Paderne

Paderne
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Paderne was conquered in 1189 by D. Sancho I, but the town was only Christian for a short time as it was returned to Arab sovereignty three years later by a famous Almohad caliph. The village was not retaken by the Christians until 1248 when Paderne Castle, which is one of those to figure on the Portuguese flag, was captured from the Moors.

Other monuments that are well worth visiting are the Watermill, the Castle Bridge, the Main Church, and the Chapels of Nossa Senhora do Pé da Cruz and Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Our Lady of the Assumption).

Apart from being rich in cultural heritage, Paderne is well known for its dynamic people who are filled with a spirit of initiative.

Evidence of this characteristic is the Accordion Museum, which includes around 1,500 items, including accordions, photos, trophies, concertinas and many others.

In the parish, there is also a natural area which is ideal for walks during which different birds and plants can be seen near the Quarteira river and at Fonte de Paderne.

Agriculture is the mainstay of this village, which belongs to the municipality of Albufeira; for that reason, the local cuisine is more closely connected to the land, as you can see on the pages where the secrets of some of its most iconic recipes are unveiled: olives in a dressing with dry-cured ham, broad bean soup, cabidela and fig “cheese”.