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ALCÁCER DO SAL

Roman’s favourite

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Full of history, Alcácer do Sal is located by the Sado river. The old quarter offers a view over the river. The combination of a sailable river and good defence conditions were determining for an almost 40 thousand years-old settlement. During the Roman Empire, this was a crucial city, for it even had an own coin. It was equally important during the Islamic ruling, when the outstanding rammed earth fortification was erected at the top of the hill. Part of it can still be seen nowadays. After the ephemeral conquer of D. Afonso Henriques in 1158, it was not until 1217 that it was won back to the Portuguese Crown under the ruling period of D. Afonso II. For centuries, this locality was an important commercial port, always related to the river and the sea. The most important products were salt and wool, which were transported to the not so far port of Setúbal. Interestingly, pinion is nowadays an appreciated product and some people regard it already as the third white gold of this land after salt and rice. Alcácer do Sal presents a rich historical heritage: the magnificent castle, Santa Maria do Castelo Church, Misericórdia Church, Senhor dos Mártires Church and the palace of the estate Herdade dos Pinheiros with Roman ovens used for producing ceramics. In the surroundings, we suggest a trip to the sea and the beaches of Comporta and Carvalhal, passing by Carrasqueira, a small fishermen’s village where you can see an interesting quay set on wooden stakes and thatch huts.

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