Algarve History and Heritage Alferce Castle
Located in the municipality of Monchique, Alferce Castle (ruins),
also known as Castle of Pedra Branca White Stone Castle), it is an example of Islamic military architecture. Castle built in the tenth or eleventh century by the Muslims. This castle, together with the Belinho Castle (near Portimão), Paderne Castle, Aljezur Castle, Alvor Castle, Lagos Castle, Martim Longo Castle, Alcoutim Old Castle, Tavira Castle, Faro Castle, Alcantarilha Castle, Salir Castle and Loulé Castle served as military stronghold of support for the castle of Silves, the head of the Al Andaluz, Al Garb.
Thus there are only a few walls and a cistern, hidden among vegetation and between trees. It has been subject of archaeological excavations, as result, were found some traces of Roman occupation.
Access: From Alferce, follow the road to Portimão, the ruins are located on a hill located about 5 km, and the access is very difficult.
Location: In Sitio da Pedra Branca - Alferce
Postcode: 8550-033 Monchique
Nearby (45mn drive): Lagos, Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença
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