The Palmela Castle

You cannot come to Palmela without a visit to the famous Palmela Castle. Originally a Moorish stronghold, with magnificent views, situated on a spur of the Serra da Arrabida, the castle was constructed following the reconquest in the 12th Century and remains a solid example of fine military architecture of the time. A monastery was also added to house the faithful of the Order of Santiago, and it is this part that has been painstakingly transformed into possibly Portugal’s most desirable pousada (inn).

The Palmela Castle was built on the edge of the Arrábida mountain range at an altitude of 1,200 meters. Its past strategic importance is evident given that the views from here are astounding, taking in vast expanses of farmland, the Sado estuary to the south and even Lisbon to the north.

Here are some Palmela Castle photographs by Palmela Municipality.

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