Fodor's Expert Review Castelo de Estremoz

Estremoz Castle/Palace Fodor's Choice

The former royal palace, an impressive hilltop fortress towering over the city, is the highlight of any visit to Estremoz (it now functions as a luxury pousada). The palace was built in the 13th century by Portugal's King Dom Dinis. It's named after his wife, Queen Isabel of Aragon, who died here in 1336. An explosion in 1698 destroyed much of the medieval structure except the Torre das Tres Coroas (Tower of the Three Crowns), which you can still climb today for fantastic views of Estremoz and the surrounding countryside. The palace was restored after the ammunition blast and fire. The interior is like a museum, housing an impressive collection of 17th- and 18th-century artifacts and furniture.

Castle/Palace Fodor's Choice

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Largo de D. Dinis
Estremoz, Évora  7100-509, Portugal

268-332075

www.pousadas.pt

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free admission to pousada lobby, tower, and chapel

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