the castle and town and displays archaeological artefacts.
The weather in Castro Marim is typical of Portugal: warm to moderately hot summers with little rain and mild, relatively wet winters. July and August are the hottest months with an average temperature of 28°C. There is little to no rain in the summer months; March is usually the wettest.
The best way to reach Castro Marim is to fly into Faro International Airport (FAO), located approximately 40 miles from Castro Marim. Buses and trains depart from Faro, near the marina. Hiring a car or taking a taxi are perhaps the fastest and easiest ways to reach Castro Marim. The drive is straightforward and scenic, and it only takes about 40 minutes along the A22.