Mercado Municipal de Vila de Santo Antonio, Vila Real de Santo Antonio

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Vila Real de Santo António is a city, civil parish, and municipality in the Algarve, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 19,156, in an area of 61.25 km². It is one of the few municipalities in Portugal without territorial continuity: its territory comprehends two parts, with the municipal seat located in the eastern part. Both the city and the municipality are the southeasternmost of Portugal. Vila Real de Santo António was founded after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, and largely expanded in 1774 using the same architectural and construction techniques employed in the reconstruction of Lisbon after the disaster.
The city is situated next to the Guadiana river. Before the construction of the Guadiana International Bridge (in its neighboring upstream municipality of Castro Marim) it used to be the easiest access to Portugal from Andalusia (via ferry from the Spanish city of Ayamonte across the river). Nevertheless, international movement of people and goods is still intense and much visible in the city.
The history of settlement in the region pre-dates the Pombalinan community of the 18th century. The coastline area of Vila Real was inhabited by Megalithic tribes who constructed beehive tombs in the around Nora, near Cacela. The Romans, and much later the Arabs, made the settlement of Cacela an important village during their occupation of the territory, constructing fortifications to protect them from invading bands.
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  • The municipal market of Vila Real de S.A: it is not huge (it is certainly not the Boqueria of Barcelona but not even small in view of the size of the town. You can buy fresh fish, vegetables and even meat; plus a few counters I wouldn't feed. However, the owner is the fish in all its varieties, fish proper, crustaceans and shellfish; surely you can go from quite cheap prices (blue fish) gradually to increasingly expensive prices, but never without reaching Italian prices. On the contrary, I am sure that during this period prices have risen in view of the large number of tourists who have chosen V.R de S.A. for their holidays. I'm checking this winter and I'm going to update you.
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  • Fruit, meat, fish everything can be purchased here very fresh and at good prices. Just wandering around is also worth it. In front of all the fish and the seafood you get here freshly caught. But also super photo motifs can be found here, but please ask then take pictures.
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