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Loulé a traditional Portuguese market town that is one of the most popular trips of the central Algarve region. Loule makes for an enjoyable tour, as it provides interesting historic monuments, a lively market and a traditional Portuguese atmosphere.
THE HISTORY OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF LOULÉ
As is the case across most of the Algarve, the human presence in the area can
be dated back to the Palaeolithic period from artefacts found on the surface.
There is, however, a more varied and more significant archaeological record of
the Neolithic period (4,000 to 1,500 B.C.). From the Chalcolithic to the time of the
Roman occupation, mining operations, such as those in the Alte area, were the
chief reason for the establishment of settlements in the interior.
Under the Romans there were several fishing and fish salting centres dotted along
the coast, the best documented of which is the “villa” at Cerro da Vila in Vilamoura.
It is clear from archaeological finds that the Romans also settled on the site where
Loulé castle now stands.
Although the Visigoths left no trace of their time in the region, the same is not true
of the Moors (8th to 13th centuries), for whom Loulé was an urban centre of some
The Christian reconquest, in 1249, and the policy pursued throughout the Algarve
of allowing the Moors to remain in quarters outside the city walls - known as
Mourarias - made it possible for Loulé to continue to develop. With the establishment
of a fair, in 1291, Loulé became one of the major focal points for trade in the
Algarve in medieval times.
The tour will be devised and scheduled according :
Pick you up and Drop off on request.
Our local guide will pick you up at your hotel, airport or other meeting point.
Personalized transport in a luxury Mercedes vehicle or Similar vehicle, in safe & comfortable conditions.
Free Wifi and bottled water.
Min: 4 or more people ( Please confirm )
Max: Groups of 18 people ( On request )
Tour duration approximately : 4 Hrs
Saturday - Once a week
Departure from Albufeira | Other Areas
Located on the spur of a hill which was once the site of the town, it used to
boast a series of defensive walls approximately 940 metres in perimeter. It
possibly predates the Christian reconquest (13th century).
Three towers, a turret and a stretch of ramparts with a walk way along the
top define the defensive structure. Inside lies the “alcaidaria” - where the
commander of the castle lived – which was possibly built in the 14th century
and was rebuilt in the 18th century. The “alcaidaria” was visited by King Pedro
I in 1359, King Afonso V in 1458, after the conquest of the North African
garrison of Alcácer Ceguer, and King Sebastian in 1573. In the courtyard of
the castle there is a well, some medieval blocks and the arch of the old
gateway leading to the town.
MAIN CHURCH OF SÃO CLEMENTE (ST CLEMENT)
Probably built on the site of the old mosque, this building dates from the
third quarter of the 13th century and specialists say it reflects the southern
Gothic style of architecture. It has undergone a number of alterations, above
all in the 16th and 18th centuries. It has an ogival entrance archway surmounted
by a gable and a circular window. The side entrance is Gothic. The bell
tower began life as a Moorish minaret, from which the Moslem faithful were
summoned to prayer, and displays late Baroque ornamentation. An ancient
pillar of unknown origin is set into the wall inside the tower, next to the door.
The interior consists of three naves, with ogival arches supported by capitals.
Getting to know loulé municipality
With its origins in the 16th century, this church underwent subsequent
alterations. The façade has a simply decorated Manueline doorway (16th
century), and the side entrance is from the same period. The main and side
chapels have carved and gilded altarpieces (18th century). Among the statues
to be seen, a 16th century Virgin and Child and a 17th century Nossa Senhora
da Assunção (Our Lady of the Assumption) deserve particular mention.
In the square in front of the church stands an interesting cross mounted on
a limestone boulder.
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