Castro Marim is on the right bank of the Guadiana River and on the other bank is Andalusia land. The village has the unique environment of the Castro Marim Nature Reserve, a place where countless species of birds live, while others such as flamingos rest there from their migrations. From the top of the castle walls you can enjoy the extensive protected area, the imposing International Bridge of Guadiana, and the fix your eyes on extending panoramic until Vila Real de Santo António, at the mouth of the Guadiana River.
The river borders the village with its traditional architecture and the old 16th century fortress, you can also see the lands of Andalusia (Spain) and the artisanal salt pans with the crystals shining in the sun that extend in the river sands around the castle, erected by D. Afonso III.
Castro Marim’s connection to salt activity has long been a long time, making it almost impossible to determine the precise date of its beginning. The wisdom of the salt workers, which preserves traditional art and instruments, offers superior quality products, sea salt and salt flower.
The wide sands of the beaches of Alagoa/Altura, Verde Lago, Verde and Cabeço are two steps from the village, offering more than 3 km of golden sands and clear water with mild temperature.
Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs have left their mark on this border land that is 6 km from the southern coast of the Algarve. Being close to the river, the sea, the plain and the mountain and bordering Ayamonte, Castro Marim was for centuries an important war square of the Algarve.
The people of Castro Marim, accustomed since antiquity to living with different peoples from the Mediterranean, exchanged products and practices, absorbed ways of being and doing, knowledge matured by the time they came to us through the artisans, the traditional heritage of Castro Marim, who preserve the memory and a culture of a people.
Visitors can still find those who make the famous and delicate bobbin lace, a textile made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on bobbins to manage. It is still possible to know who, with wise hands, weaves baskets with straw and cane, reed leaves and palm tree. All this heritage of popular culture is allied to the natural landscape of the municipality of Castro Marim, a territory with numerous charms to discover.