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Algarve’s cork center

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Located in the heart of the Eastern Algarve, in the transition zone between the plains and Caldeirão Mountain, Sao Bras de Alportel owes its foundation to the Arabs they called the village of Xanabus. This legacy is still present in archaeological findings, in the names of places and in traditional fireplaces. Until the 20’s decade of the 20th century, it was the cork capital with dozens of factories that later disappeared. The vast cork oak forests in the mountains in the direction of peculiar villages (such as Javalis or Cova da Muda) still evoke those times, as well as the Cork Route, organized by a local association. The economic and social importance of this material has not vanished, but limestone mining industry began to play an important role in an essentially rural council. In the village, you must draw a closer look to the Ethnographic Museum of the Algarve Costume with more than 1500 pieces representing the whole region and the main church, presenting a unique altarpiece in the region.


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