Castle of Alcacer do Sal, Alcacer do Sal

The Castle of Alcácer do Sal is a medieval castle located in the civil parish of Alcácer do Sal e Santa Susana, in the municipality of Alcácer do Sal, Portuguese district of Setúbal.HistoryIt predominates over the Sado valley, the hilltop on which it was implanted was successively occupied since the 6th century, becoming an important urban and military centre on the Moorish peninsula. The castle was likely constructed in the 12th century, that succeeded various older fortifications. The castle had 20 towers of more than 25m and a large keep tower, two gates along the north (including the Porta Nova in the north and the Porto de Ferro in the east). Archeological excavations occurring in the 20th century, proved that Alcácer do Sal was constructed during the Almohad Caliphate, during a period of Moorish occupation in the Iberian peninsula.It was conquered in 1158 by D. Afonso Henriques, but was retaken in 1191 by the Arab Moors, as evidenced by the construction of the pentagonal tower during its occupation.It was definitively reconquered in 1217, by King D. Afonso II, who donated it to the Order of Santiago. This military religious order remained seated in Alcácer do Sal until its move to Mértola. Beginning in 1289, the castle and fortifications were rebuilt.
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  • Even though we didn't stay at the hotel, we were told that since it is a historic site, the hotel couldn't keep us from seeing the castle. It was worth seeing the modern hotel with the old walls.  more »
  • The interior, the walls, the cloister, the chapel are all worthwhile visiting. The views are spectacular over one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal.  more »
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  • Wonderful hotel with fantastic views of this pretty river town. Excellent food and wine I'm the restaurant and bar. Perfect pool to relax by and swim away the heat. Excellent service, superbly situated, carefully designed so that no space is not aesthetically appealing.
  • Good hotel at a wonderfull location. However at E 209 for 1 night I expect top quality. Not a small room of moderate quality and size.

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