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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  • A shame to be so. Site with a huge tourism potential, but completely unimproved. I don't think it's worth the trip.
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  • Whenever I visited the island, she was always well visible. As a joke I mean that only in love to see! Beautiful place, beautiful and fantastic for some good pictures!
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  • It is worth to deviate a few Km from the highway to visit this place. The beach in front of the island is easily accessible and the views are exceptional.
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