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Alcacer de Sol Castle

Occupying a strategic, hilltop position overlooking the Sado River is the castle of Alcácer do Sal. The hilltop has been settled since prehistoric times, but today it is an Islamic fortress that dominates the hill; a fortress that played a part in the struggles between Muslims and Christians for Portugal. Besides the castle and Roman points of interest, the historic convent is now a luxury hotel, the Pousada de Alcácer do Sal.

Main Facts & Features

Timeline: a Brief History of Alcácer Do Sal Castle

What is There to See at Alcácer Do Sal Castle

Where is Alcácer Do Sal Castle?

Visiting Alcácer do Sal Castle

Opening Hours

The castle area, including the uncovered remains of the Roman Forum, is accessible daily and free to enter.

The Archaeological Crypt is open every day except Christmas day, New Year’s and May 1.
July to August: 9h30 – 13h00 and 15h00 – 18h30
Rest of the year: 9h00 – 12h30 and 14h00 – 17h30

Ticket Prices


How to Get to Alcácer do Sal Castle

Bus: Expresso from Lisbon, Coimbra, Faro, Beja and Évora.
Train: CP – Comboios de Portugal, train from Lisbon to Setúbal and from Setúbal to Ermidas do Sado, stopping at Alcácer do Sol.
Cars: highway A2 from Lisbon crosses the Sado river right next to Alcácer. A1 highway for people coming from the north.
Tourist bus: Sightseeing Yellow Tours from Carristur. Departures every 30 minutes from Lisbon, Évora, Setúbal and Palmela.
Lisbon International Airport is only 90kms from the town, at which you could hire a car.

Accommodation in the Alcácer do Sal Castle

More Thngs to See at Alcácer do Sal

Archaeology Travel Writer

Pedro Alves

Pedro has a degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Lisbon, and with his experience of mapping forts and castles in Portugal assisted us with our first foray into providing interactive maps. Pedro is passionate about history and contributes to articles on Wikipedia and groups on Facebook about medieval castles. Pedro produced our pages on the castles of Portugal.

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