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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  • Castelo de Almourol was part of our Knights Templar Historical tour from Cool Tour Lisbon. The good thing about it was when we arrived there were no tourists except us. The castle is located on an isl...  more »
  • Yes, to visit this dramatically set castle in an island, obe must board a small boat and sail along the coast of the river before being dropped off to explore the ruins. Great views and lots of steps....  more »
  • The castle is situated on an island in a river. You take a very short and inexpensive boat ride to get there. Check the times on the sign when you arrive at the dock as you may have to wait until the ...  more »
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  • Nice location. Beautiful view. Nice little restaurant with friendly staff.
  • Almourol castle is worth visiting if you are in Tomar or around the area. It's a Knight of the Temple castle built on a beautiful small island on a river. The scenery around is quite pleasant! The visit is cheap too!
  • Great Castle with full access. The access via the boat is quite an adventure and that's cool
  • I love the scenery and the history of the castle. I came here on sunday a week ago and the boat was going on lunch for 2 hours. So i would recomend coming early or after 2pm.
  • Very well preserved castle!