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Castelo de Aljezur, Aljezur

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The Castle of Aljezur is a medieval castle founded in the parish of Aljezur, in the municipality of the same name overlooking the Aljezur River. Excavations in the castle have discovered that the location was occupied during the Bronze and Iron Ages, while the parade grounds, habitational structures, and two silos date to the 12th and 13th centuries.HistoryThe site of the castle was occupied, successively and uninterrupted by Lusitanians, who constructed a castro to oversee their lands, before being pushed aside by the Romans, who constructed a lookout. By the 7th-8th century, the Visigoths also used the space as a sentry to safeguard their territory.By the beginning of the 10th century, a small town was founded by Arabs, who reformulated their defences, constructing various dependencies within and outside the walls. Of these constructions, only the cistern in the castle survives their period of occupation. The castle was part of the Moorish defensive line of Silves, during the Almohad Caliphate and era of the Iberian taifas.In 1242 (or 1246), Aljezur was conquered by knights loyal to Paio Peres Correia. As legend suggests, the conquest of the castle aided by a Moorish woman, who betrayed her fellow countrymen and delivered the citadel into the hands of the knights The ''Lenda of Maira Aires, also suggests that the castle was taken by Paio Correia on 24 June, on the feast day of the village's patron saint. Its occupation did not result in the partial or total destruction of the castle, although alterations to the fortress occurred in the first decades of its Christian occupation.
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  • This is a nice castle and a lovely short visit. The scenery is gorgeous. The castle signs give you a good amount of information about the history of the area as well. If you're driving, make sure your...  more »
  • I will start by saying that it is possible to drive in your car up to this castle if you know the way - but where's the fun in that? It is so nice to walk up thfough the ancient streets of Aljezur to ...  more »
  • A short climb through the village passing local houses and places of interest brings you to the remains of the castle. There is not a lot left of the castle to see but the information boards give its ...  more »
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  • Great views. Good information. A good quick castle visit with hot and tired children!
  • There's a nice view of the town from up here and I'd definitely recommend the short walk up to this castle.
  • Good city view; free of charge.
  • Calling this a castle is a bit ovverrated in my opion, I would call it a ruine. But nevertheless 4 stars as it's an interesting place to visit, read about its history and enjoy the views of the lands arund you. Go up, it's worth it!
  • Nice views to Aljezur