Located on the top of a small rocky island in the middle of the Tagus river, this sandstone castle has been described as one of the most picturesque fortresses in the country. The history of the castle dates back almost 2,000 years, and despite its respectable age, the Castle of Almourol has been very well kept. The rocky island has long been a strategically important point, controlling the waterway along the Tagus. It is widely accepted that the name comes from the Arabic word almorolan,
which means ‘high rock’. Indeed, this definition perfectly describes the wonderful location of the castle.