Castelo de Aljezur

Castle - Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Period, Medieval Islamic Period e Middle Ages (5412)
The Aljezur castle is located atop of an isolated hill at about 800 m height, overlooking the village of Aljezur. Its prominent position gifted the castle with a good visual domain over the plains surrounding the Ribeira de Aljezur, which could be navigated until the 16th century, assuming an important role. The site's archaeological works allowed to identify a set of diverse materials, integrated in the occupation of the Bronze, Iron Age and the Republican Roman period, as well as fortified and habitable structures chronologically framed between the 12th and 13th century (Islamic Medieval period - Almohad). The castle presents an irregular polygon shape, well adapted to the topography of the hill in which was built, with straight walls reinforced by two massive towers and has traces of a barbican on its north-western side. This castle, that reflects the constructive tradition of the Almohad, is part of the defensive system of Silves' territory. During the reign of D. Afonso III, mid-13th century, the castle is conquered by forces from the Order of Santiago, with several structural changes inside the castle being documented. The abandonment of the castle of Aljezur could be attributed to the siltation of the Ribeira de Aljezur, that resulted in a decrease of navigability, occurring between the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century (Modern period).


The castle is accessible, has on-site information panels and is part of the Al-Mutamid Route.

Visit conditions

Free entrance




    How to get there? Best practices

    Best practices

    Good practices when visiting archaeological sites

    To visit an archaeological site is to connect with our origins, to understand our path and evolution as a species integrated in the environment, and to respect and safeguard our heritage so that future generations can also visit and enjoy it.

    Walking the paths and enjoying the structures and archaeological pieces that survived over time, fosters the understanding of what is different, but also of what is common among different populations: basically, what identifies us as Homo Sapiens.

    More than just vestiges and ruins of the past, archaeological sites showcase our capacity for creative thought, adaptation, interconnection, comprehension and resilience. Without these traits we would not have been successful as cultural beings participating in an ongoing evolutionary process. These sites also allow to consider choices made in the past thus contributing for decisions in the present to be made with greater awareness and knowledge.

    Archaeological sites are unique and irreplaceable. These sites are fragile resources vulnerable to changes driven by human development. The information they keep, if destroyed, can never be recovered again.

    As such, the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) invites all visitors to enjoy the beauty and authenticity of these sites, while helping to preserve them for future generations by adopting the following set of good practices:

    • Respect all signs; 
    • Do not try to access fenced areas; 
    • Do not climb, sit or walk on archaeological structures and remains; 
    • Respect areas where archaeological excavations are being carried out, not disturbing them; 
    • Do not collect materials or sediments;
    • Do not write or make graffiti on archaeological structures; 
    • Put the garbage in appropriate containers. If none exist, take the garbage with you until you find a suitable container; 
    • Leave the archaeological site as you found it; 
    • Do not drive bicycles or motor vehicles over archaeological sites; 
    • Respect and protect the plants and animals that live in the areas surrounding archaeological sites;
    • Report signs of vandalism or destruction to DGPC or Regional Directorates of Culture (DRC);
    • Share the visiting experience and the archaeological sites, as a way of raising awareness to their preservation and making them better known;
    • Do not buy archaeological materials and report to public security authorities, DGPC or DRC, if you suspect that archaeological materials may be for sale.

    Further information:

    AIA / ATTA (2013) – Guide to best practices for archaeological tourism. 

    Raposo, J. (2016) – Código de conduta para uma visita responsável a sítios arqueológicos. In Sítios arqueológicos portugueses revisitados: 500 arqueossítios ou conjuntos em condições de fruição pública responsável. Al-madan, 2ª série, p. 20 – 77. 

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