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Vila do Bispo
Vila do Bispo is a Portuguese village in the District of Faro, region and subregion of the Algarve.

It is the seat of a municipality with 178.99 km², subdivided into 5 parishes. The municipality is limited to the north by the municipality of Aljezur, to the northeast by Lagos and to the south and west has coastline in the Atlantic ocean. The coastline of the municipality, from the west coast to the beach of Burgau to the east, is part of the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina.
One of the places of habitation of the Infante D. Henrique in the southwest of the Algarve, to whom the tradition assigns a house, today uncharacterized, of which only the lintel of a portal of the century was identified. XVI. Several houses with portals from the XV and XVI.

Mother Church
Of its foundation, in the century. XVI, there are the front and side Manueline portals, the bell tower finished by octagonal pyramid, the arch of the main altar and, at the back, a curious corbel with a human face.
Gilded carved side retables with images. Altarpiece representing Saint Michael crushing the devil. Religious implements (16th / 18th century).

Hermitage of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Associated with the tradition of being a place of prayer for Infante D. Henrique. Roman-Gothic (possibly from the thirteenth century). Simple facade with ogivados portal and rosacea. Main chapel with lateral columns of carved capitals and coffered vault. Side buttresses with gargoyles. Involved by rural landscape, it was integrated in the Quinta da Raposeira, where there are ruins of a manor of the century. XV.

Picturesque streets with old fountain and laundry tank. Nearby, the abandoned mill towers and a typical lime kiln.

Hermitage of Santo António
Century building XVIII. Adro with panoramic view.

Hermitage of São Lourenço
Construction of the XVI / XVII. Front of the altar with 17th century tiles. XVIII.

Barão de São Miguel
Typical village surrounded by rounded hills covered with creeks.

Origin previous to the Roman conquest. The frequent presence of the Infante D. Henrique, during the beginning of the Atlantic navigation and the discovery of the African coast to the Gulf of Guinea, associated this picturesque fishing port to the Discoveries.
The Vila do Infante and the fortress that protected it, founded by the Infante D. Henrique, were destroyed and looted by Sir Francis Drake, in 1587, in the continuation of the action of Corsican, after the attack to Cadiz, that also reached Faro.
At Ponta de Sagres, a giant stone finger pointing to the Ocean, buildings evoke the past of a place that is part of the history of the world.
Church of Our Lady of Grace
Wind rose
Panoramic Circuit
One of the charms of the Ponta de Sagres is the wide horizons and the varied perspectives on the coast, provided by the paths close to the cliffs, excavated by vast caves.
Cape of St. Vincent
The place of obligatory passage of the ships towards the Mediterranean, the Cabo de San Vicente was the scene of important naval battles. In 1693, French Admiral Tourville defeated an Anglo-Dutch fleet. A Spanish navy suffered the same fate in 1780, in front of the English Admiral Rodney. Nelson and Jarvis defeated another Spanish armada in 1797. The squadron in the service of the absolutist king D. Miguel was captured in 1833 by the Liberal army, hoisting the banner of his niece, Queen D. Maria II.
Construction of the century. XVI, with reconstructions in the sécs. XVII and XVIII. Weapons of D. João III in the main door. Inside, the former convent of the Jeronimo friars, founded in the 18th century. XVI.
- The Coast Defense Forces
The strategic importance of Cape St. Vincent and the need to protect the population from pirate attacks led to the entire coast being heavily fortified. In addition to the fortresses of Sagres and Cabo de São Vicente, keys to the defense of the coast, many others were built, offering excellent panoramas to those who travel along the coast.

The existence of flint veins in the area of ​​Vila do Bispo should have been, simultaneously with the possibility of obtaining food from the richness of the marine fauna, demonstrated by the presence of conches, one of the causes of the first human settlements.

The coast stretching north and east of Cape St Vincent is cut by more than twenty beaches. Some are sand shells at the bottom of cliffs, others large sands with a vast sea. All are different in their charms.

Paradise of Fishermen, Surfers and Divers
The entire coast north of São Vicente is a vast fishing area where fish catch the history, from the combative corvinas to the tasty sea bass. Every rock, every cove has its admirers, its usual fishermen. Then it's the skill and the luck that dictate the results of the fishery ...
Also, surfers enjoy the north coast by their regular waves, the safety of the long sands and the total freedom of the ocean.

Protected Landscape Area of ​​Costa Vicentina

The scenic beauty and richness of the fauna and flora of the wide arch of the coast, stretching from Belixe to Odeceixe, led to the creation of a Protected Landscape Area. Here you can admire dozens of species of wildflowers, observe animals such as the boar and the eagle in their natural habitat. Opportunity for pleasant walks, but always different, between cliffs and sand.
The gastronomy that characterizes the county of Vila do Bispo, is based on what the sea has to offer, were it not a predominantly fishing zone.
Its food consists essentially of a varied range of fresh fish, cooked in a variety of ways, grilled, roasted, cooked or fried, shellfish, which is eaten cooked and bivalves that are opened on the plate. However, during hunting season, which usually starts in October and ends in December, it is common to make wild boar, partridge, quail, hare or rabbit dishes.
In the sweetshop the fig and the almond are used with abundance, as well as the bread dough with sugar plus other ingredients, as for example the greaves.
The climate in Vila do Bispo shows average temperatures around 25ºC during the summer, which means that you will not feel the scorching heat of other areas of the Algarve when staying in a holiday home in that locality. Winters are pleasant with temperatures around 14ºC.
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