Castelo de Aljezur, Aljezur

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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.
The 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.
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  • I love castles, especially when they are freely accessible as was Castle of Aljezur when it appeared on my Algarve cycling route. The problem with this castle is that there is not much there: four.....  more »
  • We were fortunate to have an excellent guide from Sandytoes tours who was so knowledgeable about the history  more »
  • There isnt much to the tower, just walls and a mound in the middle with a flag pole. Views are fantastic though. You can park in the village and walk up or drive to the top. We walked and it was an interesting walk.
  • What a charming village on a hill! The castle is pretty much just historical ruins, but it’s all about getting lost in the narrow town’s pathways. Loved it!!
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