Sao Bras de Alportel

Sao Bras de Alportel common with the Algarve as a whole, was inhabited in prehistoric times and in the days of the Romans. Birthplace of the Moorish poet Ibne Ammar in the 12th century, Sao Bras de Alportel was by the 16th century a small village with a Hermitage. From the 17th century onwards it was the summer residence of the bishops of the Algarve, who were drawn to it by its agreeable climate, and in the 19th century it became the crossroad of the routes linking Loul to Tavira and Faro to Almodover.


The area’s extensive plantations of cork oak provided a spring board for commercial and industrial development and for years Sao Bras de Alportel was the biggest cork producing centre in Portugal and the world.

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