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Santo António`s Fortress

Vila do Bispo

The economic importance of tuna fishing (known as almadrava) in Beliche Bay led to the construction of a fortress which was mainly intended to protect the fishermen from attacks by pirates and corsairs.

This fortress was badly damaged by the attack of the corsair Francis Drake in 1587 and by the 1755 earthquake. It was decommissioned in the 19th century and restored for tourism purposes in the 20th century. 

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