FortePessegueiro

History

Porto Covo village is a jewel of popular architecture. Largo Marquês de Pombal (Square Marquês de Pombal), a wonder of Portuguese Illuminist architecture, keeps almost intact the outline of the 18th century and it is a compulsory visiting space.

Roughly 250 metres off the coast near Porto Covo is the abandoned Ilha do Pessegueiro, an island that has long been a great source of inspiration for poets. Here are to be found some remains of its occupation by the Carthaginians during the third century BC, as well as clear evidence of the island's Roman occupation, particularly its fish-salting tanks. However, tradition and our fertile imagination tells us that it also acted for many centuries as a refuge for pirates. Nowadays, it is possible to see the ruins of a fort that was built there in the seventeenth century and which, operating in tandem with an identical fortress in Porto Covo, defended this part of the coast.