Municipality of VRSA advises against using Cacela Velha for bathing activities

Alternatively, the municipality proposes the beach of Fábrica or the beach of Manta Rota

Photos: Elisabete Rodrigues | Sul Informação (file)

The Municipality of Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) released a note this Wednesday, July 5, in which it advises against using the Cacela Velha area for bathing activities. 

«The territory of Cacela Velha – and all its surroundings – represents a place of rare beauty and ecological diversity that is important to conserve and preserve. Despite being highly sought after, especially in summer, the barrier islands, in front of the village of Cacela Velha, are not a bathing unit and, as such, are not equipped with an Assistance Service for Bathers (lifeguards)», warns the municipality , stressing that «visitors who cross on foot to reach the beach put their own safety at risk, especially when the tide is low, as the currents are strong and pull towards the sea».

“Despite the efforts of the mobile teams of the Instituto de Socorros a Náufragos, surveillance is not permanent and, for this reason, help in any emergency situation may not be ensured in good time”, continues the Municipality of VRSA.

Thus, and in order to protect the stability of the dunes and the cliffs of Cacela, guarantee the protection of the fauna and flora in this area of ​​the Ria Formosa and ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Cacela Velha, the Council advises against using the area in opposite Cacela Velha for bathing.



Alternatively, the municipality proposes a visit to the beach resort at Praia da Fábrica (coordinates: 37° 9'14.61″ N 7°33'12.63″W), respecting circulation and parking restrictions, and crossing with vessels licensed for this purpose.

Manta Rota beach is another recommended option (coordinates: 37° 9'54.54″N 7°31'11.00″W,). With a vast area and support services, it has several bathing units «that offer all the security and parking conditions for vacationers».

Praia da Fabrica and Praia de Manta Rota, as well as all the beaches in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António, «offer, for your safety, an assistance service for bathers, certified and in accordance with the legislation in force», ends the autarchy.

«Help us to protect this heritage, which is also yours, and guarantee its safety», asks the Municipality.


The history of Cacela Velha has ancestral origins. It was occupied by Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs. After the reconquest, which took place in the XNUMXth century, the marks of the presence of the Moorish population in the territory continued to be reflected in the habits, customs and landscapes, and it is still possible to see traces of that era today.
The village of Cacela Velha continues to peek out over a dune string that forms the barrier islands. These islands make up the Ria Formosa, an idyllic but fragile place, which shelters a wide variety of fauna, namely birds, which look for a place to nest there, as well as a set of flora that fixes and stabilizes this geological structure.
The ecological diversity that inhabits the Ria Formosa is materialized in an important set of migratory water birds from northern Europe and in a nursery for important marine species. The cliff that supports the village and its fortress is located there.