"IN THE HEART OF ALENTEJO" Montemor-o-Novo by JoseMonteiro

Montemor-o-Novo Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 22 photos

This town is one of the oldest in Portugal. The richness of it's lands allowed human occupation since pre-history. The region is full of monuments that prove it : caves with paintings from the upper paleolithic as well as megalithic monuments.
The shape of the town has we know it was a work of the islamic occupation. After their expulsion a magnificent castle was built, very probably where the arabe city stood once. It was also a construction to stop spanish invasions. The first mention to this town dates from 1181.
The modern city of Montemor-o-Novo lives with those legacys, trying to bring them back to peoples memory. That was how i hended up in here, working on an archaeologycal field in a convent built in the 16th century.

The castle's main entrance

Besides its great history this town has other things to offer. The landscape is fantastic has this picture taken from the castle shows.

  • Last visit to Montemor-o-Novo: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 3, 2004
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