The Torre das Feiticeiras (Witches’ Tower) looms from the castle at the southern end of Monsaraz, part of a chain of impressive frontier fortresses, once ruled over by the Knights Templar and later the Order of Christ, who ensured the fortified town stayed in Christian hands long after it was taken from the Moors in 1167. You can clamber along the outer walls for stunning views, around a central space within the castle that was for a time used as a bullring.

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