Almourol Castle

Built on top of a small, craggy island at the foot of the Tagus river, Almourol Castle is one of the most visited monuments in the region. Located in Vila Nova da Barquinha, it was rebuilt in 1171, by Gualdim Pais, a Templar master, and was part of the defensive line of the Tagus.

It consists of an irregular polygonal wall, with 10 observation points, mostly semicircular, called turrets or towers, which exceed the height of the wall, accentuating the monumentality of the castle. The presence of inscriptions on tombstones stands out and immortalize Gualdim Pais origins and accomplishments. It is also known for its natural surroundings of great beauty and a mystical and romantic atmosphere that makes it a mandatory stop on a Templar route along the Médio Tejo.

See virtual tour here.


Praia do Ribatejo

Vila Nova da Barquinha

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Opening — March 1st to September 30th — Open every day. From October 1st to February 28th (closed on Monday).

Paid admission.

River departures from the Tancos pier
GPS location: 08º23'56,552''W — 39º27'31,494''N
River trips with boarding at the Pier D'El Rei, in Tancos, with a stop to visit the island and the castle, return to Tancos and visit to the Templar Interpretation Centre of Almourol (CITA). Recreational craft with capacity for 50 people.
Tuesday to Sunday (Under prior appointment only for groups over 15 people.

Departures every hour)
November 1st to 28th February: 10 am to 1 pm — 2:30 pm to 5 pm*
March 1st to October 31st: 10 am to 1 pm — 2.30 pm to 7 pm*
Prices for groups, under prior booking:
– per person up to 5 people, €6.00.
– per person from 5 people up to 14 people inclusive, €5.50.
– per person from 15 people, €4.00.

River departures from the pier next to the Castle
GPS location: 08º23'02,301''W — 39º27'43,126''N
Access to the island and to the castle (entrance to the Castle); crafts with capacity for 20 people; and admission to the Templar Interpretation Centre of Almourol (CITA).
Tuesday to Sunday.
October 1st to February 28th: 10 am to 1 pm — 2.30 pm to 5 pm*
Price — €4.00 per person

*Approximately — 10 min