Vila Real de Santo António
The Guadiana River separates Spain from Portugal, on one side we find the last village of Andalusia (Ayamonte) and on the other the first of the Portuguese Algarve (Villa Real de Santo António). We can cross the river by ferry or by road via the Guadiana International Bridge.
Vila Real de Santo António, founded in 1776, is a must for visitors to the area. Apart from a charming and harmonious old town that was commissioned by the Marquis of Pombal after the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, the town is a paradise for home decor lovers. It is practically impossible to visit this village and not come back with a trunk full of pottery (plates, bowls, trays…), textiles (sheets, towels…) or food products such as the delicious salted butter, artisan breads or cakes or the rich Amarguinha.
From the beach of Santo António just in front of the last beach of our Costa de la Luz (Isla Canela) we find 15 kilometers of fine sandy beaches, surrounded by pine trees and dunes until we reach Manta Rota. The beaches of the eastern Algarve, as well as ours, have much warmer waters than the ones in rest of the Algarve.
There are many good restaurants in the area but we especially recommend Sem Espinhas, Dom Petisco and Grand Beach Club.