This Moorish castle dates back to the 10th century and was was one of the last Moorish strongholds in the Algarve. Built to guard Aljezur when it was a river port providing direct access to the sea the castle did its job admirably. It was only in 1249 that the castle fell to the Christians lead by king D. Afonso III
Positioned upon an 88m high hilltop, the castle offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding floodplain, the hills of Monchique and the coast.
The castle is built to an irregular polygonal plan and still...
The Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park is a huge swathe of the coast of Southern Portugal taking in much of the Atlantic coasts of the Algarve and Alentejo. It stretches for around 150 km (100 miles) from Porto Covo in the Alentejo around Cabo de Sao Vicente to Burgau in the Algarve.
The park includes a range of natural habitats but also protects the cultural heritage of this historic coastline.