Amieira do tejo

Amieira do Tejo – History and 4 easy km of nice landscape

Visiting Amieira do Tejo

​I never heard about Amieira do Tejo until I saw it in a Spanish guide for Portugal. Going to the área, I added it to my itinerary, and visited, with curiosity. It is a common village, with a castle, a few kilometers far from the river. It’s Ok, as a detail in a trip to the deep Portugal.

Castle

Amieira do tejo
Amieira do Tejo

Built by the Hospitallers after Belver, to enhance the defensive line of the river, this castle comes from the 13th century. 

​Losing its military importance it was partially used as private residence, and the courtyard as cemetery, until 1940 when it was classified as a national monument.

Chapel

Amieira do tejo
Amieira do Tejo

Originally from the 18th century, this chapel, very dilapidated, is worth especially for the views over the town and the hillside that extends to the Tagus.

Village

Amieira do tejo
Amieira do Tejo

Although incorporating the name of the river, the village is inland, more than 2 kilometers away. Despite the interesting historical signs, it is a town that does not hide signs of interiority and some abandonment.

Walkways

Amieira do tejo
Amieira do Tejo

For nature lovers there is a pleasant walkway that connects the Amieira pier to the Fratel dam. There are around 4 km along the river, and, adding the 3 km from the river to the town, we have a total of 7 km, which must be done in both directions. Unless…
We did it with children, starting at the dam, as they dominate the descents in that direction. Then one of us took the car to the other end. It’s 25 km by road, but the walkers were grateful for the 10 km they didn’t have to walk.

River crossing

Amieira do tejo
Amieira do Tejo

When I last visited, verifying that the GPS indicated a river crossing, I planned the trip using that crossing. When I got there, I found that the crossing is carried out by a barge, which operates irregularly, and I did not find any indication on the site about days and hours of operation.
If your GPS insists on the information… be careful! It’s not to be trusted.

Fratel dam

Amieira do tejo
Fratel dam

The Amieira do Tejo Trail, also known as Passadiços de Nisa, is just 3.6 km long, ending (or starting) at a viewpoint over the Fratel dam. It is worth knowing, however, that the road connection is long, so many people travel there and back (at least the driver, to drive the 15 km necessary to pick up the hikers at the other end).

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