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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.
The 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. Arrange to visit Castelo de Aljezur and other attractions in Aljezur using our Aljezur online route planner.
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  • Just a short walk from the town is the ruins of the historic castle. The views from the site are very good and well worth the walk up hill. The site has a number of information boards relating to the....  more
    Just a short walk from the town is the ruins of the historic castle. The views from the site are very good and well worth the walk up hill. The site has a number of information boards relating to the....  more »
  • A bit of a hairy drive up there, but worth it for the views. Not much of the castle to see, and no information about it at all. 
    A bit of a hairy drive up there, but worth it for the views. Not much of the castle to see, and no information about it at all.  more »
  • Both walks up to the castle are nice in their own way - the direct route is very steep but has a lovely eucalyptus forest to walk through for the last part. The more meandering route through the old....  more
    Both walks up to the castle are nice in their own way - the direct route is very steep but has a lovely eucalyptus forest to walk through for the last part. The more meandering route through the old....  more »
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  • Both walks up to the castle are nice in their own way - the direct route is very steep but has a lovely eucalyptus forest to walk through for the last part. The more meandering route through the old town shows some pretty houses and gardens and is more gentle. Or you could drive, there's space for a few cars at the top. There isn't much of the castle to be honest, half a curtain wall and a couple of towers that look to be just solid platforms. There are information boards and spectacular views too.
  • Looks impresive from outside, but inside it's just a heap of ground. Not worh going, better to see it from outside
  • If you're in the area, you should check it out. It's easily accessible (small parking lot right at the top next to the castle) and a nice view. You could see the whole thing in 5 minutes.
  • Nice 10 minutes visit, amazing view to Aljezur and surroundings. A parking lot for 5-6 cars right next to the entrance. No fee.
  • Very cool windy steep hill to get to the top, well worth the walk for the stunning views and wonderful bit of history.

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