All photos are taken by me.
With the smart car’s terrible cooling system, I’m glad it’s already winter because the heater warms the car far better than it cools it.
I like the feel of towns that had preserved character from past generations.
A picture is worth a thousand words you say? Well, it can’t give you all the facts & accuracy you need. Therefore, I put a tiny bit of research into this to give this blog entry more substance.
Castelo de Abrantes originated from 130 BC. However only during the 12th century did they build a defensive barrier garrison along the Tagus River. Abrantes was one of the castle outposts along with the castles of Almourol, Castelo Branco, Monsanto, Pombal, Tomas, Torres Novas & Zezere.
Abrantes was rewarded for it’s heroic resistance against Almohad Caliphate & during the reign of Manuel I of Portugal & had received a foral. A foral is a royal document that were granted during the 12th & up to the 16th centuries which is considered the most important event of the town’s history. It granted public lands for the use of the community, regulated taxes, tolls & fines and established protection rights & military duties with royal service.