Railway memories

A short ride from Entroncamento to the town of Abrantes by train, which replaced the vessels that traveled the Tagus, the great riverway of all times.

Entroncamento, a railway city, emerged and developed in the shadow of the railroad, first as a shipyard and later as the crossroads of the lines that connect Lisbon to Porto, Castelo Branco and Spain. Before starting the trip, it's worth seeing the neighborhoods of Estação and Camões - their houses showing flowers and laces on the windows and chimneys - to walk through the gardens and admire the old locomotives. Shortly after the train departs, in Vila Nova da Barquinha soon begin to have a glance of the Tagus, on the right; then, the way station of Tancos and the military polygon, built in 1866. Here, in 1916, the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps, was trained prior being sent to Flanders. That's why the station is often filled with soldiers. Pay attention! As if by magic you will have the first surprise of the trip: on an island, sometimes among mists, there is the Castle Almourol. The running of the train allows you to enjoy the towers and walls of this Templar defense, built on a granite outcrop in the river Tagus, in an enchanted scenario. Just before Constância, where the Zêzere joins with the Tagus, the train goes to the other bank, covered with houses and flowers, the land of confluence of the Tagus and Zêzere where Camões lived. A little farther and you will see Abrantes, on the other shore. Open as an amphitheater, the town is crowned by the castle that towered over the Tagus and the roads to Lisbon. Known as the "flowered city", on the occasion of the celebrations of the city, in May, the contest 'Flowered Streets' is held yearly. Near the bridge, the remains of the river port evoke the days when the Tagus was navigable up to Portas de Ródão.

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