Évora and the Alentejo

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  • 1. Castelo de Estremoz

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    The former royal palace, an impressive hilltop fortress towering over the city, is the highlight of any visit to Estremoz (it now functions...Read More

  • 2. Castelo de Montemor-o-Novo

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    One of the most beautiful in the region, this huge castle towers over the city. It includes an ancient porta da vila (city gate) that could...Read More

  • 3. Castelo de Serpa

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    Serpa's 11th-century aqueduct forms an integral part of the walls of the 13th-century castle, from which there's a stunning view of town. The...Read More

  • 4. Cripta Arqueológica do Castelo

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    This stunning underground fortress displays archaeological relics from 2,600 years of settlement here. In the mid-1990s, archaeologists discovered...Read More

  • 5. Paço Ducal

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    This opulent palace draws a great many visitors—and for good reason. Built of locally quarried marble, the palace's main wing extends for some...Read More

  • 6. Castelo

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    You can venture into the tower in Castelo de Vide's castle and inside the well-preserved keep to the large Gothic hall, which has a picture...Read More

  • 7. Castelo de Arraiolos

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    Nestled on a grassy hill overlooking the village, this medieval castle stands out with its circular walls. The interior has seen better days...Read More

  • 8. Castelo de Beja

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    Beja's castle is an extensive system of fortifications whose crenellated walls and towers chronicle the history of the town from its Roman occupation...Read More

  • 9. Castelo de Elvas

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    At this castle's battlements you'll have a sweeping view of Elvas and its fortifications. There's been a fortress here since Roman times, though...Read More

  • 10. Castelo de Marvão

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    You can climb the tower of Marvão's castle and trace the course of the massive Vauban-style stone walls (characterized by concentric lines of...Read More

  • 11. Castelo de Mértola

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    Built in 1292, this castle contains carved stone from the Roman, Moorish, and Christian periods. The courtyard has a very deep cistern in the...Read More

  • 12. Castelo de Monsaraz

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    The castle and its imposing towers are one of the first things you see when you approach Monsaraz. Dating back to the 14th century, it's among...Read More

  • 13. Castelo de Portalegre

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    At the base of Portoalegre's sloping cobblestone streets stands the town's castle, which dates to the early 14th century. Sadly, the castle...Read More

  • 14. Castelo de Vila Viçosa

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    In the heart of Vila Viçosa, surrounded by lush gardens, is this medieval-era castle. For a while it was the home of the Bragança family before...Read More

  • 15. Palácio dos Duques de Cadaval

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    The palace is readily identified by two massive stone towers that have pointed battlements. These towers, once part of a medieval castle that...Read More

  • 16. Palácio de Dom Manuel

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    At the entrance to the Jardim Municipal, only a part of this former royal palace remains. The existing wing was restored after a fire in 1916...Read More

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