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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  • Thanks to whom I organized this visit Mr Philip the Tourist Office of Vila Nova da Barquinha, I want to thank you for everything but mainly for getting back the day before so I don't forget to bring water and sunscreen, that precious tip. It is mandatory to these two things. The Castle does not sell water. That beautiful castle in the middle of our river Tagus. Quite a sight! Make the boat trip is very funny our daughter was delirious. The tour costs 10 euros per person. The little girl as 7 years, has not paid. Good visit!
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  • The Tagus is dry but the castle remains beautiful, is a good place to visit! It is possible to go right next to baths with nice view to the Castle.
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  • Since the vista first sight that we have on the ground, after the boat assigns a another charm and finally inside, go for between cacti and other vegetation, and see the fantastic views from the top of the Castle. Everything wonderful. The ferry crossing costs €2.50 and worth.
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  • This is a magically secluded castle, yet quite present. The view over the river is breathtaking. It's well preserved and quaint, specially the main tower. The access is a bit dodgy though, and the sand and dirt can pose a difficulty for people with mobility issues. Don't believe the boat people: one can access the "island" by foot and hike up to the castle.
  • Quiet place, free to explore by path over the river. Boat trip around €2.50, good for a quick stop enroute elsewhere but not worth a detour
  • Great small castle and keep in a really good shape on a rocky island in the river. Boat trip and castle visit is 2.5€.
  • Nice little hike with small kids and beautiful views from the top. Quick pit stop
  • Nice location. Beautiful view. Nice little restaurant with friendly staff.

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