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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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  • A ruined castle on top of a hill - what more could you want? You can drive up the hill but the view makes the climb worthwhile. 
  • In this historic place you can learn a bit about the history of Aljezur and the importance it had. Excellent to visit before heading to the beaches. 
  • Fantastic view from the top and with the information boards explaining the history and why this spot was chosen, you can visualise the Moors overlooking the land they ruled. Simple but effective! Bit ...  more »
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  • There's a nice view of the town from up here and I'd definitely recommend the short walk up to this castle.
  • 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!
  • Good city view; free of charge.
  • Climb to the outpost stands as offers a beautiful view of the Valley. Located near the local market where you can buy tasty local nuts.
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