November 17, 2016

Fortaleza da Arrifana

The Fortaleza da Arrifana is a ruined fortress on the headland at Praia da Arrifana on the sea west of Aljezur on the Atlantic Coast of the Algarve region.

Fortaleza da Arrifana, Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.


The Arrifana fortress was first constructed in 1635 during the reign of King Philip IV to protect the fishing industry in the area. By 1754 there was a small garrison here with cannon and 13 soldiers.

The fortress was massively damaged by the 1755 Earthquake which greatly affected Lisbon and the south of Portugal.

Repairs were undertaken in 1762 and 1771 but finally the fort was abandoned in the early 19th century.

Fortaleza da Arrifana, Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.


In 2011, the structure was secured and excavations undertaken. There are superb views of the coast from its walls.

The beach at Arrifana can be reached by taxi from Aljezur in about 20-25 minutes.

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