Fort Sao Joao is a pleasant small holiday resort in The Algarve with a good sandy beach, between the resorts of Praia d'Oura and Albufeira. The Fort of Sao Joao de Arade started life in the 15th century as a lookout tower and was extended in the 17th and 18th century. Today it is private property and was turned into a home on the initiative of the poet, Coelho Carvalho. The remains of Atalaia and Quinta da Torre can be seen in the area which were medieval watchtowers used to give warning of attacks by pirates.
The resort has its own beach as well as a few bars and restaurants. Nearby Praia d'Oura will provide the liveliest of night owls with plenty of places to have a few cocktails and dance the night away.