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Ilha do Pessegueiro, Porto Covo

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Pessegueiro Island, literally island of the Peachtree, is a small island/islet located along the southwest coast of the civil parish of Porto Covo in the municipality of Sines. The island and the adjacent coast are part of Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, but Pessegueiro island is also notable for the 15th-16th century fort located at its centre and Roman ruins along the coast.HistoryHistorically, the island was first occupied by the Carthaginians before the Second Punic War (218-202 BCE).At the time of the Roman conquest of Hispania, the island hosted a small fish processing centre, as determined by archaeological excavations which discovered the remains of salt tanks along the southern coast.To help defend against privateers, the natural anchorage was extended at the time of the Iberian Union with an artificial rock barrier connecting the island of Pessegueiro to the coastline. In 1590, construction began on the Fort of Pessegueiro Island, which came to occupy a dominant position on the island, with the purpose of providing military support to a fort on the mainland. Work on the project was halted in 1598 in order to construct the Fort of Vila Nova de Milfontes.
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  • Nice llittle spot to visit for a few hours. We travelled from faro airport with faroairporttransfersalgarve.com and they were fabulous. Very good company transfers  more »
  • What a great place! Spent several days here with 2 young children. The crystal clear waters with just a shallow undulation, the sight of the island from the beach, unspoiled, uncluttered of people - p...  more »
  • Family beach with a long shore line inviting bathers to take long walks. It is a shame that for the beach area that is not patrolled/watched people keep bringing their pets and spoiling such a lovely ...  more »

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