Going back to school, well it is a surf school, was the best to do. With all these great beaches at the coast of Aljezur, it is a must to try surfing. Staying at the chillandsurf surfcamp, well, you not only learn how to surf, you get a lot of fun coming with it. Should be called the chillandsurfandfunandmuchmore!
Sitting above the Lovely Village of Aljezur is The Old Moorish Castle established in the10th Century. The Castle has recently undergone a great deal of restoration and some general improvements to the surrounding area have made it into a pleasent walk or an easy drive through the village and up to the castle. the new information board provide a great deal of information. Recent archaeological excavations have unearthed items which show the site has been occupied from the Iron Age.
The Castle offers a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding Countryside which is one of Portugals most beautiful National Parks.
There are no entrance charges.
A major feature of the ruins is the cisterne. It was built during the Islamic periode and had the purpose to collect rain water, which made the castle independend of a watersource. In times of a siege this was essential.
According to an information plate the castle was built during the islamic periode. In the 12th and 13th century the castle was reinforced to resist the Christian army, which tried to get control of the region. With walls of 1.5 meters thickness and watchtowers of 9 meters height the castle was well fortified. Anyway the castle was taken by Dom Paio Peres Correia and the commanded order of St. James in around 1249.
The following years there was still need of the castle as there was no agreement about the region between Castile and Portugal. With the peace which finally came into the region in the 15th century the castle was of no use anymore and was abondoned.
As in most of the villages that I came through also here you will have the chance to see storcs circling above you in the sky. Keep you eyes open for these beautiful birds!