Portugal is the oldest state in Europe, having its current borders defined by 1243.
Almourol belongs to Vila Nova da Barquinha municipality, Santarém district (Ribatejo province).
This medieval castle situated on a small rocky island (75 by 310 meters) has been there more or less since the early 8th century.
The Moors of Almoravid first built it but in 1129 Dom Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal conquered the castle.
At that time the capital of Portugal was Coimbra on the Rio Mondego and the king gave the castle to the Knights Templar who controlled the north central Portugal from the Mondego River to the Tagus River.
From 1160 to 1171 the castle was expanded and took the form that we see today.
09.00h – 19.00h
09.00 – 17.00h
The castle is closed in January 1st, Easter Sunday and December 25.
The entrance is free but one way and return ticket in a small boat to take you to the castle will cost you 1, 50€.