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4480 citizens 84 km to the east of Faro

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Alcoutim, in the upper north-east of the Algarve, has been an important river port. Nowadays pleasure boats ousted the merchant ships. The environment is green and well watered.
The town is separated from Spain by the (border)river Guadiana and from the region of Alentejo by the river Vasc´┐Żo.
Economically the town is totally dependent on agriculture and handicraft.

- The 14th century castle as where Fernando I signed a peace treaty with Henry of Castile.
- With a regular ferry service you can visit the fortress of Sanlúcar de Guadiana on the opposite bank of the river in Spain.
- The 16th century main Church of São Salvador, near the river and close to the main square.

There is a small museum in the castle which displays archaeological finds and remains of the buildings discovered during the excavations.

Boat Trip
There are cruises upriver to Mèrtola in the Alentejo and downstream to Odeleite.
It is possible to rent a boat in Alcoutim.

The Mountain Villages to the west as where you can find most authentic Algarve handicrafts.

Tourist Office
Rua 1º de Maio
8970-059 Alcoutim
Tel. ++351 281 546179
Região de Turismo do Algarve
Avª 5 de Outubro, 18
8000 FARO
Tel. ++351 289-800400
Fax. ++351 289-800489

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