Castelo de Almourol, Vila Nova da Barquinha
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The Castle of Almourol is a medieval castle, located on a small islet in the middle of the Tagus River, in the civil parish of Praia do Ribatejo, 4km from the municipal seat of Vila Nova da Barquinha, in the Portuguese Centre Region. The castle was part of the defensive line controlled by the Knights Templar, and a stronghold used during the Portuguese Reconquista.HistoryIt is believed that the castle was constructed on the site of a primitive Lusitanian castro that was later conquered by the Romans during the 1st century B.C.E. It was later remodelled by successive invading forces, including the Alans, Visigoths and Moors, although it is unclear when the actual castle was established. In excavations carried out in the interior and exterior enclosures, various vestiges of Roman occupation were discovered, that included coins, millennium markers and Roman foundations, while medieval remnants such as medallions and two marble columns were also discovered in the castle's vicinity.The castle of Almourol is one of the more emblematic and cenographic medieval military monuments of the Reconquista, and best representation of the influence of the Knights Templar in Portugal. When it was conquered in 1129, by forces loyal to the Portuguese nobility, it was then known as Almorolan, and placed in the trust of Gualdim Pais, the master of the Knights Templar in Portugal, who rebuilt the structure. The structure was reconstructed, starting in 1171 (from an inscription over the principal gate) and restored during the subsequent reigns.
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  • Place loaded with history. So if enough boat, a 5 min ride from the slide in the Tagus River. The Castle this well taken care of and clean, has stunning views in all directions. Recommend a visit to this historic site
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  • It's an adventure! Take the boat to visit the castle is really cute. Very nice to take pictures. Let's do it again.
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  • The whole site is fantastic surroundings! A well preserved Castle in the middle of an island in the river Tagus.
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  • Wonderful Castle in the middle of the river. You need to rent a boat to get there, but it is very much worth a visit. The structure is very well kept.
  • A beautiful little castle that has been nicely restored and maintained. Information stations are found at various points in the castle telling the story (in Portuguese but with QR codes that can be scanned for English) When the river is low enough just wade across and follow the steps to the trail that leads up to the castle or take a quick boat ride for €2.50 (ida e volta). There is as great little bar just above the boat launch which is open from May through September with drinks and snacks including caracois and ice cream.
  • Very nice Templar's castle with beautiful views of surrounding river
  • Beautiful castle. It's very small and you can enjoy a free view from the river margin. If you want to visit it's 2.50 for a very short boat ride. You can cross the river on foot if you feel adventurous.
  • Everyone should visit this place, it's very special! The boat trip to the castle has lovely sights