Évoramonte is a medieval village, located on the road between Évora and Estremoz. At the top of a hill stands a triangular castle, surrounded by a wall that opens into 4 gates Freixo Porta, Porta do Sol, Porta de São Sebastião and Porta de São Brás. There are some incredible views from the top, which is 500 meters in the air.
Portel Castle is on the higher part of town, and on a special lookout you can see the white houses and the blue sky. In the distance we could see the fields, it's a special place, representing the symbolic images of the Alentejo. It's an unfrequented place, well worth a stop if you are driving. Free admission.
Upon entering the town of Elvas, you can not stop looking atop a walled castle. Now it's open to the public free of charge, with tour service, and is in very good condition. It has some spectacular scenic views of Elvas, and you can see the aqueduct. A nice stop, with a bit of history.
The Vila Viçosa Castle was built in 1270, under the patronage of King Afonso III. Over the centuries, it has undergone many separate renovations. It was a royal residence until 1501, when the third Duke of Bragança was executed for treason and his son Jaime Braganca declined to reside there so he built the royal palace.
From the castle grounds, you can visit the archaeological and hunting museums. Additionally, they have a shrine of the patron saint of Portugal. Unfortunately when we got to the castle, it was pouring rain and it was dark so we were only able to take a few pictures. Still, we were able to se enough to make us want to return on a future visit, because it is a place worth visiting.
Vide Castle is the castle that overlooks the village of Castelo de Vide, from its battlements has stunning views of the entire region. Built in the 14th century under the patronage of King Dinis, the castle was later rebuilt in the 17th century. They emphasize the keep of course no longer has any furniture. The visit is free.
Estremoz The medieval wall was constructed by Afonso III, and improved by his successors. It has 2 main gates of Francina and Santarem, from both there are lovely views of the city and surrounding area, it is worth making a trip there and is free, too
During our Mértola and Alentejo road trip we visited a medieval castle that began construction in the VIII century and was expanded in later times. It's built inside the old Roman walled city of Visigothic, initiated by the Phoenicians, on the banks of the Guadiana River and on top of a hill. The Castle, and its important strategic position in southern Portugal, began to decline/lose value after new discoveries and overseas conquests. Today it's a National Monument that is being restored.
Castle Portel differs from the one in Portel because it is in the city center. Entry is free and in one corner there is the tourist information. It is a castle that still retains its imposing tower. It's well worth a visit, as the rest of the Alentejo is a quiet and very nice to visit if you're in the area.
Estremoz is divided into 2: the lower and upper commercial area and it is surrounded by medieval walls, and has a maze of winding streets that lead us to the castle, where its main tower stands at 28 meters, and one of the loveliest in Portugal, and can still be visited, but beacuse it is difficult, we did not try because it was raining and it was closed. Uou have to ask at the front desk who now occupies the castle, if they will let you go in, but they have it reserved for the right to admission, so the visit can´t be guaranteed.
If you visit or compass Portalegre different towns of Alentejo, you must not forget to visit Alegrete. At first glance and when it is on the map it is not very interesting, but when you get to this small town and look out from atop the Tower of the Castle things change. I recommend that you leave the car in the square, and take a small walk through the streets up to the castle. Once there, go up to the lookout and enjoy the magnificent views and you will be able to see the Natural Park. In the early hours of the day, the silence that is here is wonderful and there are even roosters crowing. This is surely a curious place for those who are seeking the "less known face" of the Alentejo.
To beter understand Portalegre, I will tell you that the name of this city comes from the union of the words "port" and not because it has a seaport but due to the local trade routes and "cheerful", thanks to its rich vegetation and views of the Sierra de San Mamede. The castle is the ideal starting point, where tourists arrive breathless after climbing the hills. The castle, built in shades of ocher and red, rises at the top of the town, where you can enjoy some of the best views of the city. Entrance to the castle is free and you can camp near there too. To get to the main tower, you have to go on the roof which is well preserved but you need to be careful if you go with children. You can book a tour at the tourist office in the city. It is definitely worth visiting inside the walls because there are small houses, full of beautiful artefacts. I also recommend that you leave by the front door of the wall overlooking the orchards and away from the city, as it is very charming.
Although it's in ruins, it's somewhere that I recommend if you visit Elvas. Situated on a hill, a little way out of town, with spectacular views across the valley. Admission is free and you can get there by car.
If you have time, do not hesitate to tour the neighboring country, starting at Aroche. From this pretty village a road leads to the castle with its walled enclosure around the old town. It is now deserted. When you lean over the walls be sure to take in the silence and solitude of the landscape, which was teaming with smugglers in years gone by. Cottages Huelva: Http :/ / www.Toprural.Com/andalucia/casas-rurales-huelva_bd-es-21.htm