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Castelo de Aljezur, Aljezur
Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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.Plan your visit to Castelo de Aljezur and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Aljezur vacation planner.
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Lovely castle ruins, drive up from the road up from the N120, left toward Vale Da Telha then right just before the T junction at the top. It is the only right hand turn. It misses Aljezur if in peak s... read more »
Situé sur les hauts de la ville, le château domine toute la vallée. C'est une construction très particulière en hexagone, bien conservée, complet mais petit. Il n'y a rien à visiter mais la vue est su... read more »Located on the heights of the city, the Castle dominates the Valley. It's a very special Hexagon construction, well preserved, complete but small. There is nothing to see but great views on the surrounding area.show original
A subida até lá acima custa, mas a vista de que se usufrui é brutal! O percurso até lá está bem sinalizado, mas é sempre a subir. Levem água e calçado confortável. Na volta, desçam pelo outro lado.The climb up there, but the view that boasts it is brutal! The route until there are well signposted, but is always rising. Take water and comfortable shoes. On the way back down the other side.show original
Daniël van Leeuwen
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!
Dmitry ShurcoClimb to the outpost stands as offers a beautiful view of the Valley. Located near the local market where you can buy tasty local nuts.show original
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