São Brás de Alportel a fertile inland region
In a fertile inland region, São Brás de Alportel was known as a centre for cork production in the Algarve.
The town has narrow streets and rustic houses, although there are richer ones with painted ceramic tiles and balustrades decorated with artistic wrought iron.
One of the more sparsely-populated councils. The old Faro-Lisbon road runs north from the friendly town of São Brás, a twisting hill route with spectacular views, running across the Serra di Caldeirão. Come here for a taste of the pre-tourist Algarve life, and incidentally some of the best country food and of course medronho.