Almourol: 32 km from Quinta da Cotovia
In the middle of the Tagus River, is the enigmatic Castle of Almourol, which is one of the most allegorical monuments of the Christian Reconquista.
The Castle Castelo de Almourol is a small island in the middle of the Tagus River. It is one of the most emblematic monuments in Portugal, because of its importance and the surrounding landscape.
The history of the Castle recalls the Reconquista, the reconquest of the territory during the middle ages. When the Christians came here in 1129, the Castle already existed under the name Almorolan; It was then commissioned by Gualdim Pais added to the land of the Knights Templar.
According to an inscription at the entrance was the reconstruction of the castle dating from 1171.
Together with the castles of Tomar, of Zêzere and Cardiga formed the castle the defensive line of the Tagus River.
After the Knights Templar order was disbanded and the territory no longer needed to be defended, hit the castle in oblivion until the 19th century. When it was restored in the style of romanticism and the result of this you can now itself.
A nice detail is that the movie "Monty Python and the holy grail" was recorded here.
On the shore is a restaurant with terrace with wonderful views.